Never Never festival spread across 10 days of fun

Mataranka will come alive this weekend as the Never Never Festival returns to the region for 10 days of fun from on May 18-27.

The Never Never Festival embraces and celebrates the diversity of the Never Never and is a tribute to Jeannie Gunn's famous 1908 novel "We of the Never Never" which was responsible for putting Mataranka on the international stage.

The town has united to showcase the magic of the Never Never extending the Festival over two weekends this year.

The family friendly festival will be full of culture, music, food, art, dance and sport.

With a stellar cast including renowned Territorian Ted Eagan, (Friday, May 18 for “Back to the Never Never Theme Night”); multiple world record holder whip cracking extraordinaire and Mataranka local, Nathan Griggs; and double Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain (Satruday, May 26) the festival is not to be missed.

Cricket and netball fun is followed by the popular rodeo action on Saturday night, May 19.

A cracking good time is to be held the next morning at the Mataranka Markets on May 20 with food, craft, produce, music, jumping castle, whip cracking and more.

During the week stop and enjoy the countless attractions Mataranka has to offer before immersing yourself in a weekend of horse sports at the campdrafting.