The big coastal cities of Australia might be famous for their cosmopolitan sophistication and beautiful coastlines, but the glorious centre of Australia is where nature and culture culminate in the most fascinating, inspiring, and delicious ways. While everyone comes to the NT for different reasons, there are some events that bring everyone together.
Desert Dreaming Yoga Retreat (April - May, Uluru)
Connect to nature on a deep, spiritual level. This exclusive week retreat includes yoga and spiritual awareness classes, dot painting workshop, massage and spa therapies, healthy and nutritious meals of bush tucker, and more.
Garrmalang Festival (May, Darwin)
A three-day Aboriginal festival hosted by the Larrakia Nation and Darwin Entertainment Centre, the Garrmalang Festival celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. This is a free event that welcomes everyone. Don’t miss the opening ceremony, which starts off the celebration with a traditional Bunngul.
Kakadu Bird Week (September - October, Kakadu)
As Kakadu is home to over one third of Australia’s bird species and voted as the premier birdwatching destination in Australia, it is the perfect host for annual Bird Week. Join in free bird activities, talks, tours, cruises, and more.
Mayali Mulil Festival - Kakadu on Country (September, Kakadu)
This incredible family-friendly festival was inspired by the Murdudjurl Community family who wanted to share the diversity of Aboriginal culture. At the festival, everyone is welcome to take part in workshops to learn Pandanus weaving and didgeridoo making, among other skills and crafts. There is daily entertainment including traditional song and dance, along with delicious snacks, meals, and drinks.
Parrtjima Festival (October/April, Alice Springs)
A stunning festival of light and art, Parrtjima shows off the Arrernte country through new technology. It is a celebration of Aboriginal artists, storytelling, and the art centres and communities near and far.
A Taste of Kakadu (May, Kakadu)
Celebrate Australia's Aboriginal culture with a most delicious take on bush cuisine in a World Heritage-listed national park.
Tiwi Island Football Final Art Sale (March, Tiwi Islands)
Head to Bathurst Island via ferry or plane to view and buy artwork and observe the best of the best Tiwi footballers take to the field for the Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final. Learn about the rich culture of the Tiwi people as you watch them prepare arts, cook food, and more.
Tjungu Festival (April, Uluru)
Visit the annual Tjungu Festival at Ayers Rock Resort. Visitors are welcomed by the local Anangu people with inma dance. The festival continues to feature interactive markets, an Aboriginal fashion parade, outdoor dining, and a mix of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal musicians and bands.
Uluru Astronomy Weekend (October, Uluru)
Take to one of the best stargazing locations in the world, Uluru, for a weekend of engaging discussions, seminars, screening of films, trivia, and more astronomical celebration.
So... what does #MyNT mean to you?