FAQs

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Tickets & Entry FAQs

I'm coming for the first time. What should I expect?
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Freedom Day Festival is a wonderful adventure, one of the great journeys and experiences anywhere in Australia. However, this is a real, do-it-yourself, bush-camping, limited toilets and showers event. Be prepared for dust, wind and the hot sun. Having a flexible and adaptable attitude is important!

Do I need to register to attend?
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We encourage all guests to register their attendance to help us with planning. You can register here.

Do I need a wristband to attend the festival?
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Yes, to attend any of the festival venues, you need a wristband (available at the festival entry and info stall/s).

Is this a ticketed event?
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No, this is a free event. However, we encourage all visitors to support this community-run, non-profit festival with by registering and donating here.

Location & Getting Here FAQ

Is there a service station on the road from Katherine to Kalkaringi?
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There’s only one petrol station (at Top Springs) along the Buntine Highway (please plan accordingly).

When should I plan to arrive for the festival?
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The festival program starts on the Friday morning, so we advise people who are driving to arrive for Thursday evening.

Can I fly to the festival?
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Yes, there are charter flights with Hardy Aviation and others that can fly to Kalkaringi airstrip from Darwin and elsewhere.

Is there a bus to the festival?
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Yes, Katherine Coaches has scheduled services that run to Kalkaringi from Darwin and Katherine, and we often charter buses too (please watch our website and social media for updates).

Is it a sealed road?
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Yes, the road is fully sealed all the way to Kalkaringi from Darwin/Katherine, but unsealed from W.A.

Where is the festival located?
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Kalkaringi, NT (often Kalkarindji on maps).

How far is the festival from Darwin?
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It’s a full day’s drive from Darwin (8-9 hours approximately) and about half a day from Katherine.

Accomodation FAQ

Can I bring my own generator to power my campsite?
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Yes, but we do ask that you consider where you set up (and how close to others) given generators can be quite noisy.

I'm coming for the first time. What should I expect?
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Freedom Day Festival is a wonderful adventure, one of the great journeys and experiences anywhere in Australia. However, this is a real, do-it-yourself, bush-camping, limited toilets and showers event. Be prepared for dust, wind and the hot sun. Having a flexible and adaptable attitude is important!

Where can I park my van?
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There are very few powered sites, however there is plenty of space in the bush-camping areas to park a van and set up a camp.

Can I stay in the caravan park?
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The caravan park is fully occupied over the festival period, only pre-booked tent guests (booking on homepage) can stay here and a limited number of campervans.

Can I pay for a ready-to-go tent?
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Yes, there are a limited number of VIP tents that will be available for purchase (linen and basic mattress, sleeping bag provided). See homepage for bookings.

Can I camp anywhere I want in the bush?
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No, there are designated free bush camping areas that are best to camp in at festival time. But there's plenty of space to set up a tent, swag, campervan etc!

Is camping free?
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Yes, bush camping around the town is free of charge at festival time (bring all your own gear). But we encourage guests to register and contribute what they can here.

Are there hotels or holiday rentals in Kalkaringi or close by?
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No, this is a camping only festival. The closest accommodation is at Top Springs.

Amenities & Services FAQs

Can I bring my own generator to power my campsite?
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Yes, but we do ask that you consider where you set up (and how close to others) given generators can be quite noisy.

Is there a dump point (for van waste)?
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At the time of writing, there isn't a dump point. We ask van visitors to arrive with an empty toilet system if possible.

Where can I charge my phone?
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Unless you have a powered site, there are limited opportunities to charge a phone (we might provide charging stations but not confirmed at this stage). Bring a battery pack if you can.

Is there mobile phone service?
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Telstra only (no other services work here). Telstra has strong 4G signal.

Is there an ATM?
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Yes, you can withdraw money at the store. But it's wise to bring cash to account for any outages/issues.

Can I get fuel?
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Yes, the local store sells fuel.

What about drinking water?
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We’ll have public water pods and water for sale at the store, but we advise everyone to arrive with their own water supplies too.

Can I buy food at the festival?
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Yes, we have a well-stocked community-owned store and a limited number of food vendors (we highly recommend bringing some supplies of your own too).

I’m bush camping, where are the closest amenities?
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We’ll have portaloos close by the bush camping areas, but showers will be a walk to the caravan park.

Are there toilets and showers?
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Yes, but due to the large numbers of people at festival time, portaloos and showers are very limited.

Cultural & Etiquette FAQs

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Watch this video.

What language is spoken?
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The traditional language of Kalkaringi/Daguragu is Gurindji, but the languages of neighbouring groups –  Mudburra, Ngarinyman, Bilinarra, Warlpiri and others –  are also known to some degree. Today Gurindji Kriol, a variety of Top End Kriol with a largead mixture of Gurindji, is the most common language in the community, with English also used with service providers. The language of instruction in the school is English.

Can I explore the surrounding area without a guide?
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No, we prefer that all guests are with a local guide when they venture outside the Kalkaringi township.

Can I drink alcohol at the festival?
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No, this is a 100% drug-free and alcohol-free event.

What should I wear?
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Please dress respectfully/modestly.

Can I take photos of local people?
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Please always ask before taking photos of people. Generally, local people are quite happy to have photos taken, but it's important to first ask.

Covid-19 FAQs

Is the festival safe?
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Generally speaking, the event is safe, and the community is very welcoming. However, please take care to secure your belongings as theft can occur at any festival.

Are there police in town?
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Yes, please call 000 for any emergencies.

Is this a COVID-safe event?
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Yes, we have a well-considered COVID safety plan.

Health & Safety FAQs

Do I need to show proof of a negative COVID test?
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At the time of writing, this is not a requirement, but it is possible this will be a future requirement (watch this space).

Do I need to show proof of COVID vaccinations?
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At the time of writing, this is not a requirement, but it is possible this will be a future requirement (watch this space).

Are there medical facilities at the event?
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Yes, there is a local clinic (but no pharmacy).