Getting here

Formerly known as Wave Hill, the twin communities of Kalkaringi and Daguragu are small and very remote Aboriginal communities in the upper Victoria River region of the Northern Territory, Australia. The communities are located on the Buntine Highway 480km southwest of Katherine and approximately 800km southwest of Darwin. The combined population of Kalkaringi/ Daguragu is approximately 750 people.


It takes approximately eight hours by road from Darwin to Kalkaringi, which will take you through only one major township of Katherine, approximately five hours from Kalkaringi. The community can be accessed all year round via a sealed road, although access may be difficult during the wet season due to flooding and the condition of the road (rainfall is highly unlikely in August). The community can also be accessed via air through chartered air services.
*Please note: If you’re driving and you want to make it in time for the Freedom Day Welcome to Country and community march and talks on the Friday morning of the festival, it’s best to arrive in town on the Thursday evening (26 Aug 2021).
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By Car

From Darwin, travel south along Stuart Highway for 300km to Katherine.From Katherine travel west along the Victoria Highway for 130km andturn left onto the Buntine Highway. Travel for 290km through to TopSprings and then Kalkaringi (170kms). Please take care whilsttravelling the Buntine Highway as you may meet road trains from thecattle stations, and cattle and wildlife are frequently on theroad. Get completely off the road if you see a road train comingtowards you on the single-lane highway.

By Public Transport

Katherine Coaches, big supporters and friends of our festival, have previously provided buses from Darwin to Katherine to Kalkaringi for the very generous offer of just $50 each way. Closer to festival time, we will announce further details.