Mataranka Never Never Festival

Posted: 21 February 2020

In 1902 Jeannie Gunn, a Melbourne schoolteacher, went with her new husband to live on the remote Elsey cattle station near the Roper River in the Northern territory. though she spent little more than a year there, her experiences in the outback and her contact with the local Aborigines impressed her deeply, and on her return to Melbourne she set down her recollections in two books, We of the Never Never and the Little Black Princess. these books have become classics of Australian literature, beloved by generations. they are presented here in a special condensed edition for the enjoyment of today’s readers.” - HarperCollins Publishers Australia

When: 15-17 May & 22-24 May 2020
Where: Roper Tce, Mataranka, Northern Territory

Theme Night, Rodeo, Mega Markets & Campdraft

Head to Mataranka in May as the Never Never Festival turns on 10 days of fun!

2020 Never Never Festival Dates

Weekend 1
Fri 15th May - Museum function
Sat16th May - Rodeo Mataranka Fishing, Sporting and Recreation Club
Sun17th May - Mataranka Markets

Weekend 2
Fri 22nd to 24th May - Mataranka NNF Campdraft

NNF Heritage and History

The Never Never Festival embraces and celebrates the diversity of the Never Never and is a tribute to Jeannie Gunn's famous 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. The family friendly festival will be full of culture, music, food, art, dance and sport.
The Never Never Festival is run by community volunteers and has been an important Mataranka fixture for several decades.

Surrounding Region

If you are attending the Mataranka festival and passing through Katherine why not stop for a day or two at The Beagle Motor Inn and check out the many sights and attractions of our local region.

Festival News

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The Beagle Motor Inn Katherine offers a choice of accommodation options including double, twin and family rooms.   At Beagle Motor Inn you can also enjoy access to our outdoor pool and spa, complimentary WiFi*, onsite restaurant ’Stormy’s Bar & Bistro’ and our tour booking service.


*pictured: Mataranka Bitter Springs, Northern Territory