Go Walkabout

An outback Festival experience, for your own desert story.

Let the Barkly desert capture your heart this August when you ‘Go Walkabout’ to the annual Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek.


Situated in the heart of the Northern Territory, this arts and culture festival shares with you the Barkly regions diverse cultures, languages and stories that you wouldn’t hear anywhere else.


The Festival is giving you the opportunity to discover and connect with their remote community to have your own desert story. All you need to give in return is your time.


‘Go Walkabout’ is a team of 15 people from all over the country who can volunteer their time to assist on this community event.


From the bush ride up the highway, the outback ‘glamping’, the Indigenous cultural immersion, desert skies and the under the stars events, this experience is ideal for those who have always ‘dreamed’ about going to the desert. 


As hosts of the Festival, we at Barkly Regional Arts are all about 'creating a positive profile of the region'. We create a platform for local artists right across the Barkly region to share their skills, stories, culture and language with greater Australia. Bringing about respect, knowledge, understanding and insight into remote communities and opening a space in which others can engage and share for two-way learning.  We do this, because we know from years of experience operating like this that we bridge gaps, provide incredible and life changing opportunities and experiences for not only our artists and communities but for those visiting which breaks down barriers. 

The Festival is our major showcase event in which you get to experience the peak of community activity, spirit and connection. You will have engagement with local people in the community you wouldn't get if you were dropping in on your way through, see sights and be informed correctly as to the significance of our local areas and work alongside the artists and crew in which to engage in conversation and form friendships. 

We are giving you, your own desert story to share with the rest of Australia. We hope that this continues to inspire more people to come and experience our community.


You will be a part of the Festival team as volunteers, working in shifts assisting us to set up events, workshops and activities.

Roles will range from: setting up tents, lifting, cleaning, decorating, assisting workshops, ensuring there is cold bottled water in ice, sunscreen on hand, selling tickets, putting out tables and chairs and assisting crew and artists. If you have specific skills we would love to know!


You pay for your airfare to Alice Springs and we pay for the rest!

This includes: 

- Travel up the highway to Tennant Creek (5 hours)

- 8 nights Accommodation

- All meals (breakfast, lunch + dinner )

- Free entry to all Festival events, workshops and activities. 

- Cultural lessons

- Media workshops to help you capture your desert story.

- Daily transport to Festival events

You will also receive a Festival pack that includes a Festival T-shirt, locally made bag filled with goodies to get you through the days.


More detailed info will be updated throughout the year.

Wednesday July 31st:

- Fly into Alice Springs

- Picked up by guides and driven up to Tennant Creek, learning about the sights along the way.

- Check into accom, dinner around the fire with billy teas and bush tucker talks.

Thursday August 1st

- Breaksfast, volunteer meeting

- Welcome to Country and cultural lesson

  To prepare for your week in Tennant Creek, we are taking a 45 minute drive to on-country. There we     will have 3 stations: 1) You will sit with Traditional Owners who will tell you all about their country and   important protocol information. 2) You will speak with the Central Land Council Rangers and hear all   about their work and how they are for country and what your obligation as guest is whilst on country.   3) You will learn information about local bush botanics. 4) You will have a language lesson and be      given the top 50 Warumungu words to know, then during the course of the week you can try them  out.

- Media workshop (photography and film), to help you capture your desert story

- Festival site walkthrough and induction

- Assist with bump in


Friday August 2nd

- Team 1 Assisting with final bump in 

- Team 2 Assisting with bump in

- Opening Festival event

Saturday August 3rd (Arts Culture Experience Day)

- Team 1 event assistance + Festival free time

- Team 2 Festival free time  + event assistance

- Event night

Sunday August 4th

- Team 2 event assistance + Festival free time

- Team 1 Festival free time  + event assistance

- Event night

Monday August 5th

- Team 1 event assistance + Festival free time

- Team 2 Festival free time  + event assistance

- Final Event night

Tuesday August 6th

-  Assist Festival clean up

- Closing night Festival team event

Wednesday August 7th

- Assist Festival pack down

- Putting together your desert media stories with media team

- Volunteer 'community backyard' event night

Thursday August 8th

- Travel back down the highway to fly out or continue on your NT journey!

To apply for this experience, download application form here.

Be sure to also check out videos of Tennant Creek under the 'Experience Tennant Creek' tab on this website.

To chat further, please call Kathy Burns, Artistic Director, 08 8962 2799.