Where is Wide Open Space?
WoS takes place each year at the incredible Ross River Resort, around 85kms East of Alice Springs.
After the drive from Alice, you’ll find yourself at the mouth of the majestic N’dhala Gorge which runs for another 11km past the festival site along a snaking sandy river bed that’s 90% dry 99% of the year. The site is nestled into the East MacDonnell ranges ,and has spectacular views of angular ancient rocky escarpments. With 300 days of sun a year and a festive climate that only Central Australia can provide, Wide Open Space is a perfect time to visit the desert.
Along with showers, flushing loos, heaps of shady trees and a swimming pool, this is easily one of the best festival sites in Australia.
Camping, Sleeping & Not Sleeping
There are several accommodation options available:
- The first is camping on the festival side of the river. While this is a great way to become immersed in the celebration, it’s only a small space so it will be loud while the stages are running.
- The second is quieter camping available on the resort side of the river; perfect for families and chilled-out types or if you need more room to spread out.
- Ross River Resort also offer private cabins for reasonable prices. (NOTE – you will need to book early as they go quickly! ). There’s a pool as well.
- Trephina Gorge National Park campground is 15km down the road, with limited campsites available. PLEASE NOTE – if you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving.
You may park your vehicle with your campsite festival side (if you arrive in time), resort side or use the carparks provided and walk your gear in.
PLEASE NOTE: As the site is quite small, vehicles will only be allowed entry to festival side camping before 6pm on Friday night (for everyones safety we stop vehicle traffic on the site at this point). After this time, you are welcome to either use the carpark and walk your gear in, or camp with your vehicle in resort side camping.
Please note; if you park in festival side camping and wish to leave during the event, your vehicle will not be permitted re-entry to festival side camping.
May in Central Australia is the perfect time to experience the extremes of desert weather. Days can range from dry-warm to quite hot, while nights can be really fricken cold. Pack accordingly…