Where is Wide Open Space?
The festival takes place each year at the incredible Ross River Resort, 80kms east of Alice Springs on the Ross Hway. For 3 days we are lucky enough to call this incredible nook our home, tucked in amongst the ancient ranges at the mouth to N’Dhala Gorge on Eastern Arrernte country. The site has spectacular views of angular rocky escarpments, River Red Gum forests and the Trephina Creek river bed. With 300 days of sun a year, gorgeous mild autumn weather that only Central Australia can provide, Wide Open Space is the perfect time to visit the desert. Days are warm while desert nights can be really quite cool. Pack accordingly…
Along with showers, heaps of shady trees and campsites…. and a swimming pool… yes, a swimming pool… and no neighbours to complain about noise levels, this is easily one of the best festival sites in Australia. Seriously… look at it….
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. PLEASE NOTE: As the site is quite small, vehicles will only be allowed entry to festival side camping before 6pm on Friday night (until full). For everyone’s 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.
- The second is camping in the resort grounds about 2-300m from the main festival site. Plenty of room for everyone.
- Ross River Resort also offer private cabins for reasonable prices. (NOTE – you will need to book early as they go quickly! ).
- 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.