Kakdu Billabong Safari Camp - Video
OVER 2 AWESOME NIGHTS IN 2019
The 2019 Mayali Mulil Festival a Kakadu On Country Gathering is set to offer a real cultural experience with nature and traditional song and dance, from Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8.
In it's 4th year Mayali Mulil Festival will take place on Murumburr Umbukarla country, and is hosted by Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp - a local Aboriginal family owned/run cultural tourism business offering safari-style eco accommodation and Aboriginal cultural experiences beside Jim Jim River system, in Kakadu National Park.
Location in 2016 was at Murdudjurl Community due to early rain washing out the dirt track to the Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp 15 kms further up the river. This year the Festival will be at the Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp. Road access subject to weather.
The idea of Mayali Mulil started some 10 years ago with the Murdudjurl Community family, who hoped to bring people together on Murumburr country to share and connect with the diversity of Aboriginal cultures both near and far. They also hope to share, support and promote local and regional Indigenous enterprises.
Mayali is part of Bininj Kunwok (Western Arnhem Aboriginal languages similar to Kundjeyhmi and Kunwinjku). Mulil means many - in this case a large gathering of people. In particular, people gathering and connecting together under the umbrella of Mayali language and culture.
The festival is a gathering of people, country, culture and enterprise with an aim of achieving a sustainable balance between two worlds.
This year the Festival has a new website and ticketing system. Festival Passes can be pre purchased, with 2 day passes or 1 day pass for entry and begins on Friday 7 September from 2pm with camping sites available over the weekend. Or why not buy a Festival Safari Tent Package and stay in our Eco Tents.
The main festivities will kick off on Saturday with stalls, food and drinks, over 10 cultural activities and workshops. Including pre paid 3-4 hour workshops Pandanus Weaving, Didgeridoo playing, Plucka Goose Cook Off. Free activities including Bushwalks and talk, spear throwing competition, kids activities, water games, string making, painting and more. See the full program here
The festival will also feature traditional Aboriginal song and dance followed by music by Indigenous singers including Shellie Morris. We will announce more artists leading up to the festival.
Shellie said Mayali Mulil is an incredibly unique festival which works part and parcel with the Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp.
“It gives families a chance to come and sit around to enjoy the wonderful activities on offer (and) it’s a chance for the community to come together,” she said.
“It is incredibly unique and we hope the festival can grow and be sustainable.”
Festival-goers can self drive AWD access (4WD and 2WD high-clearance recommended), drive along the Kakadu Highway turning off at Jim Jim Billabong Road.
With the access dirt road to the festival beginning at Murdudjurl Community, visitors are reminded to be respectful as they pass through Aboriginal community.
We look forward to having you stay with us.
Jessie, Mandy and the Festival Family
Driving and arrival
Self drive to Kakadu on bitumen road, our turn off from Kakadu Highway is part dirt road. DRIVE SLOWLY AND BE SAFE! Follow the Festival signs from the turn off.
AWD access only, shuttle service to be confirmed from Cooinda. For more info please see FAQ.
On arrival to the community, you must register at the Murdudjurl Community, Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp main office. Collect your map and Festival Program, collect your pre paid entry passes
Festival check in Box Office Operating Hours - The Main Office is open on Friday 2pm to 7pm, Saturday 7.30am to 5pm. Only after this time can you register further up the track at the Safari Camp Box Office. Eftpos available at Main Office only. (office hours may vary, follow signage)
GET THE MAP
Located 320 Kms from Darwin, turn onto the Kakadu Highway turning off at Jim Jim Billabong Road.
With the access dirt road to the festival beginning at Murdudjurl Community, visitors are reminded to be respectful as they pass through Aboriginal community. Signage will direct you to the registration Festival Box Office.
FESTIVAL PASS WITH FREE ACTIVITIES. PAID WORKSHOPS
All "Activities" are free and are included with your Festival Pass. Includes camping site, concerts and entry to the festival plus all our facilities.
Activities include - Bush walks and talks, Damper Tea and Story Telling, Spear throwing competition, reading a book in the peace and serenity, (adult fishing subject to croc safety) Kids Bush Mob games, water slide and many more kids activities detailed in the program.
The 3 hour "Workshops" are charged extra to cover the cost of the workers and produce.
Workshops include - Panadnus Weaving, Didjerido making, Plucka a Goose Cook Off
3 hour Workshops with local indigenous elders and our family start from $45 pp.
See our FAQs page and click over to book your tickets.
KEEP OUR BAKCYARD GREEN & CLEAN
Please take away all your rubbish and leave our land as you found it.