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WOS celebrates uniquely Australian art and culture through visual and performing arts. The performance program includes burlesque, circus, roving, spoken word, experimental and hilariously fun local and interstate acts. The visual arts program provides festival folk with immersive spaces, installations, projections, and live painting to put make the desert event more beautiful than it already is.

We proudly embrace the extraordinary, the interactive and the unapologetically quirky.


Wide Open Space is an annual 3-day music, arts and desert culture festival which is celebrating it's 10th year in 2018. It promises to feed your mind, tickle your fancy and get your body moving!

It celebrates art, music and creativity amidst the stunning Central Australian landscape, in the breath-taking East MacDonnell Ranges. The festival combines contemporary and traditional culture, uniting high-calibre local talent with a selection of national and international artists.

A diverse 3-day program brings frivolity, noise, nonsense, mindfood, manoeuvres, reflections, expression, desert culture... and maybe some pole dancing unicorns...seriously! It'd be hard to find a broader range of music on offer, from folk to live hip-hop to poolside disco, Indigenous reggae and late-night dancefloors.

You'll delight in the many performances going on including; a tapestry of cabaret and burlesque, roving creatures, circus and aerials, fire and lots of dress-ups! There's also a rich program of forums and workshops spanning everything from dance and culture to sustainability and politics with plenty of hands-on artmaking. To truly understand what makes Wide Open Space so special, you need to come and experience it for yourself! Held an hours' drive from Alice Springs, at Ross River Resort, the main accommodation option is camping. There are a small number of private cabins available at Ross River Resort but, you'll need to book early to avoid disappointment. Children and Youths must be accompanied by an adult.

Map & Directions


Located at Ross River Resort, 85kms East of Alice Springs, at the end of the Ross Highway

All festival goers must find their own transport to and from the site at Ross River Resort (the shuttle bus is sold out).

Getting there from Alice Springs:

Follow the Ross Highway out of town (turnoff is just south of Heavitree Gap) and head East until you get to the site at the end of the road. One of the most spectacular hour-long drives you’ll ever take!

Arriving: Gates open at Midday Friday. Please do not arrive earlier than this and expect to get in.

Cancellation Policy

All Tickets sales are FINAL AND BINDING. A change in personal circumstances of the Ticket Holder does not entitle the Ticket Holder to a refund.

The Promoter will not replace lost destroyed damaged or stolen Tickets.

You may be refused entry to the Festival if your Ticket is found to be cancelled damaged or defaced in any way and does not appear in the Front Gate scanner system.

The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to change the Festival artist line-up the festival dates entry and exit times to the Festival artist performance times amount of artists special effects amount of stages amenities amount or type of stalls Festival programmes camping ground layouts Festival Site layout or any other Festival facility or attraction (jointly “Facilities and Attractions”) without notice. The Promoter shall not be required to provide Ticket refunds (in whole or in part) or other compensation to Ticket Holders if the Facilities and Attractions are changed.

The Promoter will not give any Ticket refunds (in whole or in part) or other compensation to Ticket Holders due to poor weather prior to during or after the Festival.

The Promoter reserves its rights to cancel the Festival at any time due to a Force Majeure Event which in the Promoter’s sole discretion makes it logistically impossible to continue to operate the Festival. “Force Majeure Event” shall mean anything outside the Promoter’s reasonable control including without limitation fire bad weather damage to Festival Site caused by bad weather rain flood drought storm lightning act of god explosion sabotage accident labour dispute council or police rulings or war.

The Promoter reserves its rights to shorten the length of the Festival at any time due to a Force Majeure Event.

You shall be permitted to enter and leave the Festival Site according to strict timelines published on the Website (which are subject to change) by the Promoter.

The Promoter fully reserves the right to refuse any Ticket Holder entry to the Festival Site if the Promoter in its sole discretion believes that the Ticket Holder would be a potential threat to security or the smooth running of the Festival. In the event a Ticket Holder is refused entry to the Festival pursuant to this clause that Ticket Holder shall not in any circumstance be entitled to a Ticket refund.

Ticket Holders must wear a wristband at all times during the Festival. If you are caught without a wristband you will be removed from the Festival Site.

If you are collecting Tickets at the Festival gate you must provide Festival staff with valid photographic identification. If you fail to do so you may not be admitted entry to the Festival.

YOU MUST PRINT AND PRESENT THIS TICKET AT THE GATE along with your wristband. It is your responsibility to keep this ticket safe. If the system shows your ticket as a DUPLICATE it is invalid.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST CONCERN BUT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL TIMES. By purchasing this ticket you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and acknowledge that Wide Open Space Pty Ltd is not liable for personal injury loss damage or death resulting from attendance at Wide Open Space Festival 2018.

Wide Open Space Pty Ltd reserves the right to refuse entry or remove patrons who are not compliant with the terms and conditions.

The FESTIVAL PERIOD is from 6pm Friday May 4th until 11pm Sunday May 6th 2018. Public access to the site outside of these times will be at the discretion of the Wide Open Space management.

NO BYO ALCOHOL – the festival is a licensed event with a great selection at the Bar and under the Liquor Act you cannot bring your own booze into the event. The security guards will be searching cars on entry and confiscating. Same in your camps should you be found to be drinking your own booze.

NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES – what laws govern outside the festival are the same inside. WOS management reserves the right to remove patrons and notify police should there be problems associated with illegal substances.

NO GLASS – the safety of our rubbish sorting volunteers barefoot kids and others has lead us to request that you don’t bring glass into the event. Please look at transplanting juices jams etc into plastic containers means less risk of breaking and ending up hurting someone.

NO PETS – assistance dogs with medical certificates and appropriate doggy vests are allowed. Please email to let us know that you’re bringing your medically recognised best friend.

NO WEAPONS of any kind.

NO Generators or Soundsystems – due to noise complaints about the quality and quantity of noise coming from previous ‘renegade’ sound systems we will be confiscating any generators we find. Simple solution -just enjoy the party we have put on for you.

NO DRONES – some photography is being done by the Festival with drones and as such no other drones are allowed at the event.

NO FIREWORKS – fireworks may be legal in the NT on Territory Day July 1 – but they are not welcome at WOS. The risk of starting a fire and the risk of hurting someone is too great and offending patrons will be evicted.

WASTE: WOS has “leave no trace” policy. If you bring it in you take it out. We encourage the reuse of drinking vessels and the absolute minimisation of rubbish. Cigarette Smokers- Pocket your butts or find a bin.

FIRES: Individual fires are NOT permitted but there will be designated communal fire areas around the festival site.

BAR: You must be 18+ to enter the Bar (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) Your ID will be checked!

Youth tickets valid and children admitted only in accompaniment of an adult/guardian. You will need to sign in at the gate.

CAMPING is included in the ticket price for the duration of the festival period and within designated areas.

The Promoter reserves the right to evict any Ticket Holder who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions hereunder.

For updates and full terms and conditions. visit the website:

We hope you have a fun safe and stimulating festival.