Big Sing in the Desert

Main photo: Sharing culture and song. Photo taken at Big Sing in the Desert 2018. Photo by Amy Jean Harding. Small photos taken by Liz Phillips and Prue Adams.

Big Sing in the Desert 2023

20-23 April 2023 – to be confirmed

We are really hopeful that we will be able to go ahead with Big Sing in the Desert in April 2023. We will be discussing with the communities involved closer to the time and confirm later in the year. Meanwhile, save the date!

What is Big Sing in the Desert?

Big Sing in the Desert is a four-day singing camp that welcomes singers from across Australia at Ross River Resort, an original homestead near Alice Springs. This unique workshop provides an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous singers. 

Singers attend from every State in Australia, including up to 50 singers from Central Desert Aboriginal communities. Beginners and experienced singers are all welcome.

Your tutors, Rachel Hore and Morris Stuart, are passionate about valuing and preserving the unique sound and style of Central Desert choral singing. The Workshop encourages leaders from Central Desert choirs who may wish to share songs, culture and language.

Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated. To be notified about Big Sing events join the Mailing List.

Sponsor an Indigenous Singer

Each year hundreds of people across Australia become sponsors to support Indigenous singers to attend the Big Sing in the Desert.

Contributions go directly toward the costs of transport, accomodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities of Docker River, Mutijulu, Titjikala, Areyonga, Hermannsburg and Alice Springs.

Find out more here.

Event program

We will learn beautiful songs in 3-part or 4-part harmony led by Rachel and Morris, as well as hymns and songs in Aboriginal languages helped by members of local Aboriginal choirs.

There will be time for exploring the red gorges around Ross River, informal singing and a concert.
BIG SING IN THE DESERT begins from 4pm Thursday and finishes at 3pm Sunday. We can transport you to Ross River from the airport and Alice Springs at various times from midday onward on Thursday. We can also transport you back to Alice Springs or the airport after Big Sing finishes.


Ross River Homestead is located in the East MacDonnell Ranges, one hour’s drive from Alice Springs. There are three types of accommodation to choose from, depending on your budget.

Cabins: 1-2 beds for 2-3 people (one double, two singles, or one double plus one single) with air conditioning, fridge and ensuite. No single cabins available.
Bunkhouse: 2 to a room, 10 minutes walk across the creek from the homestead. Shared amenities block.
Camping: 10 minutes walk across the creek from the homestead. BYO camping gear. Shared amenities block.


You will need to book your own flights to and from Alice Springs. Because Big Sing finishes late Sunday afternoon, we recommend that return flights be booked for Monday.


We can provide transport from Alice Springs to Ross River Resort and return. Cost of transport is $35* per person each way (*indicative 2020 price – future price to be advised).


Food is served buffet style – with a mix of hot and cold options. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets can be catered for.
A self-catering option is available for self-sufficient campers and those with particular needs. Due to limited food prep and storage facilities we recommend the all-meal option for those staying in the cabins or bunkhouse.

If you are unsure, contact Jodie at or 0415 885 335.


All meals
Indicative 2020 prices – future prices to be advised

(per person, 3 nights, all meals)

Cabin $1,120
Bunkhouse $870
Camping $840

Self-catered breakfast and lunch
Indicative 2020 prices – future prices to be advised
(per person, 3 nights, self-catered breakfast and lunch, includes dinner)

Cabin $970
Bunkhouse $710
Camping $680

Further Information

Contact: Jodie Lee

Mob: 0415 885 335

To be notified about Big Sing events join the Mailing List.

About Morris Stuart

Founder and musical director of the Alice Springs choir “Asante Sana”, Morris also directs the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir whose stories are beautifully told in the film, The Song Keepers.

Many of the women singers who attend Big Sing in the Desert are also members of this choir.

Morris is creative director of the annual Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs.

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