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THE RETREAT ACCOMMODATES
Check accommodation websites when planning your trip: many stations only open during the
dry season. Birdwood Downs near Derby offers horseriding trails with bungalows and unpowered
campground sites. Digger’s Rest Station, south of Wyndham, is an authentic cattle station with
horseriding tours, treks and an 11-day muster. Stay at bunkhouse rooms and bush huts, or camp by the
homestead or along King River. A whole day’s horseback adventure awaits at Home Valley Station in
the East Kimberley, with a guided tour by stockmen and women. Accommodation ranges from grass
castles on Bindoola Creek, to guesthouse rooms and safari-style eco tents, or a campground. El Questro
has guided tours including one delving into the history of the once-working cattle station up to its
current status as a wilderness park. The luxury lodge has camping options, bungalows at The Station, the
Emma Gorge resort and clifftop vistas from The Homestead. For northern Kimberley adventures, head to
Drysdale River Station for riverside or homestead camp areas. Mount Hart Homestead offers two areas
to stay in, including an original working cattle station. Charnley River cattle station has camping sites,
rondavels and camping huts. Nallan Station is a working cattle and sheep station, and Ellenbrae Station
has stockmen’s cabins and campsites at its cattle station. Mount Elizabeth has produced beef cattle
since the 1950s and offers tours and accommodation for visitors keen to hear about living and working
on a remote station. Big River Ranch at Kalbarri has daily rides: you can camp or opt for a farmstay room
or self-contained family unit. Just 50m from the Indian Ocean, Barn Hill Station Stay has beachside
accommodation in an outback atmosphere. Close to Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay and Exmouth, Bullara
Station has caravan and camping sites, and self-contained rooms. Northwest of Carnarvon, Quobba
Station runs 10,000 damaras (South African meat sheep) with luxury eco-safari tent accommodation
built in 2004. Established in 1898, it contains original cottages including an old blacksmith’s, stables, an
overseer’s residence and jackaroo quarters. Murchison’s Wooleen Station has camping and caravan sites,
plus rammed-earth guest houses and bedrooms in their heritage-listed homestead.
A huge three-day event held at the railway siding
of Rawlinna. Visitors can watch gymkhana events
and bull riding, and take part in skeet shooting
and arm-wrestling competitions. Apr.
Hosted annually by the Royal Ascot Raceway,
the New Year’s Day event sees about 30,000
spectators and punters flock to the course for
a few bets and bevvies. Jan.
HALLS CREEK RODEO
A three-day program jam-packed with steer,
bull and bareback riding, camp drafting, an
outback challenge for local stockmen and
women, a unique Saddle Bronc event, and
a mini stampede gymkhana for kids. Jul.
ORD VALLEY MUSTER
More than 30 concerts and activities for
Kimberley residents and visitors who flock from
around the nation and the globe each year. Jun.
MARBLE BAR BALL AND RACES
Ticketed as the ‘hottest race in Australia’s hottest
town’, the Marble Bar Ball and Races attracts
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a crowd of up to 3000, with the race event held
annually since 1893. The ball the night before
gets punters in the mood. Jul.
FITZROY CROSSING RODEO
Cowboys and cowgirls are put to the test in
a range of events. Jul.
CAMPDRAFT AND RODEO
The national club organises the annual Derby
Outback Rodeo, Gymkhana and Campdraft,
featuring a range of events with bars, bands,
food vans and camping available on-site. Aug.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club hosts the
popular XXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup, which sees
people gather to watch one of the most iconic
events on the nation’s racing calendar. Sep.
BROOME TURF CLUB
The regional club hosts race events including
a two-week carnival with the Kimberley Cup,
Ladies Day and Broome Cup. In addition, the
Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival is a major
drawcard for visitors to the town. Various dates.
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