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The best time to fish is from March to May – before that the water is too
warm and sharks are a problem, and after May the water starts getting too
cold and the fish become sluggish.
In March, the increased water temperature makes the barramundi more
aggressive – they spawn and there is frenzied activity. You can chase them
up the rivers and creeks, driving on sealed roads, or alternatively, take to
the water courses and go up-river. The fishing tour operators still run and
their rates are good at that time of the year.
The inland areas are simply inundated and are closed for many weeks
at a time. Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing can have floods that last for
several weeks at a time. In April, the catchment areas are still carrying
water and you can actually get to the water holes.
Fishing competitions start around March when the fishing is best. Book
a fishing camp and have as much fun as one can have rod in hand.
TIPS AND HOT SPOTS
1 Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery
Title Mook Mook Country
Artist Tommy Carroll was born at Doon
Doon Station in the East Kimberley and
worked as a stockman there for many
years. His knowledge of his country is
extensive and the focus of his paintings.
The artwork The artist says of his
work: “Mook Mook country... is
where I was born. To the north and
west, the land flattens out – grazing
land for cattle. I have painted the big
hill north of Ngalyarrin Gap.”
Medium Ochre on canvas
Price $1800 (including
10 Papuana Street, Kununurra,
(08) 9168 1881, artlandish.com.
2 Warmun Art Centre
Title Jingina Jump-Up
Artist Madigan Thomas is a senior
Warmun artist whose work is
characteristic of the Warmun ochre
painters. Madigan learnt stories and
painting techniques from elders
Queenie McKenzie and Rover Thomas.
The artwork For Madigan, painting
is inextricably linked with the past; her
youth, ancestors and the Ngarranggarni
Kununurra kicks up its heels | Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
May 12- 22
In 2001, the community of Kununurra held a one-night only dinner
and concert under the stars to celebrate the end of the wet season.
The event was so successful they decided to do it again the following
year. As with all things Kimberley, things snowballed and a simple
dinner turned into a two-week celebration of the district’s unique
landscape, history and people.
The dinner under the stars became the Airnorth Kimberley Moon
Experience, a full-moon concert on the banks of the Ord River that
now attracts Australia’s biggest musical stars. The festival program
quickly filled with events, each as original as the Kimberley itself. It
culminates in a wildly entertaining street party in Kununurra.
To say the people of the East Kimberley turn it on for the Muster
is an understatement. These days, more than 4000 people gather for
the event. They come from all over the district and from all points of
Australia. For many people the muster has become a must. They
wouldn’t miss it, and who can blame them. It’s a great party in one
of the world’s most beautiful locations.
A highlight is the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience featuring
a headline act. There are also Indigenous cultural performances, night
markets, walks, the speedway, a corroboree, a rock and gospel concert,
rodeos, art exhibitions, a comedy night, wild walk tours, a picture garden
movie night, a teddy bears’ picnic and a diamond dig treasure hunt.
Visit ordvalleymuster.com.au for more information.
THE ORD VALLEY MUSTER
(Dreamtime) spirits. This painting
describes the country west of Warmun,
Baloowa (Violet Valley Station).
Medium Natural ochre
and pigments on canvas
Size 90x120 cm
Great Northern Highway, Warmun
Community, (08) 9168 7496,
3 Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
Title Woorreewoorrem – Wet Season
Artist Phyllis Ningaramra is a senior
artist emerging form Waringarri
Aboriginal Arts. Her work is constantly
evolving as a celebration of colour.
The artwork The artist’s palette –
mixed carefully from pigments altered
by burning and juxtaposition – make her
one of the most extraordinary colourists
working in natural ochre pigments.
Medium Ochre pigments
Exhibition Living Country
February-June, Speargrass Road,
Kununurra, (08) 9168 2212,
Compiled by Jessica Matthews
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