The Kimberley Horse Riding Adventure
August 8 - 14, 2019
Some activities depend on third party scheduling or may vary due to seasonal variations. The order of activities may change due to tides, weather, etc.
We’ll pick you up mid morning in Kununurra from the airport or your hotel and go to a café in Kununurra for an early lunch. Then it’s about 2 hours to our base for the week - the remote Kimberley cattle station, Digger’s Rest.
At the station we’ll show you around and let you settle in to your accommodation. Later you’ll meet the owners Rod and Alida and their band of helpers over dinner. Enjoy a welcome drink by the campfire before retiring to your Bush Hut or bunkhouse room.
A billy tea will be on from 5.30am but if you feel like a more laid-back start, head down for the cooked breakfast served at 7.30am. We’ll saddle up for a 3 hour ride and explore the station, riding along the river and beneath boab trees as you get to know your horse and gear.
After lunch, try your hand at throwing a cast net on the lawn in preparation for getting bait and barramundi fishing tomorrow.
Later we make a short trip to the sunset spot for complimentary welcome champagne and nibbles with the sun setting on a backdrop of boab trees and glowing ranges. On the way you’ll see locations for the film ‘Australia’. After dinner back at the station enjoy a cool drink by the fire and gaze up on a star-filled sky.
After an early breakfast we saddle up for a 3 hour ride that takes us out on the marsh for an opportunity to trot and canter, then wind back via the ridge and panoramic views. In the afternoon we’ll see if we can catch some barramundi for dinner. If you prefer to stay back, grab a hammock and relax with a book.
A full day ride today takes us up the valley on trails crossing dry creek beds, winding through tea tree scrub and open woodland peppered with woolybutt and acacia. Keep your eyes open for wild horses, brolgas, jabiru, wedge-tailed eagles and dingoes. We pass the historic Prison Boab Tree and arrive at a secluded billabong where we can unsaddle the horses, have lunch and spend a couple hours snoozing under a tree, swimming or barramundi fishing. Later we’ll make our way back to the station via grassy plains and stony ridges.
If you don’t feel up to a full day ride there's a half day option. Non-riding guests can travel in the support vehicle so as not to miss the fun. Back at the station you’ll have time to freshen up for dinner and cap off the day with an icy beer or wine.
Day 5 *
Full day out today incorporating the most suitable combination of the following options:
Aboriginal cave art site
Swim in a spring
Complimentary lunch at Parry Lagoons Café
Visit the world recognized Ramsar wetland at Marlgu Billabong
Historic Wyndham Port
Complimentary champagne and nibbles at the Five Rivers Lookout at sunset.
There’s an option this morning for keen photographers, early risers and bird watchers to visit the boab grove for some great scenic opportunities and the chance to spot a Gouldian Finch. The rest of the morning is free for relaxing, reading and enjoying station happenings.
In the afternoon, saddle up for a sunset ride with complimentary drinks and nibbles with memorable sunset views of the Cockburn Ranges and a stunning moonlight ride heading home. It’s our last night so we’ll turn up the music and let our hair down!
This morning there is the option of an early 2-3 hour ride to finish off your Digger’s Rest adventure then an early lunch before we say our farewells and deliver you to Kununurra airport in time for your afternoon flights or drop you off at your hotel.
* Activities may depend on local scheduling, weather forecast, tides and seasonal variations.