Ord Valley Muster
The annual Ord Valley Muster is an exciting, ten-day event in the north-eastern Kimberley town of Kununurra.
It celebrates the culture of the Kimberley region with a long line-up of dozens of events, to include everything from traditional Aboriginal dancing to concerts and motocross.
Thousands of people descend on the town from around the region to enjoy the muster at Ord Valley, though events are far and wide, such as the Gibb River Road mountain bike ride and the Lake Argyle marathon swim. In town, give way for musicians and dancers, jugglers and acrobats.
One of the most exciting events of the Ord Valley Muster is the Ord Valley 4WD Adventure Bash, where teams don costumes and appear as celebrities or lifesavers. For adventure in the outback, the Ord Valley Motocross Classic features full-on rallying in the bush, while the Station Challenge Rodeo has some intense rodeo followed by country and western music.
The Lake Argyle Classic sees marathon swimmers take on the lake for 10 and 20km swims. Demanding on a different tack is the Gibb River Road mountain bike challenge, which covers 800kms over five days, but in 20-kilometre relay sections. Closing out the Ord Valley Muster is the Kimberley Moon Experience, with local and national artists and a huge fireworks display.
The Ord Valley Muster is a great time to be in the Kimberley, after the rains of the wet season have dissipated and the dry season is in full swing. It is rarely overly busy with tourists in late May, although it is wise to book Kununurra hotels ahead of time during the Muster as locals fill up the place somewhat.
From Kununurra, you can take in the Ord Valley at large or head on down the nearby Gibb River Road for its spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Tours go from here frequently, or you can rent your own vehicle and take to the road.