The Kimberley’s’ best performers are perfecting their acts, local chefs are taste-testing seasonal produce, dancers are stretching, bands are practising, and the chatter in Kununurra is getting exciting.
It’s all building to the biggest cultural event in the Kimberley, the 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster.
Billed as “The Ultimate Kimberley Festival”, the Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster is a 10-day celebration of everything that makes our region special. Music, dance, culture, food and sightseeing combine against the stunning East Kimberley backdrop.
May and the Muster can’t come soon enough. Here’s a taste of what you can expect this year when the multi-award-winning Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster kicks off.
Challenge the Gibb
One week, 700+ kilometres. 350 participants, all trying to raise an impressive $1 million for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A whole week before the Muster kicks off, teams of cyclists will test their mettle in the Gibb Challenge.
It’s technically a social event. But you can bet there will be some friendly competition as these adventure junkies trace the Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra.
Corroboree under the stars
The Miriuwung Gajerrong people have called the Kimberley home since long before it was called the Kimberley. “Kununurra” is considered by some people to be anglicised from “Goonoonoorrang”, the Miriuwung word for the Ord River.
In an extraordinary showcase of Aboriginal culture, art and tradition, the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre is hosting a Corroboree Under the Stars on Monday 22 May. This unique experience is always a favourite with attendees, and tickets include traditional bush tucker plus a guaranteed good time.
Music that’ll reach the moon
With performances from King Stingray, Birds of Tokyo, Toni Childs and more, the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience promises to be unforgettable.
A pinnacle in the Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster program, the Kimberley Moon Experience will see Celebrity Tree Park packed with families and friends for a night under the stars. Pack a picnic rug and dancing shoes, or upgrade your ticket to attend the black-tie Kimberley Fine Diamonds Dinner.
Mouth-watering local flavours
Blak Tapas, in partnership with Waringarri Arts, brings bush flavours to life over two delectable nights under the Kimberley stars. After a traditional welcome performed by Miriuwung elders, you’ll taste delicious canapes made with locally-grown produce and infused with local flavours.
Throughout the meal, you’ll also learn the long history of Miriuwung food and experience a didgeridoo performance at a Dreaming site, all backdropped by a stunning sunset.
Art, Cuisine and Culture takes place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 May.
How a-boat some yoga?
Yoga Boats has to be one of the most unique events in the 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster program.
On Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival (May 20, 21, 23 and 24, respectively), you can putter around Packsaddle Lagoon and experience an enlightening yoga class at the same time.
After class, Kununurra Cruises will transport you across Lake Kununurra while you enjoy a healthy (and well-earned) breakfast aboard.
See the yoga boats schedule and book tickets here.
See the full program
The Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster is sure to be the main event in the Kimberley cultural calendar. Don’t miss a minute of the magic; see the full program here, explore exclusive travel packages or find your accommodation before it all books out.
Boab Metals is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster, a unique celebration of Kimberley culture in the stunning surrounds of Kununurra