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Kimberley Cattle Drive

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The Ultimate Aussie Cattle Drive


This is Australia at its best and most raw.  The Kimberley region within far north-western Australia has a wonderful history which continues today - from the ancient civilisation of the Australian Indigenous people, to those European explorers who paved the way for today's pastoral industry. Modern day diversification of these enormous land holdings has seen the development of tourism and in Home Valley Station's case, an on-site training academy designed for Indigenous men and women from the area.  Join us as we offer you a window into the past to view a way of life that is so much a part of our cultural heritage.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - We are welcomed at our selected Kununurra hotel or at the Kununurra airport prior to a 4WD road transfer to the Home Valley Station. Upon arrival at the Homestead, we are greeted and assisted with check-in and porter service to our Guesthouse Rooms. From here we are provided with an overview of the Homestead and the Station's facilities and are encouraged to cool down with a swim, or explore the grounds of the Homestead.   Pre-dinner drinks are provided at the Dusty Bar & Grill along with a special welcome address by the Manager followed by an Itinerary Briefing (cattle drive preparation).  Dinner tonight will be served at the Dusty Bar & Grill. Live entertainment is provided both on stage and by the campfire featuring Dave Birch from local Indigenous band Rodeworx or solo artist Peter Brandy along with Mick Tippo on didgeridoo.

 

Day 2 -  With an early start and in readiness for the epic adventure ahead, we are invited to tuck into a hearty breakfast at the Dusty Bar & Grill.  From here we will be transferred by 4WD along the famous Gibb River Road to the starting point of the Kimberley Heritage Cattle Drive. Over the course of the morning we will undergo a horsemanship tuition session with John Rodney "JR" and be formally introduced to the team of Drovers, Wagon Drivers and Farriers who will accompany us on the cattle drive through New York Valley. JR will also explain the objective of this pastoral-based activity whereby the team of drovers and all of us will coacher muster the mob through wild Shorthorn cattle country in an attempt to clear-up New York Valley's feral cattle numbers.  After a freshly made lunch at the stockyards it is time to get stuck into the real action on horseback. We all take part in the handover and counting of the cattle marking the beginning of the cattle drive. Allocated their positions around the mob of cattle, it's time to get rolling as the drive descends into the picturesque New York Valley. Home Valley's experienced drovers will accompany us at the point, flank and tail of the herd as the mob is moved deeper into the valley, following the old Barclay stock route.

It is here we will begin to appreciate the grandeur of the rugged landforms of the valley with its towering escarpments dotted with ancient boabs. The herd will travel the shortest leg of the drive today. Well before daylight starts to fade the drovers and guests must yard the cattle for the evening. With the cattle secured at water, as the dust settles and the sun sets, we set up camp for the evening.  All will enjoy a well earned dinner and drinks around a roaring campfire. After dinner and at leisure, we can retire to our swag and while listening to the night time calls of the surrounding wildlife, drift off into a peaceful sleep under a blanket of Kimberley stars.

 

Day 3 - On day three we will awake to the pure beauty of first light offered up in the outback and the sweet smell of spinifex warming in the sun, not to forget the pleasure of a breakfast being cooked over the campfire. Following breakfast, the team will pack up camp and embark on the first full day of droving cattle.  Today the team will begin to move the mob of cattle, up to 15km per day, for the next three days. Smoko will be provided in saddle bags for us to graze on throughout the morning while continuing on until stopping for a well earned rest and lunch.  Here is where we will encounter some of the more difficult terrain – including rocky rises, steep embankments and sandy creek beds – putting our cattle driving skills to the test. The trail will take the team, and their cattle along the exact same journey of the Kimberley pioneers who walked cattle through this country decades before.  Arrival at the second camp will be around 4pm, with the cattle yarded and watered for the night once again. Gourmet outback dinner fare with cold drinks and live entertainment accompanied by a host of new stories will be shared around the campfire prior to another night in a comfy swag under the stars.

 

Day 4 -  With the experience of another glorious sunrise in the Kimberley outback, an early morning breakfast is served to the team prior to the second full day of the cattle drive.  Once again, today is all about putting what has been learnt into practice to guide the mob through a breathtaking section of New York Valley – featuring an amazing gully of ancient boabs. This tricky section will require all our newly acquired horsemanship and droving skills to maintain the mob on course to reach tonight's camp.  At each stage of the cattle drive our local Indigenous Drovers will provide us with an insight into the meaning of their country that the cattle drive passes through, and the link between the "old-time" pastoralists that impacted greatly on their families lives, today holding great pride in what it is like to be known as a Kimberley Stockman. This evening's dinner and entertainment enjoys a cultural theme including a combination of traditional and modern "Bush Tucker" cuisine followed by a variety of Indigenous performances and storytelling.

 

Day 5 - This morning the team will enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on the final day of the cattle drive.  With the objective of the cattle drive complete, we are involved with this stage of the coacher muster activity hand over to our new found Drover friends and are escorted by 4WD back to the Home Valley Station Homestead.  Morning tea and lunch will be provided throughout the day. The final night of the cattle drive is a huge celebration, with dinner and drinks at the Dusty Bar & Grill and live entertainment both on stage and by the nearby campfire.  We cannot give away the surprises in store to mark the end of the cattle drive – but it's an event not to be missed! Accommodation tonight is in the Homestead Guesthouse Rooms.

 

Day 6 - Breakfast is served as room service on your private verandah or within the Dusty Bar & Grill Restaurant prior to a half-day over-water adventure, exploring the mighty Pentecost River and west arm of the Cambridge Gulf. We are welcomed aboard an HV8 marine craft to begin our hunt for barramundi or simply to take in the raw beauty of the Kimberley's prolific wildlife. This half-day Guided Tour departs early morning and incorporates a delicious morning tea served at a private and picturesque location. The adventure continues on before returning to the Homestead in time for lunch. Departure times may vary in accordance to the changing tides, ensuring the best chance of a successful fishing trip.  After lunch and a relaxing siesta it is time to take an invigorating dip in the rock pools beneath the enchanting Bindoola Falls. Relax and enjoy while having a yarn returning in time to refresh and change for dinner which is served at the Homestead's Dusty Bar & Grill.   After dinner, we are treated to bush poetry recitals, live local entertainment along with nightly campfire entertainment of any number of local and authentic varieties.

 

Day 7 - After breakfast at leisure at the Dusty Bar & Grill guests are transferred by 4WD to Kununurra - airport or next accommodation.

*Upgrading your accommodation to a Grass Castle Suite costs $210 extra - per room, per night, subject to availability.

** You are welcome to stay on at Home Valley Station for extra nights (at additional cost) and enjoy other activities provided at the property. Pre and post itineraries are available on application and include Barramundi Fishing, trips to the Bungle Bungle Range, Argyle Diamond Mine and Lake Argyle, Ord Valley highlights, Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau

 

Price

$5950 ex Kununurra, contact us for more information

 

Inclusions:

□ Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 6 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 8 week Remote Preparation Program for our interstate trekkers

□ Expert horse-riding tuition and assistance from John Rodney ('JR') and his crew for the entirety of the cattle drive

□ Your Indigenous drovers accompanying us on our journey

□ Your Aurora guide and dedicated remote area medic

□ Your cultural HV8 guides on the Bindoola Falls and fishing legs

□ All accommodation and set meals in the Home Valley Homestead, Kimberley on a twin share basis*.

□ Personal travel insurance.

□ All transfers and transport into and from Kununurra

□ Accommodation and food during the trek tent or bush camp.

□ Personal camping and cooking equipment.

 

Exclusions:

□ Personal expenses such as phone call costs, alcoholic beverages at the station

□ Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing

□ Connecting flights to and from Kununurra

□ Accommodation in Darwin/Kununurra if required on transfers.

 

 

 

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