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A night or 10 under the Kimberley stars
The Kimberley's biggest party and Australia's most unique regional event, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, has entertained thousands of locals and visitors over ten days in Kununurra, Western Australia.

Ord Valley Muster
Ord Valley Muster, photographer Ben Broady


People from far and wide rolled into the host town filling up campsites, hotels and motels of Kununurra. The festival line up had something for everyone with food demonstrations, music, movies under the stars, degustation dinners, diamond-digging, corroboree, tours and comedy over the 10 days. With over 30 events taking place, attendees were never at a loss for something to do and then there was the beautiful, unspoilt local area to explore as well.

The Muster kicked off with a local rugby grudge match and featured a country rodeo, two Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow events, a new FEASTival foodie event, intimate degustation dinners in spectacular locations, blissed out yoga experiences on boats and land, a street party and float parade and the big one, the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience.

Rodeo
The rodeo, photographer Sarah Duguid


The Muster's hallmark event, the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience and the adjoining black-tie Kimberley Fine Diamonds Dinner, are iconic Australian must-attend events that again delivered an unforgettable evening under a perfect Kimberley sunset. Over the evening, a variety of local acts and headline performers entertained the 3,000 strong crowd. The community had clearly been preparing to showcase their talents for months and they put their best foot forward as the crowd were treated to performances from the local choir, Indigenous dance and hip-hop routines.

Kimberley Moon
Avair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience, photo by Sarah Duguid


Headline acts The Cat Empire and country music rock royalty Lee Kernaghan OAM had the dance floor jumping with two different but equally energetic performances that got the party into full swing at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre on the banks of the Ord River.

Ord Valley Muster
Lee Kernaghan, photo by Sarah Duguid


New to the Muster line up for 2018 was FEASTival which brought some big-name chefs into town for live cooking demonstrations. Anna and Jordan Bruno from MKR and Guy Turland from Bondi Harvest made delicious meals look simple as hundreds turned out to the festival hub eager to learn new recipes and tips.

Jordan Bruno delighted the crowd when he said that Kununurra was his favourite place in the world. "The Ord Valley Muster and a trip to the Kimberley should be on everyone's bucket list and if it isn't, go and get a pen!"

Bondi Harvest chef Guy Turland shared similar sentiments. "The Ord Valley Muster is so special, it's one of the best events of the year in a truly beautiful location, sharing stories, amazing food and music with the world in an incredible place. It has a certain power or magic that's hard to explain, it's something you need to experience - you feel like you're on holidays straight away."

Ord Valley Muster
Kimberley Moon Experience, photo by Ben Broady


The organisers and stakeholders can pat themselves on the back as the 18th Muster draws to a close. The 10-day festival running from May 11-20, was a huge success and so many will remember the experience of stand out events hosted in the ancient, untouched magical land of the Kimberley. The dates haven't been announced for 2019, but keep an eye out and as Jordan Bruno said "go get a pen" and put it in your diary.
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