- Musicians Bernard Fanning, San Cisco and Troy Cassar-Daley
- Award-winning chef George Calombaris
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Tickets go on sale tomorrow [9am WST, Friday 22 January 2016] for key events at the award-winning Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, held 13 to 22 May 2016.
Tickets for key events include the Kimberley Moon Experience and the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle that will be held on Saturday 21 May, the Kimberley Kitchen, Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow and the ballot for the incredibly popular long table Durack Homestead Dinner.
MasterChef Australia judge and decorated chef and restaurateur George Calombaris will be leading the event’s culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen (presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort) and Durack Homestead Dinner, two events that are expected to sell out quickly.
Another event set to sell out quickly is the extraordinary Kimberley Moon Experience. One of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning will perform with six-time ARIA nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singer-songwriterTroy Cassar-Daley.
"This will be my first trip to the Kimberley, even after 25 years of traveling around the country. It’s one of the few places that I haven't, at least traversed, and I can't wait to get out and explore some of this ancient country after the concert,” Fanning said.
“It’s such a privilege for us to be able to visit these sacred places and I am looking forward to playing some new and old songs under the outback sky.”
A festival highlight, the extraordinary Kimberley Moon Experience concert will be staged under the stars on a full moon along the banks of the majestic Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre. It’s the Muster’s biggest event and a huge party.
Picnic on the grounds and dance the night away with friends in General Admissions or celebrate in style in the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle, which treats tickets holders to a black tie concert and dining experience including champagne and canapés on arrival, a sit down gourmet meal with premium beverages as well as a private dance floor area.
Other event highlights include the Durack Homestead Dinner, a fine dining long table dinner under the stars at the historic Durack Homestead at Lake Argyle; the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow held at The Hoochery Rum Distillery, Western Australia’s oldest continuously operating legal distillery; the captivating Waringarri Corroboree; the Kimberley Kitchenpresented by The Kununurra Country Club Resort, a unique and intimate food conversation and cooking demonstration hosted by celebrity chef George Calombaris on the banks of Lake Kununurra; the Kununurra Rodeo, and the community based Horizon Power Float Parade and Moon Fair which includes the Argyle Diamond Dig.
Ord Valley Events Chairman Tony Chafer said he was delighted with the outstanding line up at this year’s Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster.
“What started off as a humble dinner for local East Kimberley businesses fifteen years ago has grown into an epic ten-day festival that now features so many entertainment options – comedy, food, indigenous cultural experiences, sport, mine tour, diamond dig, art, markets, community events, film and music - from big name performers to local talent shows, and of course the rodeo which kicks it all off,” Chafer said.
“From elegant dining under the Kimberley stars, to a 700-kilometre mountain bike challenge, to a huge concert, children’s activities and a corroboree performance, there really is something for everyone."
Chafer said that the event is attracting a growing number of interstate and international visitors as it moves from strength to strength.
“Each year, the diversity of the Muster draws thousands of visitors who seek to experience the extraordinary," he said.
“It’s held in Western Australia’s most remote region, where city slickers mingle with country folk in beautiful yet untamed natural surrounds - it's simply breath-taking - and it's the party of the year!
“The award-winning Muster has been recognised many times by the tourism industry and has earned itself a reputation as a ‘must-attend’ on the nation’s social calendar – it’s no surprise given that everyone who experiences it leaves completely enchanted by it.
“Importantly, many Kimberley businesses benefit from the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster – local suppliers are used wherever possible, plus there’s positive social and economic impacts thanks to visitors who travel to the Kimberley for the event," the Chairman said.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, spectacular fresh water gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with magical and distinctive experiences.
The host town Kununurra is situated some 800 kilometres from Darwin and more than 3,000 kilometres from Perth. Upon arrival, visitors can expect a warm Kimberley welcome from locals.
Awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards as well as taking top honours in the 2015 WA Tourism Awards in the Regional Events category and entered into the Awards Hall of Fame, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster encompasses 30 varied and brilliant events over a festival of ten days.
Ord Valley Events encourage those interested in the key events to secure tickets before they sell out.
The State Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions, is a proud supporter of the event.
For more information and tickets, visit www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
- 13 – 22 May 2016
- Over 30 exciting events across 10 days
- Celebration of the East Kimberley showcasing local and national talent and Ord Valley produce