Horse Treks

Diggers Rest Horses|Sweeney

Diggers Rest Station horses

Young Sweeney is an amazingly versatile horse, and that’s after only a few weeks of steady work with an excellent young horseman. On our recent muster he proved to be quite keen on the cattle, and comfortable in the lead, on a wing or on the tail. On trail rides he walks out beautifully, makes…

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Sunset Ride at Diggers

We recently had our first sunset ride of the season. The late afternoon light was perfect, and though it is still warm, there was a breeze to keep it comfortable. Two of our standardbreds, Queenie and Star, went out as well as a handful of our stock horses, Anzac, Duke, Rio and Nyarlie. They were…

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Airfares on sale for August!

Diggers Rest Station

Airnorth has a sale on for the Darwin to Kununurra route during August! If you have been considering a visit to the East Kimberley, and perhaps to Digger’s Rest Station for a horse riding holiday, this sale could be the clincher. August is a great time of year to visit the Kimberley, and we will…

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Who wants to see the Kimberley at it’s best?

Diggers Rest Station

And from the back of a horse! We still have a few saddles open on our May 23-26 trek.Our first horse trek of the season is always one of my favourites. Most years the creeks haven’t stopped running, and the rejuvenating benefits of the wet season are still apparent. It can be a little on…

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Diggers Rest Family|Remembering Helen

It is rare to have a friend who understands and accepts all of who you are. Helen Packer was that friend to both Roderick and me. Her qualities of acceptance and understanding also made her an excellent horsewoman. We first met Helen when she came on a trek with us in 2006. Ever since, Helen…

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Ever wanted to muster cattle on horseback?

Diggers Rest Muster

We have just added another adventure to our 2019 schedule, the opportunity to join an authentic cattle muster! The annual muster takes place in June, when we bring in the cattle for processing, and then walk them back out to their grazing paddocks…mind you, some ‘paddocks’ are tens of thousands of acres. If you are…

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The camping scene on our horse treks

Part of the unforgettable experience of horse trekking in the Kimberley is camping under the millions of stars, eating meals cooked over an open campfire, falling asleep in your swag with your horse close enough to hear him chewing away contentedly (though there’s plenty of space if you want to get away from their night…

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A brief guide to horse riding ability levels

Diggers Rest Station

Riding ability is a somewhat relative rating, but it does help when matching horse to rider. The author Tom Cole, when asked if he could ride, would respond that he could ride a good, quiet horse. He was a horse breaker in the Kimberley and the Northern Territory back in the 1920s and 30s, but…

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Portraits from our May Trek in 2018

Professional photographer and Diggers Rest devotee Ange Butler joined us on our May trek last season. She has quite an eye for portraits! We love when Ange and her husband Jake Butler (who happens to be a very talented portrait painter and photographer) join us on a trek or a muster, and leave us with…

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Travel plans

Hans Huysman photography

Travel plans can take some time, so the sooner you tackle the how and the when, the sooner you can focus on your upcoming adventure! If you are flying to the Kimberley, Airnorth and Virgin Australia service our closest airport, Kununurra KNX airport code. Greyhound runs buses from Darwin, NT and Broome, WA, but flights that are booked in advance…

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