Horse Treks

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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Diggers Rest Horses|Pluto

Diggers Rest horse trekking

Pluto is a tough, solid grey gelding that has taken some time to bring around, but the efforts of a few have been well worth it. He has been in good hands with some of our firm but gentle riders, and does well with quiet natured blokes. Pluto has proven himself to be steady under…

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A Lifelong Education

One of the many reasons that life with horses never becomes tiresome is there’s always so much more to learn. I’ve had very little instruction or formal training as a rider, with my learning mostly coming from observation and reading. However, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a week of horsemanship at McGinnis…

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Diggers Rest Horses|Star

Star the standard bred is a big gentle giant that just wants to please.  He has looked after a few guests already this season and was the perfect gentleman. He is great for beginners and if a rider is experienced they will find him responsive to leg and seat. We are so pleased with our…

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Diggers Rest Horses| Con

Diggers Rest Horses

We are gradually introducing the standardbreds into our trail riding mob. Con has officially become a guest horse and is already proving to be a reliable member of the herd. His easy nature and nonplussed attitude are perfect for beginner riders, yet he is responsive to leg, seat and voice if the rider is confident…

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Saddles, Backs and Bums

Diggers Rest Station

Ever wonder what sorts of saddles we use? There’s some variety in our saddle shed, but all of our saddles are either traditional Australian stock saddles or cross breed saddles (combination of Australian stock saddle design and western saddle design). The makes include Kent, Syd Hill, Southern Cross and Trevor James. First and foremost, the…

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