4 Day King River Valley
Date: May 23 - 26
Saddles Open: 9
On this trek we’ll be heading out for four days of horse riding in the King River Valley. The end of May is a magical time of year in the Kimberley. Rivers are often still flowing, waterholes are full, and the country still has that rejuvenated feel after the Wet Season.
Riders saddle up and head out of Digger’s, passing boab trees, gilgais (small waterholes in open country), ti tree country and on to Duck Hole for mid day break. The afternoon ride takes us up Cockburn Creek to camp by a beautiful waterhole, with magnificent up close views of the Cockburn Ranges.
A day for exploring, we head up Cockburn Creek towards the saddle between the North Cockburn and South Cockburn Ranges, keeping our eyes out for brumbies in this little valley. We return to our camp on Cockburn creek in time to wash and settle the horses, and enjoy the sunset.
The Maze is our destination today, as we ride across open spinifex flats, across creeks and up into the mouth of an opening in the Cockburn Ranges. Our lunch camp is near a spring fed waterhole, perfect for a mid day dip.
We wind along creek beds, over open rises with magnificent views, and pick up a brumby pad that takes us back to Duck Hole for another relaxing lunch camp. The afternoon ride swings by the Boab Prison Tree, along the banks of the King River, and back into the home paddock, to the welcome view of the station. Day four may also end with a sunset ride out on the marsh flats to the north, if we arrive back at the station by lunch time.