Home Valley Station East Kimberley, Australia
Far East expert Gemma Williams visited Western Australia. Here she tells us about her stay at Home Valley, a 615,000 acre working cattle station.
Just a one hour flight from Darwin and we arrived in Kununarra, the Gateway to the the East Kimberley region. We were met on arrival by staff from Home Valley - our hosts and friends for the next two days. The drive there was a spectacular one and a half hour journey, taking in stunning scenery and breathtaking views of the Cockburn Ranges along the mighty Gibb River Road. We also stopped along the way to admire the huge Boab trees, as well as passing through the flowing and rocky Pentecost River; the river bed was full of branches, fallen trees and shrubs that the river must have washed away in the last wet season.
After a bumpy journey we arrived at Home Valley and settled into our luxury accommodation, Grass Castle, overlooking Bindaloo Creek. Following a quick freshen up we left for our first excursion to Bindaloo Falls. After a tricky climb down the boulders we reached the wonderful waterfall. You could easily spend an afternoon swimming and relaxing here, but all too soon the light was fading and it was time for our first surprise. After a short drive we arrived at our private location overlooking the Cockburn Ranges for a Champagne Sunset tour. As the sun faded, the Cockburn ranges came alive with colours - changing from orange to red, pinks and purples and above us the first twinkle of the stars came out.
Back to Home Valley and it was time for dinner and some evening entertainment. The hearty grub of the Dusty Bar and Grill was accompanied by a local guy on his guitar belting out some aussie tunes - when I say local that means about an hour’s drive away!
The following morning we had time to ourselves to explore and enjoy our surroundings. After lunch, feeling refreshed and energised, we all got ready for an action packed afternoon of horse riding.
Feeling a little apprehensive, as most of us had never ridden a horse before, we were soon reassured and shown the ropes by our guide JR. We made our way out of the gates of Home Valley for the afternoon. JR rounded up some cattle for us to show us how it is done. After about three hours we rode back to the station as the sun was setting and we spotted a few kangaroos emerging in the fading light. A truly unforgettable experience, I found myself thinking am I really here!?
Our final evening was spent with our guides from the day, sharing stories around the campfire. A perfect ending to an unforgettable stay at Home Valley Station.