About the muster

From humble beginnings in 2001, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster came to life quietly as a simple one night affair – a pleasant dinner in the outback for local businesses. Since then it has grown at lightning speed to be firmly established as a pre-eminent event in the national festival calendar and officially named the best regional event in Australia at the 2015 Australian Event Awards as well as best festival & event at the 2016 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.  

Entering its seventeenth year, the Muster will feature an outstanding line-up of over 30 events and activities for the entertainment of Kimberley residents and the many visitors from around the nation and across the globe that this spectacular region attracts each year.

2017 events include:

Highlighting its extraordinary cultural diversity, stunning primeval landscape, friendly folk and warm country hospitality, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster is an all embracing community celebration of the astonishing talent found in the East Kimberley region, while showcasing some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians and culinary personalities. Ofcourse it takes true local knowldege and flavor to make an event as authentic as the Muster, which is why it is run by the locally based Ord Valley Events board, who are:

  • Narelle Brook (Chairperson)
  • Courtney Cox
  • Chris Magnay
  • Janelle Atwell
  • Jo-Anne Ellis
  • John Graham
  • Julia Durack
  • Pauric Keown
  • Vivienne McEvoy

The Muster’s major draw-card, the ‘Kimberley Moon Experience’ continues, deservedly so, to receive international attention and acclaim. Staged at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre on the banks of the Majestic Ord River, the ‘Kimberley Moon Experience’ is attended by celebrities, politicians and business leaders alike. Attracting over 5000 patrons, including 625 guests enjoying a 5 star concert and dining experience within the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle, this truly is a unique and unforgettable experience – a place where city and country folk meet, mingle and dance under the stars.

  • 2016 Gold Medal - Western Australian Tourism Awards, Best Festival & Event
  • 2015 Winner - Australian Event Awards, Best Regional Event In Australia
  • 2015 Gold Medal - Western Australian Tourism Awards, Best Festival & Event
  • 2015 Finalist: Australian Tourism Awards 
  • 2014 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Awards, Best Festival & Event
  • 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee – Western Australian Tourism Awards (Ord Valley Muster)
  • Finalist: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festivals and Events
  • 2010 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festival and Events
  • 2009 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festival and Events
  • 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee – Western Australian Tourism Awards (Kimberley Moon Experience)
  • 2007 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festival and Events
  • 2006 Winner: Australia’s North West Tourism Award, Best Attraction
  • Gold Medal: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festivals and Events
  • 2005 Finalist: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festivals and Events
  • 2004 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festivals and Events
  • 2003 Winner: Western Australian Tourism Award, Significant Festivals and Events
  • Winner: Kimberley Tourism Award, Tourism Attraction