Boots, Hats, and Guitars. Stars on the Bastion, a country music hoe-down like no other atop the mighty Bastion lookout in Wyndham WA was week 10 of Freshwater’s 52 Weeks of Adventure and a rockin good time!
Wyndham is Western Australia’s northern most town, just 100kms from Kununurra and nestled on the Cambridge Gulf. It has a long and fascinating history of indigenous culture, pioneering, and multiculturalism since its gold rush years. The town is a little quieter these days than its years through the gold rush and more recently the Wyndham meat works when it employed 1600 people per season! The port is still an operating port though, reliant on nickle and cattle export predominately as well as servicing the Kimberley Cruise Ships who start and end their cruise itineraries in Wyndham.
Wyndham is a quintessential Australian outback town, and there is no more fitting place to host a country music event like Stars on the Bastion. The Bastion lookout is also known as the Five Rivers Lookout and is where five significant Kimberley rivers meet the sea. It’s considered one of Australia’s greatest views and must be ticked off the list when visiting the Kimberley.
If you do find yourself in Wyndham or Kununurra in July when Stars on the Bastion is held you really should consider buying a ticket. The event has featured some country music greats over the years including Adam Brand, Rachel Dillon, Morgan Evans, Sara Storer, and this year was headlined by ‘The McClymonts’. Even if you’re not a country music fan, it’s a super fun night and as I said earlier a quintessential outback experience.
This year’s show was a sell-out. There are only 400 tickets released each year, and at $90 each include a 3 course meal and a brilliant night of entertainment. Buses are available from Kununurra if you’ve booked Kununurra accommodation.
For more information visit www.wyndhamstarsonthebastion.org.au
Kununurra is a beautiful outback town in the heart of the iconic Kimberley Region of Western Australia. An adventure holiday-makers dream, Kununurra offers a host of incredible things to see and do, and quality accommodation including self-contained apartment accommodation and hotel accommodation. Qantas and Virgin Australia fly to Kununurra daily from Perth, Broome and Darwin. Connecting flights to Kununurra from Sydney, Melbourne, or most other states are possible on some days during our busy season of May to October.
Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments is Kununurra’s newest and only 4.5 star accommodation, and winner of WA Tourism Awards Deluxe Accommodation in 2014 and finalist in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2014.
Offering Studio, One, Two and Three Bedroom apartments with kitchenette or full kitchen facilities, we also offer Deluxe apartments with outdoor stone baths, Nespresso machines, and tropical outdoor showers. Our stunning free-form pool has been designed to compliment the Kimberley landscape with it’s own Kimberley waterfall feature and use of local Kimberley stone.
All accommodation at ‘Freshwater’ includes complimentary wifi, Foxtel, guest laundry facilities, BBQ facilities, secure undercover parking, and all guests receive am exclusive 10% discount with HeliSpirit – The Spirit of Australia’s North West. HeliSpirit have 8 bases positioned at iconic locations throughout the Kimberley and Northern Territory.. Offering a range of Kimberley scenic flights to locations such as the Bungle Bungle and Mitchell Plateau.
About Freshwater’s 52 Weeks of Adventure Challenge
Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments is based in the picturesque town of Kununurra in The Kimberley region of Western Australia and is managed by Kimberley local, Ebony Muirson and her fresh enthusiastic team.
Over 12 months Ebony and her team will be venturing out into their pristine backyard to experience and chronicle 52 different Kimberley adventure experiences. That’s a new adventure every single week for an entire year!
We’re inviting you to come along for the ride by following the blog and joining us on Facebook and Instagram. We will also be announcing an exceptional competition during 2015 so sign up today for your chance to WIN.
On top of this we’re also running a #FresherAdventure photo contest which you can enter or vote on here.
We look forward to seeing you on our journey!
About the Author
Ebony is a Kimberley local and avid adventurer, who moved to Kununurra with her family as wide-eyed 8 year old on a hot and humid April day in 1992. Ebony’s adventures as a child growing up in one of the world’s last remaining frontiers inspired her to pursue a career in tourism where she would be able to share her love of the region she calls home with people from across the globe. Ebony has spent years working on the remote Kimberley Coast before returning to Kununurra to manage Freshwater Apartments. In 2012 Ebony was selected as a North West Ambassador through Australia’s North West’s Characters of the Kimberley campaign.
Ebony loves nothing more than helping create a once in a lifetime holiday for visitors to the Kimberley and looks forward to sharing her own Kimberley Adventures throughout the following 12 months.
Please JOIN THE ADVENTURE by following our blog, as Ebony and her team chronicle 52 weeks of unbelievable Kimberley adventure experiences.