It’s a serious competition with big cash prizes and the chance to watch local cowboys try to ride the longest 8 seconds of their life on the spectacular saddle bronc, bull and bullock rides.
If you have never been to a rodeo, it is truly an amazing experience full of, as they say, ‘Big bulls, big cash prizes and big falls’! It’s a contest of awesome skill and bravery dating back to the 1800s and attracts competitors from all over the Kimberley and Northern Territory.
It’s also a wonderful glimpse into the lifestyle and characters that live in the Kimberley and many of the attendees are from the region, so it’s a great chance to meet and mingle with the locals, who are relaxed and having fun and generally in very good form.
It’s a great day for adults and families and in addition to the bull rides, there are more than 20 events including the spectacular saddle bronc, barrel racing and more. For kids, there is a barrel race event and also a poddy ride.
Gates open 3.30pm and the night ends at midnight. The final nail-biting event is typically around 9.30pm and then the band kicks in til midnight.
Food & Drink
There is a fully licensed bar, live entertainment and various food outlets – no BYO alcohol is allowed.
Located at the base of Sleeping Buddha, the setting is spectacular at the Kununurra Rodeo Grounds just 5km out of town. Courtesy buses pick guests up every 15 minutes from the Hotel Kununurra and every 30 minutes from Lakeside Resort. Departures from the Rodeo Grounds commence at 8.30pm, every hour until 12.30am.