Zebra Rock Gallery and Café

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The beautiful countryside and the majestic Ord River are drawcards for visitors to Kununurra and the East Kimberley, as is the unique Zebra Rock, a 600 million year old siltstone formed at the base of the river bed in the region of Lake Argyle.

Zebra Rock Gallery and Café is situated on a beautiful 35 acre property on the banks of the picturesque Ord River and is 14 km by road from Kununurra. You can also visit by boat arriving at the Zebra Rock Jetty on the Ord River.

TripAdvisor ranked Zebra Rock Gallery as one of the most popular attractions in Kununurra in 2014 and presented them with a Certificate of Excellence in 2015

The artisans at Zebra Rock Gallery create unique pieces of jewellery and decorative items from Zebra Rock and from two other ancient siltstones found in the region, 1200 million year old Primordial rock and 300 million year old Liesegang rockYou can also visit the Gallery’s workshop and purchase small pieces of rock to ‘make your own’.  An instruction sheet is available to guide you in obtaining the best finish.

The only known locations of Zebra Rock are deposits  found in the region where the Ord river has been dammed to create Lake Argyle.  The rock from this region is  of the finest quality and is rarer than diamonds.  The term 'Zebra’ comes from the striped appearance of the rock, which is composed of red or brown bands of iron ore set among white or cream bands of silica.

The only known locations of Zebra Rock are deposits  found in the region where the Ord river has been dammed to create Lake Argyle.  The rock from this region is  of the finest quality and is rarer than diamonds.  The term ‘Zebra’ comes from the striped appearance of the rock, which is composed of red or brown bands of iron ore set among white or cream bands of silica.

1.2 million year old Primordial Stiltstone comes in 53 different colour combinations from red and greys to soft pinks.

1.2 million year old Primordial Siltstone comes in 53 different colour combinations from red and greys to soft pinks.

300 million year old Liesegang rock is used to create a variety of decorative items

300 million year old Liesegang rock is used to create a variety of decorative items

On the weekends, Zebra Rock Gallery and Café is open from 7am for a hearty breakfast with a delicious menu that includes eggs and bacon, crepes, homemade breads and focaccia..  The Café Manager, Ute, is a local resident with years of experience in cooking.  She is well known around town for her breads, crepes and focaccias. The Café is a busy flurry each morning with Ute cooking up a storm and Barista Ben making a range of LavAzza coffees.  Available all week are a variety of delicious snacks including Lemonade Scones, Devonshire Tea, Mango Smoothies, milkshakes and home made cakes and breads.

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Owner Bruce Livett, would like visitors to remember the Gallery as a unique and relaxing Kimberley experience and encourages locals and travellers to come on out for breakfast and meet the new staff.

Here you can have a variety of experiences, browse the gallery, have breakfast and coffee and feed the fish at the river.  When people leave the Gallery with memories of a relaxing and enjoyable time that they can share with their family and friends then we’ve done our job.

Owner Bruce Livett shows off the Zebra Rock markings to tourists and with Gallery Café Manager and Cook - Ute Diederichsen.

Gallery Owner Bruce Livett shows off the Zebra Rock markings to tourists.                                                                    Café Manager and Cook – Ute Diederichsen with Bruce Livett.

ZebraRock_Photos-02The Gallery also features a wide range of must-have jewellery that will add that extra special touch. There’s something for everyone in this creative selection, from Zebra Rock adorned cufflinks right through to sterling silver and gold Boab tree necklaces and matching earrings.  Some of the pieces of Zebra Rock jewellery incorporate Broome pearls and other semiprecious stones. Other designs by Dahlia feature sterling silver and 24 carat gold-plated settings.

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Pictured: Zebra Rock Necklaces with Broome pearls and semiprecious gems and Zebra Rock Sterling Silver necklace designed by Dahlia Designs, Broome.

Over the years Zebra Rock Gallery has also become a popular venue for art workshops, concerts, weddings and community functions.  At the jetty are large number of Catfish, Black Bream, Archer fish and the occasional long-necked turtle and freshwater crocodile.  Visitors can pick up bread in the Gallery to feed the fish, a popular activity for families. Many couples choose to get married in the grounds of Zebra Rock Gallery and have their wedding photos taken beside the picturesque Ord River.

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During the annual Ord Valley Muster the Gallery regularly hosts painting workshops by the accomplished Sydney artist and musician Peter Inglis.

Peter’s “Paint a Masterwork” classes are popular and accessible to people who would like to learn how to paint, whether novice or experienced. Through his unique style Pete has beginners and less experienced artists paint like professionals.  Pupils learn valuable techniques that enable them to paint a Van Gogh or a Monet masterpiece in under 5 hrs. You can read more about Peter’s painting classes and his experiences in performing classical guitar concerts ‘Baroque to Rock’ and holding Master Classes at the Gallery:  www.kimberleyexposure.com.au/peter-inglis-creating-music-art-kununurra.html

Kununurra Primary School Art Teachers Judy Farquhar and Brook Jessel learn techniques for painting a Van Gogh masterpiece. They aim to teach these techniques to their primary school art students. Concert Pianist Irina Vasil'eva held lessons and performed using Zebra Rock Gallery's Yamaha Grand Piano

Kununurra Primary School Art Teachers Judy Farquhar and Brook Jessel learn techniques for painting a Van Gogh masterpiece. They aim to teach these techniques to their primary school art students. Concert Pianist Irina Vasil’eva held lessons and performed using Zebra Rock Gallery’s Yamaha Grand Piano

Renowned classical pianists Irina Vasil’eva (Capuccino Concert series, Perth), Brian Chapman (Baw Baw Trio, Victoria) and the Norwegian comedian, composer and pianist Axel Kolstadt have graced the grand piano at Zebra Rock Gallery on more than one occasion.  Zebra Rock Gallery also sells paintings and didgeridoos by renowned Kimberley Aboriginal Artist Ju Ju Wilson.

Zebra Rock Gallery and Café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7am to 4pm – May to September 18th 2016. Outside these dates it remains open ‘By Appointment Only’.  Call the Gallery on (08) 9168 1114 for further details. To purchase items from the Gallery during the wet season and for further information go to www.zebrarock.biz

Read the Kimberley Exposure article about international classic jazz-fusion pianist Allan Zavod and jazz singer Nichaud Fitzgibbon’s experience performing at Zebra Rock Gallery in 2014  www.kimberleyexposure.com.au/jazz-kimberley-moon.html

Should you be looking for a change in lifestyle, this appealing property and business are for sale.  Please contact Bruce Livett, the Owner, by email at zebrarockgallery@bigpond.com or by mobile on 0403 014 626

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