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Exploratory Desert Brumby Safari

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This exploratory Globetrotting story begins in the beating heart of central Australia, where the canyons are stained blood and the air swirls in dreamtime magic. It’s here at King’s Creek Station – think Northern Territory, 4 hours from Alice Springs – that you’ll meet a mob of wild-running desert brumbies. In a red-dirt round-yard you’ll select your very own desert brumby that was passively trapped from the wild just days earlier. For seven days you and your brumby will learn from each other under the tutelage of brumby experts, Brian Hampson and Anna Uhrig.

“In many ways leading a wild horse from an untamed state to the point where we can take our first few rides is much easier than starting a quiet, handled domestic horse,” says Brian. “It is also fun and a far greater learning experience for the handler. When you step into a round yard with a young brumby colt for the first time you’ll see horse behaviour in its raw and pure form.”

As a couple, Brian and Anna have an affinity with the Australian brumby and know how to impart this knowledge so you’ll lead your desert brumby down the path to become a quiet, honest and safe riding companion. Even though there is not one, clear cut, solution in managing the wild horse population in Australia, we believe Globetrotting’s Exploratory Desert Brumby Safari is one small heart-felt, gesture that can make a huge difference to a brumby’s life. We believe it’s a symbiotic relationship where both horse and handler benefit hugely from this connection formed in a round-yard on a remote outback station. I couldn’t think of a better suited, lifetime horse than an Australian Desert Brumby from Kings Creek – it nearly sounds like a Banjo Patterson verse. A Desert Brumby from Kings Creek, the tale is as romantic as it is practical.


time in saddle: each guest will receive 90 minute one-on-one tuition daily then will train their horse for a further 2 hours per day. you will also have the opportunity to watch fellow globetrotters start their horses as part of your learning experience. While actual time in the saddle may be limited (depending on where you get to with training your brumby), the value lies in the experience of starting a wild desert brumby in the heart of Australia.

breed of horses: Australian desert brumbies passively trapped on a waterhole days before the start of the ride. This area has the largest population of wild horses in the world.

type of tack: synthetic Australian swinging fender stock saddles (much easier to lift on and off your horse as you are training them to accept the tack than leather saddles will be) and rope halters will be provided. You’re more than welcome to bring your own saddle if you wish.

pace: the pace will vary, depending on where you get with training your brumby, but as far as riding ability, you’re expected to be able to walk, trot and canter.

riding ability: this ride is suited to intermediate to experienced riders. Previous horse starting experience is not necessary.

weight limit: maximum 90kgs

accommodation: you’ll be staying at Kings Creek Station which lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. You’ll be staying in the safari style cabins on site with 2 single beds (or queen) per cabin. A heater, linen and towel are supplied. Amenities blocks containing hot showers and flushing toilets are located a short distance from the cabins. Luxury accommodation options at Kings Creek Station are available at an extra cost (depending on availability).

group size: minimum of 8 riders and a maximum of 10.

seasons: August & September – it’s late winter so the days are warm in the desert by the nights are cold.

ride length: 14 days, 14 nights, with 7 days brumby starting tuition, a rest day, and 5 days attending International Brumby Week.

2019 departure date:

After a successful Exploratory departure in 2018, we’ll be releasing our 2019 departure date as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

*Please note, the entire itinerary includes both the brumby starting tuition as well as International Brumby Week, and cannot be split into separate departures.

2019 rate:

$6,400 AUD per person inclusive of meals and accommodation based on twin-share.

A single supplement charge of $400 will apply to guests not wishing to share.

*The price includes 7 days brumby starting tuition culminating in a 4-hour desert ride; your very own desert brumby; full registration and attendance at Brumby Week International which includes Indigenous cultural immersion, lectures from world-renowned speakers, day trips, Kings Canyon walk, bush ecology and brumby watching (valued at $950 AUD); and 4WD transfers to/from Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station.

*The price does not include alcohol or horse transport of your brumby out of Kings Creek Station.

*A non-rider rate is available on request.


Payment can be made via direct debit or credit card which incurs a 2% surcharge.


The ride price includes a 4WD transfer to/from Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station on the first and last days of the itinerary. You will need to arrive and stay in Alice Springs (at your own expense) the night before the ride begins (we recommend Alice Springs Aurora which is well-priced and central), so that you’re ready to be collected at 8am on Day 1. You’re more than welcome to book returning flights home on August 31 any time after 12 noon.

Penny Richards

'I had the most amazing journey with the Desert Brumby Safari. I learned so much about horsemanship, horse behavior and a lot about myself along the way. I'd highly recommend the holiday (although don't even think you will be having any rest!) to anyone who owns a horse and wants to improve their knowledge and relationships with their horses at home. I also gained a beautiful addition to our family, who I love dearly.'

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