The Kimberley RideGo Back
GLOBETROTTING THE KIMBERLEY, AUSTRALIA
The Kimberley ride was first launched in 2016 where the three departure dates SOLD OUT in less than 48 hours, it was the same scenario for the 2017 season. I’ll give you the heads up now, if you see availability on the departure dates listed below it’s a small MIRACLE (count your lucky stars) and you should be securing your saddle seat here A-SAP.
In partnership with Christian and Laura Hayes from Hidden Trails we have masterminded the ultimate seven day, six night riding itinerary (six days riding) that will leave you completely spellbound by the beauty and spirit of this pristine landscape. Guests start their Kimberley riding adventure at the breathtaking Emma Gorge, before riding deep into the Cockburn Range towards the Caroline Valley.
Just imagine riding through undiscovered valleys with sandy river beds (perfect for trotting and cantering), that are quintessential Kimberley lush and tropical. We’re talking monolithic Boab trees and pandanus juxtaposed by blood-red gorges, and secluded, croc-free swimming holes, billabongs and thermal pools waiting to be baptised in.
You will spend the first five nights camping underneath a canopy of stars, snug in a swag. Your guide, Christian Hayes, who has cut his teeth in the Kimberley bull catching and breaking in horses, will lead you through this ancient, mysterious land. He’ll share a myriad of stories from the ‘white fella’ history to dreamtime and sample bush tucker that you’ll pass along the way. Both Christian and Laura are THE masters at setting up a bush camp. Trust us, this husband and wife duo has an astute eye for picking brilliant camp locations beside serene billabongs that are croc free and swimming safe.
There will be PLENTY of blissful moments where you’ll be able to dig your heels into your sparky, station horse, kick up some red dust and canter along well-worn cattle pads and river flats. Your final night will be spent at the iconic El Questro Station in their beautifully appointed, riverside bungalows.
IF you’ve always wanted to explore the ancient lands of the Kimberley, sign up for this ride.
time in saddle: on average 3 to 6 hours a day
breed of horses: station-bred stock horses, quarter horses and clydie x
pace: variable depending on the day and terrain. Guests will have the opportunity to trot and canter.
riding ability: suitable for all riding abilities, although a level of riding fitness is suggested to ensure you cope with the heat and enjoy your time.
weight limit: 110 kgs * please contact us if you’re above this weight.
accommodation: Bush camping with camp showers on days 1 through to 5, and well-appointed river side bungalows (twin-share) at El Questro Station (day 6)
seasons: end of May to July
group size: Minimum of eight guests and a maximum of fourteen guests.
ride length: Seven day, six night (six riding days) & five day, four night (four riding days) itineraries available
2018 departure dates:
May 16 to 22, 2018 – SOLD OUT!
May 28 to June 3, 2018 – SOLD OUT!
June 8 to 14, 2018 – SOLD OUT!
June 19 to 25, 2018 – SOLD OUT!
July 28 to August 1, 2018 (5 days) **NEW departure date – SOLD OUT!
August 8 to 12, 2018 (5 days) **NEW departure date – SOLD OUT!
2018 ride prices:
$3,500 AUD per person for 7 day, 6 night itineraries, inclusive of meals, riding and accommodation (twin share)
$2,500 AUD per person for 5 day, 4 night itineraries, inclusive of meals, riding and accommodation (twin share)
*Single supplement is available on a request for an additional charge (subject to availability).
*This price includes transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.
*Price excludes beer and wine, flights, travel insurance and accommodation in Kununurra.
Payment can be made via direct debit or credit card which incurs a 2% surcharge.
Guests will need to fly into Kununurra, the frontier town to the Kimberleys the day before the ride begins, so you’re ready to be picked up from your accommodation bright and early (7am) on day one of your ride. On the final day, please book return flights after 3pm.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
Check out this EPIC video we shot with documentary film maker Benn Jae to get you REALLY excited about this WORLD EXCLUSIVE ride.
Meet Christian and Laura Hayes, who run our horse riding holidays in two of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – The Kimberley and The High Country.
Keen to find out more about the horses you will have the privilege of riding on this epic adventure? Meet Noss, a station bred Kimberley Quarter Horse who has a love for life here.