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. In partnership with Christian and Laura Hayes from Hidden trails we have masterminded the ultimate five night, six day itinerary that will leave you completely spellbound by the beauty and spirit of this pristine landscape. Guests start their Kimberley riding adventure by staying at Home Valley Station. Home Valley is located on the infamous Gibb River Road where the mighty Pentecost River flanks the property and the Cockburn Range stands to attention on the horizon.
The following day guests leave behind flushing toilets and hot showers for three nights spent under 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.
Even though the terrain can be rocky at times, there will be 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 5 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 intermediate to experienced riders
weight limit: 110 kgs * please contact us if you’re above this weight.
accommodation: Well-appointed river side bungalows (twin-share) at Home Valley Station (day 1) and El Questro Station (day 5). Bush camping with camp showers on day 2, 3, 4.
seasons: end of May to mid-September
group size: Minimum of eight guests and a maximum of twelve guests.
ride length: Six days, five nights (four full days in the saddle)
2017 departure dates:
May 15 to 20, 2017 – SOLD OUT
May 29 to June 3, 2017 – SOLD OUT
June 12 to 17, 2017 – SOLD OUT
June 25 to 30, 2017 – SOLD OUT
2017 ride prices:
$3200 per person, based on twin-share
*Single supplement is available on a request for an extra charge.
*This price includes transfers to and from Kununurra airport or accommodation.
*Price excludes beer and wine.
Payment can be made via direct debit or credit card which incurs a 2% surcharge.
We recommend guests fly into Kununurra the day before the ride begins to acclimatise to the weather (it’s hot). You will then be picked up from your accommodation the following day to begin the ride. If you do choose to fly into Kununurra on day 1, please make sure that your flight arrives no later than 12.00pm. On day 6, please book return flights after 3pm.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
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.