Guests start their Kimberley riding adventure on the border of Doon Doon Station and El Questro Station before riding deep into the Cockburn Range towards the Caroline Valley. You will spend the first four 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 tales, and show you the bush tucker that you’ll pass on your journey. Both Christian and Laura are THE masters at setting up a bush camp. Trust us, this husband and wife duo have an astute eye for picking brilliant camp locations beside serene billabongs that are croc-free and safe to splash around in.
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.
- Horse Breed: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.
- Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs *please contact us if you're above this weight for further assessment.
- Type of tack:Australian made swinging fender stock saddles
- Seasons:May through to July
- Group size:Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14 guests
- Time in Saddle:On average 4 to 6 hours a day
- Riding Ability:Suitable for beginner to experienced riders. Please note, you will need a certain level of fitness to be able to cope with the heat and enjoy the ride whole-heartedly.
- Accommodation:Bush camping with camp showers on days one, two, three and four. Well-appointed riverside bungalows (twin-share) at El Questro Station on day five.
- Ride Length:Six days, five nights (five full days in the saddle)
- Inclusions:The price includes meals, riding, twin share accommodation, and transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.
- Exclusions:The price does not include beer and wine, lunch on day 6, flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and accommodation in Kununurra.
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
|21st May 2020||26th May 2020||SOLD OUT!|
|1st Jun 2020||6th Jun 2020||SOLD OUT!|
|10th Jun 2020||15th Jun 2020||SOLD OUT!|
|20th Jun 2020||25th Jun 2020||SOLD OUT!|
|25th Jul 2020||30th Jul 2020||SOLD OUT!|
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes meals, riding, twin share accommodation, and transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include beer and wine, lunch on day 6, flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and accommodation in Kununurra.
Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments.
Why is the price quoted in AUD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
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Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change, due to weather and other influencing factors. We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the country that our Globetrotters will be passing through – the Woolah (Doon Doon) people and the Ngarinyin people of Wilinggin country.
You’ll be greeted in Kununurra at 8.00am by your hosts, Laura and Christian Hayes, who will pick you up from your accommodation and head out for the Gibb River Road. Please make sure you have had a bite to eat and are dressed for riding. You will meet the crew and horses on the border of Doon Doon Station and El Questro Station before heading straight out on horseback, meandering through savanna woodland and an area of significance to the Woolah (Doon Doon) and Ngarinyin people who are the traditional owners of Wilinggin country. We will stop for lunch at Wild Dog thermal springs for a bite to eat and a dip, before heading towards Canteen cattle yards through spinifex and Bauhinia trees with views over the Cockburn Range. After arriving into camp and getting the horses settled for the night, there is the opportunity to go fishing for Barramundi. Let’s see who can claim the biggest catch! Tonight you will camp out beside a beautiful Kimberley waterhole in an area scattered with ancient old Boab trees. (Approx 5-6 hours riding)
Wake to the Cockburn Range glowing from the morning light and enjoy an early breakfast amongst the Savannah woodland. Today we saddle up and ride towards the creek system that feeds the Pentecost River, passing the famous El Questro Station road sign and remnants of past pastoral owners. You’ll ride amongst the unique plant life of the Kimberley. Tonight’s campsite is at a beautiful swimming hole known as Rocket’s Retreat. Sit back after sunset for a night around the campfire under an ancient old boab tree on the banks of the billabong. (Approx 5 hours riding).
Another early morning start where you’ll wake to the smells of a cooked breakfast and billy tea. Help feed the horses, pack up camp and saddle up for the day ahead. Today’s ride will take you through the Kimberley hills and over Saddleback Gap through beautiful orange blossom Scarlett gum trees. You will stop for lunch under the shade of the trees where a spot of swimming might be available before dropping down into our private horse camp at Nag Hole, which is set on the banks of Moonshine Creek. This will be your home for the next two nights. (Approx 5 hours riding).
Today is a highlight where you’ll be riding out from Nag Hole heading towards Zebedee Hot Springs via the stunning Moonshine Gorge. We’ll stop for lunch amongst the shaded trees and pandanas before enjoying a secluded dip in the hot thermal pools, a stunning oasis in the midst of such a dry landscape. After our refreshing cool off, we’ll mount back up and ride back towards camp, arriving in the early afternoon where, after tending to the horses, you can take full advantage of another splendid swimming hole then sit back with a drink in hand around the campfire and watch another beautiful Kimberley sunset. (Approx. 4 hours riding).
Your final day of riding – after waking to the smell of a delicious cooked breakfast, you’ll saddle up and depart Nag Hole, following the beautiful rock escarpment hugging the Pentecost river. We’ll stop at Brumby Base for lunch, before riding into the township of El Questro Station. After tending to the horses, we’ll show you to your riverside Bungalow accommodation. You’ll enjoy pre dinner drinks with some music at the Swinging Arms Bar before we head to the Steakhouse Restaurant for a riverside dinner. (Approx 5 hours riding).
Breakfast will be served at the ‘cricket pitch’ grass area. For those wanting the thrill of a helicopter ride (an additional expense of approx $250 per person for a 20min scenic flight), now is your chance! After this, we’ll head to Emma Gorge to hike one of the Kimberley’s most iconic and beautiful gorges. Have a swim in the pristine spring and take a moment to absorb the colours of this amazing land formation. Today you purchase your own lunch at Emma Gorge and we’ll bid a sad farewell to El Questro before we transfer you back to Kununurra, arriving in the town around 2:00pm. Departing flights can be booked anytime after 3pm.
You will need to fly into Kununurra the day before your ride begins (accommodation at your own expense), so you’re ready for a pick up from your accommodation on day 1 of your ride. On the final day, please book return flights after 3pm.
What to expect in the bush camp
Each night a hot shower and a toilet will be available (rustic, but clean). We will provide you with a mosquito net and a comfortable swag with bedding and a pillow. A swag is a canvas cover with a mattress inside. Our helpful camp staff will assist you daily where needed. All meals are prepared daily from the camp kitchen trailer. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.
‘Ahhh Kimberley, you did NOT let me down! You’ve been a bucket list item for many years and all the hype in my mind didn’t even compare. Once again, Christian and Laura have created a well-run operation in one of the most beautiful places in Australia. You can tell they care for their horses and their guests and they go the extra mile to make sure we have the very best holiday possible. They have a great team supporting them, too, hard-working angels! The entertainment around the campfire each night was a great way to end each day before rolling into our swags to gaze up at the stunning canopy of stars and fall asleep to the sound of the horses. Experiences you won’t get elsewhere in this world, delicious food, beautiful scenery, responsive horses. Heaven! I made new friends, caught up with precious Globetrotting buddies, and have countless memories that I will treasure forever.
If you’re thinking about doing it – DO IT.’
‘This is rugged and remote country and I am so pleased I experienced it on horseback. I rode Rob Roy, who was very safe, sweet and reliable. I’m sure I am not the only person to have shed a little tear when it was time to say goodbye. There were so many surprises, both organised and natural, and I was delighted to see brolgas and red tailed black cockatoos. The horses and all the crew were beyond expectations. I could have stayed forever.’
‘The Kimberley Ride was an experience of a lifetime. I could not fault the professionalism of Christian and Laura and their wonderful team. We were treated more like friends than clients. The horses were well trained, fit and blooming with health and energy even though our ride was the last of the season. The horse I rode was called Bugsy. She was perfect for me: well trained and surefooted, but always keen for a hoon! The daily rides were quite long, but interspersed with opportunities to learn about the history, flora and fauna of the area. On most days we were able to swim at lunch time or after the ride. Although the going was often rocky and rough, we had lots of opportunities to canter when it was safe to do so. The food and entertainment around the campfire were fantastic and sleeping under the stars in a swag was a highlight. I cannot recommend The Kimberley Ride more highly.’
‘The most fabulous experience! The country, the horses and the mix of people was perfect. The ride exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Laura and Christian, for one of the most special adventures of my life. I genuinely slept better in my swag/stretcher than I have anywhere else, ever… can I order one in queen size please?! THANK YOU.’
‘This whole experience was perfect. My sister and I both absolutely loved this ride. From the incredible scenery to the tough little ponies, all in the company of great horsey people. The lovely big Quarter Horse Reilly carried me safely across El Questro Station and he was perfect for me. All the horses were strong, healthy, surefooted, well trained and well behaved. Sleeping under the stars in warm, comfy swags was a highlight. Also, the gluten free catering we received was exceptional. I highly recommend this ride!’
‘Six days horse riding in the Kimberley. Wow, what a great adventure it was. Up to six hours’ riding each day through grass as high as the horse, along dusty red rocky roads in 35 degree heat, through scrub, across rivers and creek beds. We had surefooted, well trained and kind horses and amazing hosts, who were so well organised with a surprise around every corner. Beautiful swimming holes, sleeping under the super clear stars in a swag, amazing food, campfires, great stories and lots of laughs. This adventure challenged me every day and I also had lots of time to think about nothing, to just soak up the ride and enjoy our vast and incredible country, and the company of a great group of new friends.’
Thank you Laura and Christian for a fabulous, eye opening adventure. I loved every day of the ride and feel I have left a part of my heart in the Kimberley. Everything was carefully thought out – it was perfect. Sleeping under the stars was totally breathtaking and the meals were all 5 star restaurant quality. Again, thank you for the kind horses, wonderful food, many laughs, and for showing me that I am tougher than I thought.’
‘Hot days and cool nights under a canopy of stars. Rugged country, spectacular scenery and some mesmerising hidden gems. The whole team was so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. They are a well-oiled machine and very knowledgeable about the area. The food was amazing and there was an abundance of it. My favourite experience was just being in that beautiful country. At times I just didn’t know where to look to take it all in. I loved going to Emma Gorge, and I was chuffed with the experience of cantering the length of the air strip heading into El Questro Station, just to be able to say that I did it! I rode a little paint mare called Tilly. She was a gem to ride and made me feel safe. I would have happily taken her home! This was an unforgettable riding holiday.’