The Kimberley Ride, Australia

4-5 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,325 AUD

We have masterminded the ultimate multi-day itinerary that leaves globetrotters completely spellbound by the beauty of the Kimberley. Get ready to unearth El Questro Station’s wilderness!

Your Kimberley riding adventure begins on the border of Doon Doon Station and El Questro Station before taking you deep into the Cockburn Range towards the Caroline Valley. You’ll spend the first few nights camping underneath a canopy of stars, snug in a swag. Then on your final night, you’ll be accommodated at the iconic El Questro Station in beautifully appointed riverside bungalows.

Your guide, Christian Hayes, who 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.

Rest assured, 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. If you’ve always wanted to explore the ancient lands of the Kimberley, sign up for this ride.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Station-bred Stock Horses, Quarter Horses and Clydie-crosses.
  • 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 August.
  • Group size:A 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 wholeheartedly.  Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Bush camping with camp showers on days 1, 2, 3 and 4 (6-day ride only on night 4). Well-appointed riverside bungalows (twin-share) at El Questro Station on the final day.
  • Ride Length:There are 6 day, 5 night (5 full days in the saddle) and 5 day, 4 night (4 full days in the saddle) itineraries available.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals, riding, twin share accommodation (on the final evening), and transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include alcohol, lunch on the final day, flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and accommodation in Kununurra.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes meals, riding, twin share accommodation (on the final evening), and transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include alcohol, lunch on the final day, 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. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

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.

Itinerary

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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.

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  • Six Day Ride - Day 1

    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)

  • Six Day Ride - Day 2

    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).

  • Six Day Ride - Day 3

    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).

  • Six Day Ride - Day 4

    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).

  • Six Day Ride - Day 5

    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).

  • Six Day Ride - Day 6

    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.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 1

    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 at the gateway to El Questro Station before heading straight out on horseback. This will be your first chance to truly appreciate the vastness of the Kimberley landscapes covered in unique plant life. 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 5-6 hours riding)

  • Five Day Ride - Day 2

    An 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 (savour those views globetrotters, they’re extraordinary!) 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)

  • Five Day Ride - Day 3

    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)

  • Five Day Ride - Day 4

    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 kicking up the dust alongside the airstrip and riding into the township of El Questro Station. After tending to the horses, we’ll show you to your riverside Bungalow accommodation. For those wanting the thrill of a helicopter ride (an additional expense of approx $250 per person for a 20min scenic flight), you’ll have the chance this afternoon while the sun is setting over the Kimberley Ranges – highly recommended! 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)

  • Five Day Ride - Day 5

    Breakfast will be served at the ‘cricket pitch’ grass area. After this, you’ll put on your walking shoes and 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. Then it’s time to bid a sad farewell to El Questro Station for good as you’ll head back into Kununurra. Today you will purchase your own lunch at the Ord River Rum Hoochery. Then if there’s time you’ll enjoy a quick visit to the Sandalwood Factory in Kununurra, before heading back to the airport or your accommodation at around 2.00pm. Departing flights can be booked anytime after 3pm.

  • Transfer Information

    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.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Kimberley Ride

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Jennifer Stephens

‘The Kimberly Ride was the holiday of a lifetime for me. Laura and Christian were fantastic and went above and beyond to make sure we all had the best experience possible. The other guides Gwyn and Alice were so lovely, as were Chilli, Kath and the boys – they all looked after us and kept us safe and entertained. The food was better than a five star restaurant. Everything was so well organised. The swags were so comfortable and having a lovely hot shower at the end of the day was wonderful. Millie, the little mare I rode, was so laid back and made me feel very safe. I was able to take videos and photos whilst riding, knowing that she would not put a foot wrong. The horses overall were amazing, and in such great condition. The countryside was breathtaking and the views changed constantly. Many thanks to Laura and Kate for all their assistance in getting me there. It’s a holiday that I will never forget.’

Joanne Arbuckle

‘The Kimberley Ride was one of the best things I’ve done. The friendships formed with the ladies on this trip mean that I’ll always have a riding buddy on future Globetrotting rides. Everything was run so smoothly. Our guides Christian and Laura and their team were great – nothing was too much trouble. Always ready to have a chat, share a joke or help you find a good stump to use as a mounting block. I rode Riley and Blue, and both were great.
Every day brought a new experience – indigenous rock art, cattle, bulls, brolgas or bower birds. The scenery was like riding through a Namatjira painting – just amazing! I couldn’t fault the food. The candlelit long table dinner on “Risotto Night” looked so pretty under the stars. The swag was comfier than I had imagined and the last night at El Questro was just brilliant! The Kimberley region should be on everyone’s must-see list.’

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Coralee Howe

‘My third ride with Laura and Christian so far! You can never go wrong with a ride with this crew and their horses! The Kimberley Ride was fantastic, with breathtaking landscapes. I rode Limerick, an absolutely beautiful mare who would do anything for an apple! Every day was great. The riding, weather and location are fantastic and the entertainment every night was wonderful. You are guaranteed to come back a few kilos heavier from the meals cooked up. The helicopter ride and walk to Emma Gorge were also highlights for me.’

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Kathryn Johnston

‘The Kimberly Ride is one of the must-do rides in Australia. I loved camping under a sea of stars, eating fabulous food, seeing amazing outback country, wading through water holes and swimming after a long day in the saddle. I rode Dottie – she was the best horse! Very responsive, and I felt truly safe the whole time I was riding. I really bonded with her and actually had a tear in my eye when I said goodbye. The guides and team were all amazing – they made an effort to really get to know everyone and spend time with each of us, and they were very informative about the Kimberley. It was a truly amazing experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.’

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Sue Petherbridge

‘I finally made The Kimberley Ride after it was cancelled last year and what a fabulous ride it was, definitely worth the wait! Christian and Laura and all the staff couldn’t do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble. I was lucky enough to ride the Victorian Brumby, Mack, who had such a lovely nature and was great to ride. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was to sleep under the stars in the camp beds with the swag. In fact, the whole camping experience was very good, and so well organised. The food was excellent and I was amazed at the variety. We even had a sit-down dining experience by candlelight with risotto on the menu – fantastic! The Kimberley is a beautiful, rugged place and we visited rivers, springs, mountains and Indigenous rock art. The highlight for me was riding to Zebedee Springs, where we tied up the horses and went for a swim in the thermal springs. We then cantered back to camp – such a memorable experience. I absolutely loved The Kimberley and I highly recommend this fabulous riding experience.’

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Kate Williams

‘This was a life changing experience for us and our two boys. I’ve travelled in Australia my whole life, and what a unique way to see the land and wildlife. We felt part of the country, respectful and leaving no trace. The horses were amazing – sturdy, reliable, and in great condition. Our accommodation was perfect and the meals were always great and hearty.
The highlight of the trip was swimming in a waterhole at dusk after eight hours of riding, and with another hour’s ride back to camp. We had to search out the waterhole, as the guides had never been there and there was every possibility it would be dry, as were the previous two we’d visited that day. It was exhausting, amazing and unforgettable.
Christian and Laura were special people, who made it a special experience. The boys loved helping Christian shoe the horses. On the last day, after turning in the horses, Christian and Laura went above and beyond, taking us to a thermal spring in Emma Gorge, bringing cheese, beer and wine.
Money well spent. It was truly unforgettable.’

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Bridget Schultz

‘I had the adventure of a lifetime on The Kimberley Ride. To be honest, the night before leaving home as I was busily packing, I was thinking ‘Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Is this ride going to be a bit much for me? Can I camp?’ How wrong I was – I loved every single second of this ride and was very sad when it was over. The horses, the people, the glamping, the entertainment, the way that Laura and Christian go way above and beyond to ensure you have the best time you can – it’s all phenomenal. My horse Doc was amazing and I was sad to say goodbye to him. I could not have been happier with all of the staff, they were fantastic – always had a smile on their face and felt like friends. If you’re hesitating, trust me and just book it, you won’t regret it!’

Rebecca Turnbull

‘I have been on both the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride and now The Kimberley Ride with Laura and Christian and could not recommend them enough – they look after your every need. The landscape is amazing and the horses are even better. I rode Doc, a lovely, kind, gentle boy, and I was very happy with him. We had beautiful accommodation at El Questro. The whole trip was great value for money. Our guides were great, especially Swampy and Ray, who sung a few tunes around the campfire. A highlight for me was Vinnie coming to camp and paying didgeridoo for us.’

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Amanda Mitchell Owen

‘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.’

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