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:Maximum of 110kg/240lbs (depending on height, physical condition and riding ability).
- Type of tack:Australian made swinging fender stock saddles
- Seasons:End of May through to August
- 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 at Emma Gorge on day 6, 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, and transfers to and from Kununurra accommodation.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include beer and wine, lunch at Emma Gorge 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 before dropping down into the valley to Brumby Base. Brumby base is our camp set on the banks of the Pentecost river, there is no swimming at tonight’s camp as it is known to occasionally have a crocodile or two! (Approx 5 hours riding)
Today is a highlight where you’ll be riding out from Brumby base to Nag Hole following the beautiful rock escarpment hugging the Pentecost river. We travel through the Spear Gate Valley before dropping down into our private horse camp, Nag Hole which is set on the banks of Moonshine Creek. We’ll ride into camp during 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 head to Zebedee hot springs via the stunning Moonshine Gorge. You’ll see plenty of wildlife along the way and cross the pristine Moonshine Creek, before stopping at the springs for a secluded dip in the thermal pools and lunch amongst the shaded trees and pandanas. After lunch you’ll ride on to the El Questro Station township before arriving into the 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.
‘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.’
‘The Kimberley Ride was an amazing experience. Christian, Laura and the crew are so helpful and friendly. I would definitely ride with them again. Every aspect from the horses to the food, gear and bedding was spot on. I rode Bonnie, and we were a perfect match. She was very similar to my own horse. I loved Christian’s chicken and mushroom risotto, and Laura’s panna cotta. I thought someone was getting married when we rode in and saw the white tablecloth and white chairs set up at the campsite! I loved every minute of this ride.’
‘The Kimberley Ride was really good value. I would definitely recommend it! I spent most of my time getting to know Rod and Gwen. Both were really knowledgeable, friendly, professional and helpful. They knew heaps about the areas we were riding in, and the bush tucker. Couldn’t fault them. Both Gwen and Rod clearly rode their horses with a view to looking after the rest of us – impressive! I rode a wonderful small mare called Millie. She had lovely manners and was beautiful to ride – we enjoyed some good canters. It was a great idea to stop at the quarry for a cold beer!’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed The Kimberley Ride and the people who ran it. They really made the trip with their excellent service, banter and knowledge of the area and horses. It was a dream to ride in the outback and they certainly delivered with plenty of extras. A safe and fun trip able to be enjoyed by anyone who’s keen. I definitely recommend it!’
‘Warm days. Rocky roads. Open flats. Beautiful horses. Amazing staff. Plenty of new friends. Amazing food. A few sneaky surprises. It’s impossible to sum up a trip like this.’
‘I have just ridden the Kimberly Ride and I’m missing it all so much. The scenery was beautiful. Our guides were so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and the history of the land. Just do it!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was top shelf. Laura and Christian were delightful hosts and brilliantly supported by the ponies and backup crew, who were all most kind and willing.’
‘What an experience! From swimming in pristine waterholes to camping under ancient boab trees, the Kimberley Ride was an amazing adventure.’