The Kimberley Ride, Australia

Beginner to AdvancedFrom $4,395 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:6 days, 5 nights (5 full days in the saddle).
  • 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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PLEASE NOTE: As dictated by our ride partner, all guests MUST be fully Covid-vaccinated, to help protect the local Indigenous population and for entry into the Kimberley region.

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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  • 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)

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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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Chloe Allen

‘You could not ask for better guides! They knew the history of where we rode, could identify flora and fauna, and were super helpful regarding the horses, riding, tack, etc. I felt comfortable and safe riding Riley, and I think he liked me too! The campsite, Nag Hole, was lovely. We spent most afternoons floating in the beautiful, refreshing waterhole with a glass of bubbles. Sleeping in a swag under the stars was magnificent. The camp bathroom and dunny had to be seen to be believed! Open air, flowers, perfume sticks, great hot water. The meals were varied and yummy.
Day four was my favourite. We got a lot of cantering in, waded through flooded roads and swam in waterholes. We stopped at Moonshine Gorge to swim and explore and it was like a movie set, so beautiful! Then we went to Zebedee Falls: four or five rock pools cascading into each other through absolutely sublime rainforest. The water was around 34 degrees, and if you stood under a waterfall it was a seriously dreamy massage! I wanted to stay forever, riding every day then coming back to Nag Hole.’

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Brittany Balcombe

‘The adventure of a lifetime! Laura and Christian were incredible hosts and very passionate about the country and its history. The terrain and climate is tough, however the horses are exceptionally well trained and cared for, making the trip an absolute dream! I rode Harry, who was very well behaved, calm and responsive. Every day was amazing. A fabulous, immersive way to experience this part of the Kimberley.’

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Jen Groß

‘An incredible outback adventure. There is no better way to explore the breathtaking scenery of the remote Kimberley region than on the back of a forward-moving horse. We were riding through untamed wilderness and rugged beauty, savannah woodlands with ancient boab trees, along ranges and across rivers and billabongs. Our knowledgeable, attentive guides went the extra mile to make sure we had an unforgettable riding experience. The horses were reliable, responsive and in great condition. Swimming in tropical waterholes, enjoying delicious campfire cooking and sleeping in a cozy swag under the stars after a long day in the saddle was just perfect. Moonshine Gorge and the hot thermal pools were my highlights. And beautiful Limerick, a dream horse who I really bonded with. I shed a tear when it was time to say goodbye!’

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Marie Strong

‘The Kimberley Ride has stolen my heart with its raw Australian countryside, exploring places you would never get to see on foot or by car. Seeing this part of Australia through the ears of a horse is truly magical. The service and food were beyond expectations. The whole team goes above and beyond with many a surprise along the way. Each day is filled with wonderful adventures, varying scenery, history and stories, and the evenings are finished with a touch of magic. The horses are surefooted, responsive and very well looked after. I have many memories to take home that I will never forget!’

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Katrina Marshall

‘I had a wonderful time on The Kimberley Ride. Every day was different and I enjoyed the variety. Laura and Christian were very hospitable and together with Stephanie, Gwen and Matt they worked hard to make the experience great for everyone. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing. The scenery was great. The weather was quite hot, but there was an opportunity for a swim most days. The horses were well behaved and very hardy given the terrain. We were also very fortunate to have a fantastic, varied group of guests. I was really pleased that I did the ride and pleasantly surprised with the accommodation, as this was the first time I had ever camped.’

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Fiona Bennett

‘Everyone should do this ride. Yes it was hot and dusty, but it was a true Australian Outback experience. I felt so alive while riding and around the campfire. Sleeping on the camp stretchers in fly-net swags was a highlight of the trip. Waking up to the red sunrise was something I will never forget – a lifelong dream. I rode Limerick and she was just beautiful. Quiet as a kitten, with a lovely loping canter, I felt very safe but could still ask her to do things, as she was very responsive. The guides were all amazing – always smiling. They love their job and it shows. Every need I had was met. I loved every second of this experience.’

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Donna McLoughlin

‘The Kimberley Ride surpassed all my expectations. Our every need was catered for and I had the most incredible experience. Our camp beds were brilliant, the food was fantastic and the guides and support staff were outstanding! I rode Mack, who was incredibly surefooted and made me feel very safe. Every day was just amazing. I returned feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to embrace my life again! Seeing this part of our country on horseback was a ‘bucket list’ event for me, and I intend to return and do the ride all over again. Best trek ever!!’

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Yvonne Suares

‘I met Shazam at the beginning of the ride,
I wondered how he would go by my side.
The moment I looked into his black deep eyes,
I knew he was my kind.
My trusted steed he became,
Carrying me safely along the way.
Across ancient landscapes, along scarps and roads
We walked, and trotted and cantered, full of joy and no thoughts.
Each day was unique, with the sun our constant friend,
We endured the long days in the heat to the end.
When the last day came, and I had to say goodbye,
I thanked Shazam with a tear in my eye.
Forever will I hold this beautiful horse in my heart
And be grateful to have met him, even though we are now apart.’

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Jan Edwards

‘If, like me, you have never been to the Kimberley, this is the way to see it. Five days riding through an amazing and changing landscape. You will be in good hands with Laura and Christian and their wonderful team. Everyone was delightful – very organised, cheerful and relaxed. Nothing was too much trouble. Even if you are a beginner like me there is a horse, like the lovely Dotty, who will take very good care of you. I really loved sleeping under the stars, too. The camp set up was wonderful.
If you get the chance, this is a great adventure.’

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