Margaret River Ride | Horse Riding Holidays in Australia | Globetrotting

The Margaret River Ride Starring Amber Marshall, Australia

5 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $10,750 AUD

Imagine salty, windswept, never-ending beach canters, swimming your horse bareback in the tranquil ocean and riding along secluded bush tracks alive with native Australian wildlife.

Margaret River: synonymous with white-sand beaches, aquamarine waters, world class vineyards, top-shelf regional fare and vino, and a temperate climate. It’s no secret why this iconic region has been one of Australia’s top tourist destinations for decades.

So it’s with GREAT excitement that we invite you to discover Margaret River on horseback alongside ‘Heartland’ star Amber Marshall!

The Margaret River Ride was created in partnership with husband and wife duo, Paul and Fiona. These two beautiful souls have been making equine enthusiasts grin from ear to ear for over ten years with their unbeatable Aussie hospitality, home-bred horses and gorgeous rides from their Margaret River property, which also happens to be a boutique vineyard.

With help from these two locals, we’ve engineered a ride that encompasses everything we love about Margaret River. Imagine salty, windswept, never-ending beach canters, swimming your horse bareback in the tranquil ocean and riding along secluded bush tracks and wide open, golden pastures alive with native wildlife including large mobs of kangaroos, emus and red-tailed black cockatoos. AND from arrival to departure, you’ll eat and drink some of the best regional food and wine that this hub has to offer.

Sharing all that and more with Amber Marshall?! Now THAT is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Australian Stock Horse, Quarter Horse cross, Thoroughbred and Arabian. The majority of the guest herd are home-bred and educated on the hosts' property.
  • Pace:The pace varies throughout the itinerary. Rest assured, your guides will ensure that those who wish to enjoy a canter can do so, while less confident riders continue at a gentler pace.
  • Weight Limit:95kg / 209lbs *please contact us if you’re above this weight.
  • Type of tack:English all-purpose saddles or Australian stock saddles.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, four to six hours each day.
  • Riding Ability:Intermediate to advanced. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Five-metre bell ‘glamping’ tents. These are fully-appointed teepee-style tents with all bedding, lights and towels. Hot showers and flushing toilets are a one-minute walk away.
  • Ride Length:5 days, 5 nights.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals, beer and wine, accommodation and riding.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transfers to and from Margaret River.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes meals, beer and wine, glamping accommodation and riding.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transfers to and from Margaret River.

PLEASE NOTE:
– Specific security and content requirements apply to participate in this ride.
– Rescheduling or cancellation on short notice may occur, and there are limited refund rights, so comprehensive travel insurance and fully flexible travel and accommodation bookings are essential.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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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 at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    Today is the day, globetrotters. You’ve made it to Margaret River, and you’re moments away from meeting Amber Marshall – insert SQUEALS of excitement!

    Whether you drive, take the bus or fly, you’ll need to arrive at your hosts’ gorgeous property in Margaret River between 5 and 7pm this evening. A delicious al fresco welcome dinner will help break the ice and you’ll be able to get to know Amber, your fellow guests, your hosts Paul and Fiona, and their hardworking team. Then it’s into the canvas bell tents to get your beauty sleep.

  • Day 2

    Waking up to a chorus of birdsong from the surrounding eucalypt forests and the realisation that yes, this amazing experience is actually real, you’ll emerge from your teepee to refuel with good coffee and a cooked breakfast shared with Amber and the gang. Then you’ll meet your horse for the week and head out for a three-hour ride to a natural waterhole hidden within a stunning conservation park. Traversing sandy-bottomed tracks, there is plenty of time to get acquainted with your trusty steed. Depending on the weather, it’s worth having a plunge in the waterhole before enjoying a picnic lunch nearby.

    Returning to Paul and Fiona’s property, you’ll be treated to a Welcome to Country by proud Waljin woman, Mitchella (Mitch) Hutchins. After an afternoon spent with Mitch, you’ll feel spiritually connected to the bush that you’ll ride through for the next four days. With eyes wide open, you’ll appreciate the land, flora and fauna through an Indigenous person’s eyes and understand how their relationship with their surrounds is one of mutual respect. You’ll have some truly spine-tingling moments in Mitch’s company -it’s an incredibly special off-the-horse highlight of this colourful and sensory-overloaded itinerary. Tonight, dinner will be prepared by local catering legends who specialise in hearty farm-style, regional food.

  • Day 3

    This morning, you’ll mount up and ride overland to a special lunch spot. You’ll ride through neighbouring properties and conservation parks and gain a wonderful appreciation of the native bushland of Margaret River. Your guide, Paul, is a wealth of knowledge and will keep you thoroughly entertained. Maybe Amber will share some stories, too! This is a three-and-a-half hour ride with a morning tea break. You should arrive at your lunch spot by 12pm, where you’ll enjoy some fabulous gourmet platters with farm-fresh produce.

    When everyone’s ready, you’ll head back to base either on horseback or in the support vehicle if you’re feeling a little weary. Dinner will be enjoyed under the twinkling night sky.

  • Day 4

    After another stomach-filling breakfast, you’ll load the horses into the truck and set out for an old growth karri forest. This beautiful ride will take your breath away. Towering karri trees, some well over 60 metres in height, undulate across the valley. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this forest is a feast for the senses – wildflowers, orchids and fungi (in season) coat the forest floor, the fresh smell of eucalyptus fills your nostrils and the sounds of native birds punctuate the silence. Lunch is packed in your saddle bags today so you can take a break whenever the time seems right!

    Later, after a siesta back at Paul and Fiona’s property, you’re invited to mount up and try your hand at polocrosse, as tutored by Paul, who played polocrosse for Australia for a number of years. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience this fast-paced game in a safe environment on Paul and Fiona’s home field. You’ll also have the opportunity to try novelties such as barrel racing, flags and rescue racing games – let’s see if anyone can give Amber a run for her money! Afterwards, another hearty dinner awaits.

  • Day 5

    Wake up to another day in paradise! Why not take part in an early morning yoga session to stretch out those weary muscles and prepare for another day in the saddle? After a sumptuous breakfast, you’ll be reunited with your horse, then Paul will take you cross-country, weaving along narrow bush tracks until you arrive at one of the many vineyards that flank the Margaret River township. There will be plenty of opportunities to kick up the dust along bushland tracks and through the vineyards.

    Once you catch your breath, you’ll be treated to a barbecue lunch under a grove of trees in a park-like setting with a local wine tasting. Then it’s another stunning forest ride back to the farm for dinner.

  • Day 6

    Sadly, it’s your final day with Amber at this beautiful home away from home. But the adventure ends with a BIG bang, that’s for sure. This morning you’ll set off for the deserted white sandy shores and emerald green waters of a nearby beach. No doubt you’ll fulfill a lifelong dream when you find yourself cantering uninhibited along the sand! If you like, you can unsaddle your horse and take them into the calm, turquoise sea, and if you’re super lucky you might even spot dolphins and whales.

    Finally, you’ll return to the property for a celebratory long table lunch, reflecting on an unforgettable Aussie adventure.

    At around 4pm, you’ll say your fond farewells to Amber, your fellow globetrotters, and the horses and humans who made this trip possible, then depart for your onward travels.

  • Transfer Information

    You will need to organise your own transport to and from Margaret River. The drive from Perth to Margaret River is approximately three hours. Various car hire companies and public bus services (South West Coachilines, TransWA) are available from Perth. You can also fly direct from Melbourne to Busselton Airport in Margaret River.

    On day 1, you’ll need to arrive at your hosts’ property between 5 and 7pm. A delicious welcome dinner will be served while you get to know your hosts and fellow guests.

    If possible, we recommend staying an extra night in the area (at your own expense) after the ride finishes at 4pm on the final day, although there is the option of leaving straight from the beach near Busselton at around 12 noon if you would prefer.

  • Other Activities

    Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a chair massage (neck, shoulders & back) at the end of one of the days of the trek for a rate of $25 for 15mins (prices subject to change). If you think you’d like to opt for a massage, please let Globetrotting know, but last minute bookings are also possible.

  • Amber Marshall

    Amber Marshall is a Canadian actress best known for her portrayal of Amy Fleming on the beloved family drama series ‘Heartland.’ Born and raised in Ontario, Amber’s passion for acting and animals blossomed at an early age. Having learnt to ride as a toddler, she is a horsewoman through and through – both in character on Heartland and at home on her ranch in Alberta.

    18 years ago, when Amber landed the role of Amy Fleming on Heartland at age 18, she embarked on a journey that would forever intertwine her love of acting and horses. The series, filmed in the foothills of the Rockies in Alberta, allowed her to fully immerse in the Western lifestyle. Over the years, Amber’s involvement in Heartland deepened, and she eventually took on the role of Consulting Producer, contributing to the creative process behind the scenes.

    Today, Amber lives her dream, blending her love for acting and horses in her iconic role on Heartland. Off-screen, she and her husband Shawn live on a ranch outside of Calgary, where they care for their beloved horses and a menagerie of farm animals, embodying the Western lifestyle that they’ve always loved.

    AMBER’S CHOSEN CHARITIES
    Amber has chosen to donate the funds raised from this Margaret River Ride to local wildlife and animal rescue charities in the Margaret River region. This includes charities that work with horses, as well as other domestic animals and Australia’s unique native species.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Margaret River Ride

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Stacey West

‘I’ve been waiting years to do The Margaret River Ride, and I was not disappointed. The variety offered, which included fun activities both on and off the horse, is unique to this ride. The horses are brilliant, fit, and so well cared for by the hosts and team. There was so much opportunity to go at your own pace, both literally and mentally. I love that I could quietly read my book in a treehouse, speed around a forest on a gorgeous Stock Horse, have a few vinos and laughs at a winery, and kick some butt playing polocrosse, all in the same day. Great weather, wonderful ponies, sweet digs, and even better people. Incredible all round!’

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Angela Mendoza

‘What an incredible ride. Paul, Fiona and their family are the most warm, welcoming and friendly hosts sharing their knowledge, experience and lives with us. The guides were fun, knowledgeable, supportive and always put the horse’s welfare first. They matched me to my sassy steed perfectly. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with her. The glamping experience was magical, comfortable and cosy! The food and wine were amazing, and the extracurricular activities were a welcome surprise. The variety of riding far exceeded my expectations, with many opportunities for trotting and cantering out on the trails, as well as riding alongside kangaroos, emus, black cockatoos, and parrots. We rode through the lush green forest, long winding sandy tracks, grape vines, wildflowers, a beautiful beach (we spotted a dolphin from horseback), and the pièce de résistance, playing polocrosse for the first time! A truly unique experience with tuition from a world-class player. Thank you, team, for the most magical and memorable escape on horseback!’

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Deborah Ansell

‘This was a long-awaited ride after COVID cancellations, but it was so worth the wait; I could not have been happier. The hosts were so generous to open their beautiful home to us, I felt like I had known them my whole life. Each day was different, from the bush to the wineries, playing Polo Cross, and riding on the beach on the last day, each a wonderful experience. The horses were all lovely and willing; I really enjoyed the riding, and being able to swim the horses on the most beautiful beach was just magical. I met some lovely people and felt very comfortable as a single rider. Coming home to the homestead at the end of the day was lovely and welcoming; it’s a fantastic, relaxing place with heaps of character and charm. I felt very spoilt being served lovely meals at the end of each day and sitting around the table with our hosts, chatting and telling stories. We had a visit from an aboriginal local who had a wealth of knowledge and was very interesting. We even got to make some jewellery to take home. I would highly recommend this ride to anyone; you would be hard-pressed not to enjoy yourself and have a magical experience. I would love to do it all again!’

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Kim Davis

‘The Margaret River Ride is a beautiful experience, with such fantastic and caring hosts. Everything from the amazing horses to the gorgeous scenery and delicious food was on point! This was my second Globetrotting ride, and I loved every minute of it. Our guides were all lovely and knowledgeable. Our head guide was brilliant, and it was so much fun to ride with! Her understanding of each horse and rider was spot on. The Polo Cross was so much fun, and a nice Sav Blanc afterwards paired perfectly with the hot W.A. afternoon! Every detail has been thought of to make this a great ride!’

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Peggy Quill

‘I absolutely loved my experience on the Margaret River Ride. The horses were exceptional; well-bred and uniformly great. I felt extremely fortunate to ride such lovely horses. The guides were superb – they worked together seamlessly, and were caring and informative. The accommodation was wonderful, along with the food and service. I had a great time getting to know the other riders, the support crew and owners. Riding on the beach was the highlight of the trip for me, it was simply amazing! Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I made new friendships while exploring the beautiful part of Western Australia.’

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Jenna Kassier

‘The Margaret River ride was an incredible experience that I would highly recommend to everyone. Paul and Fiona, our hosts, were gracious and always made sure we had what we needed. Our trail leader, Emma, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, approachable, and knew every horse so well. Emma had great tips on what works well with each horse. And of course, the horses themselves were incredible. My horse, Molly, was amazing – responsive and happy to go along with anything. The accommodation was homely, and the beds were so comfortable – exactly what we needed after a long day. It all went by too quickly, and I already can’t wait to book another globetrotting ride!’

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Molly Hoffman-Bricker

‘The Margaret River ride was my first Globetrotting experience and it could not have been more perfect! My horse, Richie, was a good match for me. We had varied bush rides, with lots of cantering throughout. The polocrosse was a real standout, and I had so much fun that I instantly forgot about being a little saddle-sore. The food was delicious, and I was left stuffed throughout the weekend. Our hosts, Paul and Fiona, were lovely to spend time with, and they sat with us at the dinner table every night. Even though it was my first Globetrotting ride, I am sure it won’t be my last.’

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Alison Venn

‘The Margaret River Ride is a magical 5-day itinerary, with a great variety of activities, beautiful horses, stunning scenery, knowledgeable guides, and delicious food. During my stay, I rode a sweet mare named Emily who knew her job well, and I felt extremely safe throughout the ride. The ride to the vineyard for lunch, the day 4 forest ride, and the beach ride and swim were the highlights of my trip. Even though I’m not good at ball games, I enjoyed playing polo crosse. 10 out of 10!’

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Ali Lamond

‘I have loved all my Globetrotting rides, but this one stands out the most. All five days in the saddle were fantastic. My horse Delilah was lovely and our guide Paul was very intuitive in matching horses to riders. The guides were outstanding: they loved their work and were very knowledgeable. The fast canter home after lunch in the vineyard and riding through grapevines was a real highlight. A wonderful family-run outfit that I would definitely recommend.’

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