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 southern region of Western Australia has been the number one tourist destination for decades.
So it’s with great excitement that Globetrotting presents to you The Margaret River Ride, in partnership with husband and wife duo, Paul Brennan and Fiona Flugge. These two beautiful souls have been making equine enthusiasts grin from ear to ear for the past ten years with their morning and afternoon rides from their Margaret River property, which also happens to be a boutique vineyard.
With help from these two locals, we’ve engineered a five day, four night ride (a three day, three night ride is also available) that encompasses everything we love about the iconic Margaret River region. 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.
From arrival to departure you’ll eat and drink some of the best regional food and wine that this gourmet hub has to offer. If you’ve always wanted to explore this very special part of Australia then you MUST make a beeline for The Margaret River Ride.
SO with that said, this ride is perfect for everyone from couples where one is experienced and the other is learning, to families with varying abilities, to intermediate and advanced riders keen to jump fallen logs and canter along the beach.
- 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:100kg / 220lbs *please contact us if you’re above this weight.
- Type of tack:English all-purpose saddles or Australian stock saddles.
- Seasons:September through to April (excluding December & January).
- Group size:A maximum of 10 guests.
- Time in Saddle:On average, four to six hours each day.
- Riding Ability:Caters for beginner to advanced riders. *If you are a beginner rider, you’re expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting/rising to the trot and cantering (or need to build your cantering confidence and be willing to learn). Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
- Accommodation:Four-metre bell ‘glamping’ tents. Fully-appointed teepee style tents with all bedding, lights and towels. Hot showers and flushing toilets are a one-minute walk from your tent.
- Ride Length:There are 5 day, 4 night itineraries available as well as shorter 3 day, 3 night itineraries over specific weekends.
The price includes meals, accommodation and riding.
The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transfers to and from Margaret River.
DEPARTURE DATES & RATESNEW! Secure your saddle seat NOW with a 10% deposit - as part of our 10x 10% payment plan!
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June 25 to 28, 2021
*Custom 3-day departure, suitable for private groups. Accommodation at The Farmhouse in bunkhouse-style shared rooms.
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The non-rider price is inclusive of meals, accommodation and activities other than horse riding (Berry Farm, beach, vineyard lunch etc). Assistance can be provided with coordinating external tours.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes meals, 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.
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.
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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.
Five Day Ride - Day Before
We ask globetrotters to arrive in Margaret River the day before the ride, so you’re ready to meet Jesters Flat at 9:30am on day one. Globetrotting can recommend accommodation houses in Margaret River on request.
Five Day Ride - Day 1
All globetrotters are to meet at Jesters Flat by 9:30am, and please make sure you’ve eaten breakfast. After meeting your hosts, Paul and Fiona, and their team of hard-working staff, you’ll be partnered with your horse for the week based on your ability. This morning you’ll ride to Irishman’s Pool through Rapids Conservation Park. Traversing sandy-bottomed tracks, there is plenty of time to become acquainted with your horse. Depending on the weather, it’s worth having a plunge into this freshwater pool before enjoying a picnic lunch. A three hour ride in total. 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. Globetrotting had some spine-tingling moments in Mitch’s company and believe it’s an incredibly special off-the-horse highlight to this colourful and sensory-overloaded itinerary. Dinner will be prepared by local catering legends who specialise in gourmet, regional food.
Five Day Ride - Day 2
After a cooked breakfast, you’ll mount up and ride overland to the iconic Berry Farm, which is a highlight for the throngs of tourists who visit Margaret River. You’ll ride through neighbouring properties and conservation parks and gain a wonderful appreciation of the native bush that surrounds Margaret River. Your guide, Paul Brennan, is a wealth of knowledge and will keep you entertained. This is a three and a half hour ride with a morning tea break. You should arrive at the Berry Farm by 12pm, where you’ll enjoy a lovely lunch of gourmet platters. Following lunch you’ll have some time to peruse the shop and gardens of this iconic tourist hot-spot, before heading back to Jesters Flat either on horseback or in the support vehicle if you’re feeling a little weary. Dinner will be enjoyed under the twinkling night sky.
Five Day Ride - Day 3
After another stomach-filling breakfast, you’ll load the horses into the truck and set out for the Boranup Karri Forrest. You’re welcome to follow the truck in your own vehicles or join in Jesters Flat transport options should you wish. This beautiful ride through the tall timbers of the Karri Forest will literally take your breath away. Towering Karri trees, some well over 60m in height, undulate across the valley. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this forest is a feast for the senses – wildflowers, orchids and funghi (in season) coat the forest floor, the fresh smell of eucalyptus fills your nostrils and the sounds of native birds punctuate the silence. This will be one magical ride globetrotters. 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 Jesters Flat, 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 – reliving your Pony Club days! Then another gourmet dinner awaits.
Five Day Ride - Day 4
Wake up to another day in Globetrotting 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 St Margaret’s Vineyard, one of the many vineyards that flank the Margaret River township. Again, there will be plenty of opportunities to trot and canter 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 a forest ride back to Paul and Fiona’s property for dinner.
Five Day Ride - Day 5
Sadly, this is your final day at this beautiful home away from home. But this five day, four night itinerary ends with a BIG bang, that’s for sure. After a hearty cooked breakfast, you’ll set off for the deserted white sandy shores and emerald green waters of Forrest Beach. No doubt you’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream when you find yourself cantering uninhibited on the beach. For those who are keen, 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. For those wishing to depart straight from this beach near Busselton, you’ll be finished around 12 midday and can head off after that. But for those of you wanting more time in the saddle (let’s face it, that’s ME!) you’ll be able to head back to the property for a late lunch and one last ride in the afternoon, before finishing around 4pm. After this you’ll say your fond farewells to the horses and humans who have become firm friends over the last couple of days, and depart for your onward travels.
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a remedial massage (at an additional cost) one morning or afternoon during their stay in lieu of saddle time. The cost is $60 for 30 minutes or $100 for 60 minutes. It is recommended that should you wish to indulge in this alternate activity, bookings be made at the same time you reserve your saddle seat (or as early as possible) so you don’t miss out.
Three Day Ride - Day 1
This shorter 3 day, 3 night itinerary takes in the very best highlights from the longer 5 day trek, and packs them tightly into a long weekend! So if you’re tight on time and budget, we’ve got you covered – THIS is the ride for you.
You can arrive anytime from 5pm this first afternoon for a classic Margaret River ‘Wine & Cheese’ welcome. A shared dinner will follow. If you arrive late you can join in the delights, right through to 9pm. Then it’s into the canvas bell tents to get your beauty sleep so you’re ready to swing your leg over the saddle tomorrow for a full day’s ride.
Three Day Ride - Day 2
After a continental breakfast and meet and greet session with the horses, you’ll mount up and ride overland to the iconic Berry Farm which is a highlight amongst the throngs of tourists to visit the Margaret River. You’ll ride through neighbouring properties and conservation parks and gain a wonderful appreciation of the native bush that surrounds Margaret River. You’ll enjoy a lunch break out in the Blackwood State Forest before continuing on, wandering through unsullied bushland and cantering along wide sandy tracks.
You’re expected to arrive at the Berry Farm in time for a sumptuous afternoon tea, after which you’ll have some time to peruse the shop and gardens of this iconic tourist hot-spot, before heading back to Jesters Flat in the support vehicle for a shower to wash off the day’s dust.
Drinks and dinner will be enjoyed at Jesters Flat under the twinkling night sky. If the weather is suitable, there’s also the option of participating in a session of stargazing with the crew from the Bunbury Observatory. Your guides will be sure to inform you should this be able to take place this evening.
Three Day Ride - Day 3
After another stomach-filling continental breakfast, you’ll load the horses into the truck and set out for the Boranup Karri Forrest. You’re welcome to follow the truck in your own vehicles or join in Jesters Flat transport options should you wish. This beautiful ride through the tall timbers of the Karri Forest will literally take your breath away. Towering Karri trees, some well over 60m in height, undulate across the valley. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this forest is a feast for the senses – wildflowers, orchids and funghi (in season) coat the forest floor, the fresh smell of eucalypt fills your nostrils and the sounds of native birds punctuate the silence. This will be one magical ride globetrotters. Lunch is packed in your saddle bags today so you can take a break whenever the time seems right!
After this morning’s ride, you have the option of spending some free time exploring the Margaret River sights at your leisure, or heading back to Jesters Flat for an afternoon of fun and games on horseback, with some polocrosse coaching thrown in for good measure.
Your final dinner (with some cocktails thrown in for good measure) will again be enjoyed on the lawn of Jesters Flat.
Three Day Ride - Day 4
We’re finishing your long weekend adventure off with a BANG globetrotters – today after breakfast you’re heading to the shores of the deserted white-sand Wonnerup Beach with emerald green waters. This pristine beach is a good 45min drive north from Jesters Flat, but with hard sand perfect for long stretches of cantering, and tranquil waters equally perfect for swimming with the horses, it’s definitely worth the drive.
For those wishing to depart straight from this beach near Busselton, you’ll be finished around 12 midday and can head off after that. Alternatively you can head back to Jesters Flat for a final long table lunch which will give you the chance to have a leisurely pack up and say farewell to your new friends and fabulous horse buddies. You’ll depart Jesters Flat at 2pm to head home.
5 DAY ITINERARY:
We recommend you arrive in Margaret River the day before the ride begins, so you’re ready to meet at Jesters Flat at 9:30am on day one. And depending on your travel plans, we recommend staying an extra night in the area 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 midday on the last day if you would prefer. Further notes are in the itinerary.
3 DAY ITINERARY:
You can arrive at Jesters Flat anytime between 5pm and 9pm on the first evening, keeping in mind that drinks, nibbles and a lovely shared dinner are on offer this first evening. And the tour will finish after lunch at 2pm on the final afternoon, although there is the option of departing from the beach near Busselton at around 12 midday if you would prefer.
It would be best that globetrotters find their own way to Margaret River for the start of the ride. The drive from Perth to Margaret River is approximately three hours. Various car hire companies (approximately $300 for a six day hire) and public bus services (South West Coachlines, TransWA) are available from Perth. On the ride, all transfers are covered in the cost, including a final transfer from the beach ride on day five to either Jesters Flat or your Margaret River accommodation. Private vehicles can be parked at the property for the duration of the ride.
*New transfer arrangements will be employed for all departures in 2021. Please refer to the 2021 fact sheet for updated information.
What our valued Globetrotters say about The Margaret River Ride
‘My partner, Matt, booked The Margaret River Ride as my surprise birthday present (I know, the man is husband material to say the least). When he told me, I legitimately cried from how blown away and excited I was. It was an epic adventure to say the least. Matt had barely any riding experience and yet the team was never weighed down for it. Paul and the girls who guided us took the time to show Matt the ropes and make sure he was comfortable the entire time. They matched our horses PERFECTLY. By the end of the trip Matt and I wanted to take Confetti and Richie home with us. The food was awesome, Alex made it with love and always put on an impressive spread. Fiona and Paul are excellent hosts and I cannot rave about this experience enough.’
‘This has been the best holiday I have ever done. Our guides were all fabulous and very knowledgeable. The other riders were all lovely and we are going to be catching up again for another ride. Nothing was a problem for the lovely Alex, our chef – best food ever. The glamping mattress and pillows were very comfortable, not like camping at all. I rode Cassie and she was perfect for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every ride on her. She was very well schooled and responsive, and loved being out in the bush. She excelled in the games and loved the beach ride. The games and polocrosse were the best laugh – we were still laughing hours later over dinner! This ride is excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.’
‘Wonderful hosts, wonderful staff and wonderful horses! A great experience riding through forests, vineyards and the beach – which we had all to ourselves! We were lucky to have great weather and an abundance of wildflowers. The scenery was beautiful. I especially loved riding in Boranup Forest, our ride to the vineyard for lunch and riding on the beach.
The whole package was absolutely fabulous. We were kept busy and entertained. Alex was our chef and he kept us very well fed with fresh and tasty meals. Paul and Fiona are fantastic hosts and Paul has many stories to tell. The guides are always friendly and helpful; they love what they are doing and love the horses. An amazing holiday to remember.’
‘This was the best holiday I’ve had in ages. I ride at home, but this trip provided all the things you could wish for – lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting with warm, friendly hosts and a great party of ‘fellow trekkers’. I rode Stacey, a sweet-natured mare who was sensible and willing, with a lovely comfortable canter. The food was fantastic – prepared by local people using local produce. Our guides were friendly, good-natured, and a wealth of knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Each day brought new adventures, new things to see and new places, with rides through forest, across open paddocks and on the beach. I would definitely recommend this holiday!’
‘Some 30 years ago, a Quarter Horse I rode
In the mighty Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
A dream was formed that one day,
I would ride again along some other scenic way.
2020 was the lucky year, when the stars had aligned
And I could go riding one more time.
Montana was my destination, but the pandemic came
And my holiday left… until who knows when?
Then close to home, me and some friends
Found Margaret River, and set off for a long weekend.
There was laughter and focus, marvels and wonder
With ample natural beauty out yonder.
Thank you Fiona, Paul and the crew, and thank you to my fellow riders… you all gave me a time to remember. A special thank you Delila, Patterson and Sky, the gorgeous horses without whom my dream would not have come true. You made my holiday an experience to remember and I look forward to seeing you again.’
‘Absolutely fabulous! The ‘camp’ and tents were very comfortable, the horses were amazing and an absolute joy to ride, and the staff were very friendly, welcoming, outgoing, and made you feel instantly at home. They were also great with tips, tricks and pointing out things of interest on the rides. Paul and Fiona were amazing hosts and Alex the cook provided plentiful and delicious meals that were suitable for all dietary requirements. Both of the horses I rode were fantastic and if asked, I would have been happy to ride any of the guest horses I saw. All were well trained, well kept and beautifully mannered. I enjoyed this ride so much that I’m looking at dates to book again!’
‘One of the best holidays I’ve had. Each day’s ride was wonderful, followed by great food, good conversation, deep sleep to recharge the batteries, and then do it all again the next day. Paul and Fiona were excellent hosts and the support staff looked after all our needs. The horses were all in great shape with terrific natures, a testament to Paul and Fiona’s management. The beach ride was certainly a highlight, but the other days spent traversing the local bush were just as special. I loved the whole trip.’
‘This ride exceeded all expectations. Beautiful countryside, such lovely people and beautiful horses. I loved seeing my old horse friends of 30 years and we all had such great time.
I rode Bates and she was fantastic. I wished I could bring her home! All the horses were so well trained and very well matched with their riders.
Paul and Fiona run an exceptional place and had such lovely staff who all seemed to love what they do. Nothing was too much trouble. I loved all the extra things: the art gallery, berry farm, indigenous experience with Mitch, farrier, cocktail party, polocrosse. And the beach ride was sensational!
A friend once told me that with holidays, if you had a great time, then it wasn’t expensive. This one was worth every cent. I can’t recommend it highly enough.’
‘If you’re reading this and wondering whether to book The Margaret River Ride… Do it! You will not regret it. Not only was the riding spectacular and varied but the hosts, Paul & Fiona, were the icing on the cake to this incredible experience. The rest of the crew were amazing, too. The glamping tents were beautiful with comfy beds, sheets, blankets and even hot water bottles!
The food was outstanding – healthy and fresh. The horses were mainly Australian Stock Horses and they were wonderful. Mine was a pretty young bay called Nellie who knew her job and was very sweet. The highlight was the beach ride! A complete ‘Bucket List’ experience. After a long beautiful canter we took off our tack, boots and hats and swam with the horses – aaaahmaaaazing!’