The 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 destination for tourists 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 5-day, 4-night ride (a 3 day, 3 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 wheat-coloured 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 who are of varying abilities, to intermediate to experienced 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:Varying paces
- 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 experienced 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 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.
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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. 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 $50 for 30 minutes or $90 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
‘The Margaret River Ride was exactly what I needed. Lovely horses, fabulous food, delicious wine, terrific people and great entertainment. I was taken slightly out of my comfort zone every day, which I’m sure has made me a better rider. I rode the gorgeous Bates, who was fabulously responsive and fun to ride. Paul, Fiona, Keith and the girls just made me feel like family and nothing was too much trouble. I thoroughly recommend this trip – I hope to be back.’
‘This ride was a dream of mine. And it was a dream come true. One of the best and most fun experiences I’ve had. The only problem is that it’s all I can think about and I am already looking for the next one! I rode Evie, and I was happy because she was very different to my horse, which was good for me. I felt safe and trusted her. The guides were lovely people – very attentive, friendly and accommodating. I especially loved swimming with the horses and playing polocrosse.’
‘We wanted to say a huge thank you to the amazing team at Margaret River for the most wonderful stay. Everything was perfect. The horses are amazing, food delicious, glamping cozy with beautiful attention to detail, and the entire team an absolute pleasure to be with. Our guides were exceptional. Their knowledge, patience and professionalism was of a very high standard. They were relaxed, personable and eager to give us the best experience they could offer. We loved the riding experiences, particularly cantering on the white sandy beach, swimming with the horses and of course the Polocrosse! I loved sharing this with my daughter, who said it was her best holiday ever! Our horses were amazing. We rode George and Nelly. They were happy, well cared for, beautifully trained and good natured. We will treasure the memories forever.’
‘The Margaret River Ride was amazing. It’s something my childhood self could only have dreamed of doing. I rode Evie and she was fantastic. Beautifully educated, lovely temperament, responsive, and didn’t put a hoof wrong. I got to try things I otherwise wouldn’t have, like polocrosse and riding in the ocean, as well as seeing the beautiful Western Australian scenery. The beach ride was a highlight and I’ll never forget it. Meeting Mitch and learning about her culture and the history of the Aboriginal community in Margaret River was great as well. I feel lucky to have experienced it. The staff were great, very friendly and down to earth, and just incredible at what they do. The meals were fantastic and well balanced and the accommodation was clean and cosy. The communal areas and the fire created a lovely atmosphere. As someone who only took up riding as an an adult, it was great to be immersed in horse activities for hours, with the same lovely mare each day. I improved and learnt so much.’
‘I’m just back from The Margaret River Ride and it was seriously amazing!! Everything was perfect – the food, accomodation, hospitality, horses, rides and experience. It was a trip of a lifetime! The polocrosse and the beach ride were the standouts for me, but also the rides through the national parks with all the wildflowers in bloom. I rode Poppy. She was just perfect. I have done a lot of riding in my life, and she was everything I was hoping for on this ride. A really lovely mare with no annoying habits and a good forward canter and trot.
The food was fantastic. There was so much choice, and being a vegetarian, everything was very thoughtfully prepared. The beetroot brownies were to die for!
I enjoyed every minute of this trip. Many thanks to Paul, Fiona, Keith and Sally, and all the other horsey girls for making it so special. I will be back!’
‘I cannot think of a better way to spend a holiday – spending time with your favourite animals, wonderful people and in a wonderful place. The whole trip was stand out – our guides, the staff, the horses, the places we rode to and the group we were with, the food – everything was amazing. Paul and Fiona were hosts ‘extraodinaire’, and Keith and Sally likewise. I rode the amazing Gillie and really enjoyed her. She even enabled me to play polocrosse! I could not ask for a more perfect holiday!’
‘The accommodation and especially the food were outstanding. All of the staff were lovely and prepared to go that extra mile to make us feel welcome. The guides were very experienced and knew the horses and the bush environment well. The hospitality of everyone was terrific. I was very happy with the horse I rode. As a nervous rider, I was assured he was very quiet and sensible.’
‘The Margaret River Ride is an amazing mix of bush, beach and fun games! Amazingly well educated horses, great accommodation and fabulous hosts and guides. I was riding Skye, who was fabulous – a perfect temperament. She would wander along with the group during the bush rides and then go hell for leather during our bending races and game of polocrosse! Paul and Fiona were amazing and worked tirelessly to ensure we had a great time. All of our guides were also amazing, ensuring we saw a variety of landscapes, and had a good mix of paces. The cultural heritage element, with Mitch providing excellent insight into the Noongar peoples, added to the experience.’
‘My daughter (12) and I are not long back from the most amazing trip to Margaret River. This was our first Globetrotting experience and we loved it. Paul and Fiona are wonderful hosts. The tents are both glamorous and spacious. The food and hospitality was beyond my expectations.
Each day brought something different. There was plenty of time in the saddle followed by an optional activity in the evening.
The rides take you through the forest, on (and in) the beach, along fire trails and over large paddocks. It was fabulous for my daughter to experience such freedom and space as opposed arena riding and structured competitions. The trip had the unintended result of her being so much more confident and calm with her own pony now she is back home. The best part of the entire trip for her was the games afternoon, which was so much fun.
We will return!’