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 that encompasses everything we love about the iconic Margaret River region. Imagine salty, wind-swept, 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-tail 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 host’s 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:Maximum of 10 guests
- Time in Saddle:Five 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).
- 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:Five days, four nights
- Inclusions:The price includes meals, accommodation and riding.A non-rider price of $2,300 AUD per person is also available, inclusive of meals, accommodation and activities other than horse riding (Artist’s Studio, Berry Farm, beach, vineyard lunch etc). Assistance can be provided with coordinating external tours.
- Exclusions:The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transfers to and from Margaret River.
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
A non-rider price of $2,340 AUD per person is also available, inclusive of meals, accommodation and activities other than horse riding (Artist’s Studio, 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.
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.
We ask globetrotters to arrive in Margaret River the day before the ride, so you’re ready to meet at Jesters Flat at 9.30am on day one. Globetrotting can recommend accommodation houses in Margaret River on request.
All globetrotters to meet at Jesters Flat by 9.30am, please make sure you’ve eaten breakfast. After meeting your hosts, Paul and Fiona from Jesters Flat and their team of hard-working staff you’ll be partnered with your horse for the week as based on your ability. This morning you’ll ride to Irishman’s Pool (as pictured above) through Rapids Conservation Park. With sandy-bottomed tracks there are plenty of time to become acquainted with your horse. Depending on the weather, it’s worth having a plunge into this freshwater pool before having a picnic lunch. Three hour ride in total. After returning home to Jesters Flat, 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 ride through for the next four days. With eyes wide open you’ll appreciate the land, flora and fauna through an Aboriginal’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 (pictured above) and believe it’s an incredibly special off-the-horse highlight to this colourful and sensory, over-loaded itinerary. Dinner at Jesters Flat as catered by local catering legends that specialise in gourmet, regional food.
After a cooked breakfast, 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. Your guide, Paul Brennan, is a wealth of knowledge and will keep you entertained on this 3.5 hour ride with a morning tea break. You’re expected to 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 at Jesters Flat under the twinkling night sky.
After another stomach-filling breakfast, globetrotters have the option to enjoy a relaxing morning at Jesters Flat or saddle-up and ride to Rebecca Cool’s Art Gallery. Rebecca’s paintings are inspired by a love of colours and patterns, and have a naive charm reminiscent of European folk art. An artist and illustrator all her life (she has illustrated many award winning children’s picture books), Rebecca will be there to greet you and explain her work and choice in many different mediums. You’ll have the chance to browse the gallery before riding back to Jesters Flat for lunch. After a siesta, 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 the Jesters Flat field. You’ll also have the opportunity to try novelties such as barrel racing, flags and rescue racing games – re-living your Pony Club days! Dinner at Jesters Flat.
**PLEASE NOTE: On the March 2020 departure, Day 3 will actually involve a Heritage Trail day ride to Georges Camp Site in Whicher National Park. You’ll camp out in the bush that evening (pop up tents, mattresses and sleeping bags provided) and enjoy a swagmans style dinner in the forest. The following morning you’ll ride to St Margaret’s vineyard as per Day 4’s schedule. But don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the gymkhana games and polocrosse afternoon. This will be enjoyed on the afternoon of 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 JF horse and your guide Paul will lead you cross-country weaving along narrow bush tracks where you’ll arrive at St Margaret’s vineyard, one of the many vineyard’s that flank the Margaret River township. Again, plenty of opportunities to trot and canter along native bush tracks and through vineyard rows. Once you catch your breath, you’ll be treated to a barbecue lunch under a grove of trees in a park-like setting with local wine tasting. Forest ride back to Jesters Flat for dinner.
Sadly this is your final day at this beautiful, home away from home, Jesters Flat. But we’re ending this five day, four night itinerary with a BIG BANG that’s for sure. After a hearty cooked breakfast, you’ll set off for the shores of the deserted white-sand Forrest Beach with emerald green waters. No doubt you’ll be fulfilling a life-long dream of cantering uninhibited on the beach. For those that are keen, you’ll unsaddle your horse and take them into the calm, turquoise sea and if you’re super lucky be able to 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 Jester’s Flat 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 of Jester’s Flat who have become firm friends over the last couple of days, and depart for your onwards travel.
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 30mins or $90 for 60mins. 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 so you don’t miss out.
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.
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. While 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 Margaret River accommodation. Private vehicles can be parked at Jesters Flat for the duration of the ride.
‘I was very happy with this ride! All the horses were great. My partner, Roy, rode Patto, who was just perfectly suited to him. I rode three horses, and all were fantastic in their different ways. I especially love the games day, the beach ride and the gallop through the bush. The guides couldn’t have been better. Lovely people, second-to-none hospitality, and lots of local knowledge and experience happily shared. The glamping tents were comfortable, spacious and clean. The food was fantastic – big thanks to Keith!’
‘I came to riding later in life. This ride introduced me to experiences I have never been exposed to previously. Partaking in activities such as barrel and flag racing and polocrosse increased my riding confidence. Fiona, Paul, Sally, Keith and all the team where so hospitable and friendly, making this a truly memorable experience.’
‘A big thanks to Paul and Fiona, Keith and Sally, the wonderful girls, Jack the dog and Rosie the kangaroo, who arrived most mornings for a snack. A truly wonderful experience.’
‘Every day of the Margaret River Ride was perfect. It was a special mother daughter bonding holiday. To be able to have one-on-one with my 13 year old daughter is extremely rare, so we both loved every second together, sharing our love of everything horsey.
We loved Jesters Flat glamping and the dining room. Paul and Fiona and Sally and Keith were lovely. We learnt so much about the bush, the area, history, culture, polocrosse, horses. Sally and Keith did an amazing job with feeding us all.
The horses were educated and fantastic. My daughter rode George, who was an absolute gentleman, and she fell in love with him after day 1. I rode Poppy. We had very similar personalities, so we got along perfectly and both loved the polocrosse!
Those 5 days with my daughter will be cherished forever. It is the start of many more special mini-breaks together.’
“Amazing experience, horses were fabulous, as were our wonderful hosts Paul, Fiona and the whole team!”
“Paul and Fiona were absolutely lovely hosts as well as the staff. Nothing was ever a problem and they were all really happy to have a chat!”
“The accommodation was perfect and we ate and drank extremely well!”
“I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun ride with some good fast-paced intervals.”
“Paul and his staff were always there and I loved especially that there was always a member of staff at the back to assist.”