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 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:95kg / 209lbs *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.
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June 10 to 13, 2022
*Custom 3-day departure. 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. Your ride hosts are graciously allowing guests to stay at Jesters Flat (at no extra charge!) the night before the ride begins. Please be advised that check in this day is between 5pm to 7pm only, and make sure you notify Globetrotting of your intention to stay at Jesters Flat today.
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 hearty farm-style, 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 hearty 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 or 1pm, 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 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 $120 for 60 minutes (prices are subject to change). 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 for the ride to begin at Jesters Flat at 9:30am on day one. Your hosts are graciously allowing guests to stay at Jesters Flat (at no extra charge!) the night before the ride begins. Should you wish to take them up on this generous offer, please notify Globetrotting of your intentions prior to departure. Please be advised that check in this day is between 5pm to 7pm only. Arrival outside of this time frame is not an option. While tea and coffee making facilities will be available, dinner and breakfast will not be provided. We recommend heading into the town of Margaret River where there are a plethora of restaurants and cafes to choose from. The ride will officially begin at 9.30am on day one.
And depending on your travel plans, 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 midday on the last day if you would prefer.
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.
What our valued Globetrotters say about The Margaret River Ride
‘The team at Margaret River are amazing. Their passion and knowledge are unmatched. Paul is a guru of all things equine. If I could spend longer just learning from his wisdom and experience, I would. Fiona was super friendly and welcoming. She made sure every rider was comfortable and set up with whatever we needed for the day. Vicki’s cooking was phenomenal. Seriously, she needs a Masterchef medal or something.
The horses are next level. I rode Richie, the big bulking black beauty. He was the perfect blend of strength, rugged good looks and character. He was happy to walk/trot/canter when asked, and happy to plod along when I needed a break. Boranup Forest was gorgeous, and probably my favourite trail. Polocrosse was an amazing activity, and definitely a new one for me.
This is a ride that you will never forget.’
‘From the moment I arrived and was warmly welcomed by Fiona, the experience was wonderful. The company, the accommodation, the food and of course the rides were incredible! All of the guides were engaging, informative and accommodating; they made me feel very safe. My mare Cas was a beautiful soul and perfectly matched to me. All the horses were clearly well cared for and loved. We enjoyed trail rides to the berry farm and through the forest, played polocrosse and went on a beach ride. We also got to enjoy a chocolate tempering demonstration and a yoga class!
The beach ride was a dream come true for me. I’ve never ridden on the beach before, let alone swum a horse, and it was just perfect. I will never forget the experience. I couldn’t recommend this ride enough. Thanks again, Fiona and Paul – I’d go back in a heartbeat!’
‘The Margaret River Ride will always be a cherished memory and one of the best experiences of my life. It was a magical few days of adventure, exhilaration, connection, and complete escape from the world – much needed after months of lockdowns. I was paired with Nova, a kind and forward moving mare who loved her job. What a thrill to be cantering through the forest, swimming in the ocean and playing polocrosse with her! I was amazed at how much we did in the three days. They were so full of experiences, without feeling like too much. The food was hearty and delicious, but even more so in the company of our hosts and fellow guests. How lovely and connecting it felt to gather around a beautiful long table at the end of the day. Paul and Fiona have created a horse lover’s dream and their authentic warmth and hospitality is second to none. From the fellow riders to the incredible horses and the lush landscapes, this was a dream trip for me!’
‘I booked The Margaret River Ride for May 2020, but due to COVID it was postponed until May 2021. This gave me the chance to get in some extra practice, as I don’t own a horse of my own. I am 71 years old, so I guess I could be classified as senior. I was never made to feel old compared to the others in the group, who were more in the 30-55 age group.
The operation of Globetrotting is a very professional one and their partnership with the team at Margaret River is very successful. Prior to the ride, Globetrotting’s Kate and Laura provided me with all the information I needed to be prepared for the five day adventure. On the ride, the Margaret River team and their beautiful horses did everything they could to make the group happy.
As a result, my newly-made friends and I have promised to meet up again on another Globetrotting ride somewhere else in Australia in the future. Well done, Globetrotting!’
‘If you’re thinking of doing a Globetrotting ride, you can’t go past The Margaret River Ride. The hosts, Fiona and Paul, run their business to a high standard and are very accommodating – you’ll want for nothing. The horses are exceptional and Paul selects the horse that is best suited to your riding ability and style. I rode Patterson, who was suited to me perfectly. The crew are just amazing – they kept us all safe and made sure that we all got the riding experience we were looking for.’
‘Having not ridden for over two years I needed a good, reliable horse to help build my confidence. Patterson was great – he went at his own pace for the first couple of days while I got my confidence back and figured him out. I always felt safe on him, and he didn’t put a foot wrong. I really enjoyed the ride to the brewery and the afternoon playing games and polocrosse.
The glamping tents were great – even though the nights were cool, I was nice and snug overnight. I loved all the different areas where you could sit and relax around the place, from the very fancy shed to the tree house. The meals were fantastic, with good variety and portion sizes. The long table lunch in the vineyard was amazing, and it was great to sample the local produce. I’d highly recommend this ride!’
‘The Margaret River Ride with Paul, Fiona, their team of gorgeous girls and our beautiful group of Globetrotters was so, so wonderful! The rides were amazing, the polocrosse was so much fun and the buzz of riding in the flag and bend race took me back to my gymkhana days! I just had to ‘press the buttons’ and my superstar mare Stacy did the rest. It was priceless! Paul and Fiona are to be commended on the high standard to which all of their horses are trained, including their care and well-being. All the meals were fabulous, particularly the vegetarian options for Charlotte and I. Fiona’s ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Cocktails were superb – I’m still dreaming about them! The tents were beautifully made up and so welcoming, with extra blankets and a lantern in each – just perfect. Swimming with our horses was the icing on a very sweet cake – my daughter Charlotte and I are still talking about it!’
‘Everyone needs to experience this. I am a beginner, but at all times felt safe. My horse Patterson was matched to my level and he was perfect – I am missing him! The guides were all excellent and very helpful. This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life (and I’m in my 50s). I am so glad to have experienced this and can’t wait to book another Globetrotting journey. Age is no barrier!’
‘This truly unique country experience is for all horse lovers. I absolutely loved every minute of my Globetrotting experience in Margaret River. I have so many wonderful memories, but riding at a canter to a neighbouring farm and having a magnificent lunch under a beautiful shady tree is one of the best. My first horse, Tom, was a beautiful, tall gelding who was very quiet and careful with me. Tom helped me to relax back into riding. My second horse was Clancy, a beautiful chestnut with a very smooth canter, who also looked after me very well. All the horses were well fed, well trained and much loved. The polocrosse was amazing, the ladies and gents on the tour were all lots of fun, our glamping tents were perfect and the food was fresh and tasty. I’d give the whole experience 10 out of 10. As soon as you walk onto the farm, time slows, wine flows and the laughter begins. Don’t make excuses, just do it!’