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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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.
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.
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 $125 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.
What our valued Globetrotters say about The Margaret River Ride
‘Every day was a new adventure – the forest rides, beach rides, the game of polocrosse – so much fun. Just fantastic! I rode Delilah, a beautiful horse – calm, gentle and responsive. Paul is one of the best horsemen around, you can learn so much from him. His wife Fiona and daughter Lucy are amazing hosts, and Emma and the rest of the guides were just perfect. I loved the good food and great wine – we were very spoiled. The best guides and excellent well trained horses. You can’t ask for more. It was the best three days, for sure! Thank you!’
‘Love, love, love this ride! Just magic! Polocrosse was definitely the highlight – Paul’s enthusiasm was infectious and his skill is unparalleled. The horses are so talented and responsive that they made it very easy. The fact that I’m now planning on taking up polocrosse as a sport speaks for itself! I rode Evie, who is possibly the best trained horse I have ever ridden. She was always keen to get going and was magic on the polocrosse field. Our guide Emma really added to our enjoyment of the trail rides. She regularly checked in to see how we were going and was a wealth of knowledge. I felt totally safe in her care. Paul and Fiona were outstanding hosts, going above and beyond to make our time special. Their little extra touches made the accommodation comfortable, inviting and relaxing. I was very happy with the food – the use of freshly picked local produce and the effort that our chef Alex put in to accommodate varying dietary requirements was outstanding. Can’t wait to go again!’
‘Fantastic fun and laughter on The Margaret River Ride! Our hosts Fiona and Paul and the crew were spot on and looked after us all. The horses were awesome – Cassie was spunky and had a great attitude, and Frieda was perfect – I would love to have her at home. The beach ride and the polocrosse were great fun. You all will love this ride, I promise!’
‘My Globetrotting ride in Margaret River was stress free and full of great food, amazing locations, fun and helpful staff, and well-paired horses. It was a great way to experience Margaret River with the stress of what I was going to eat or do removed. As for the accommodation, the tents were amazing and I loved the rustic aesthetic. It was country glam! There were lots of places to go and relax, whether you wanted company or time alone. You could come and go as you pleased, using the kitchen facilities or the seating, and enjoy the open air. My favourite ride was when we went to the pools/rivers – I loved the long ride through the forest where we could trot, canter and enjoy the time in nature.’
‘My daughter and I had the best trip ever. Our hosts Paul and Fiona and their support team were lovely. The horses were perfectly matched to us and all were loved and well cared for. We rode two lovely mares called Lily and Cassie, and we found it very hard to say goodbye to them at the end of our tour. The accommodation was in tipis, which were beautifully decorated, roomy, and in a very nice setting. The food was home cooked, all very tasty and plenty of it. From our breakfast spot in the morning, we could watch the horses coming in to start the day. All the rides were wonderful, with plenty of chances to trot and canter through the forest and beach. While riding along the beach we saw dolphins! For me, though, the best experience was the opportunity to try polocrosse.’
‘I booked the Margaret River Ride for my 50th birthday, and I’m so glad I did. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel so welcome. Fiona and Paul are fantastic hosts. Their crew are supportive and helpful. Lucy the cook is fabulous – you will never go hungry on this holiday! Generous portions and totally delicious. The bell tents with their double beds were beautiful. I woke to the sound of birds and opened my tent to see Rosie the kangaroo!
There was a huge range of horses to choose from and they were all so obviously well cared for. I rode Emily, a gentle, well mannered beauty. The trail rides were beautiful and very well run. I could not fault any part of my holiday, apart from having to go home! I will definitely be back!’
‘Everything was beyond my expectations and great value for money. It was instantly clear how much Paul, Fiona and their fabulous team love their horses, who were all beautiful to ride with natures to match. There was clearly a lot of thought put into pairing each rider with their horse and I couldn’t have asked for a better match! The property was beautiful and the whole team played a part in providing a five star experience. I loved each day, but the polocrosse and forest rides were highlights! I will definitely be back in the near future for another ride!’
‘Every day of this ride was different and special in its own way. The forest ride was mesmerisingly relaxing and totally immersive, and our beach run was very special. The polocrosse and novelty races were so much fun and truly brought out our competitive sides! I rode Stacey – a sensitive and responsive little mare who was just lovely. The accommodation was great and the meals were exceptional. Paula and Fiona are the most divine couple who offered authentic hospitality, wonderful company and were such sensational conversationalists. The other guides were great company on the rides and catered for the needs of the group well. They realised we liked a bit of adventure and accommodated! I would definitely recommend this holiday.’
‘We came because of our love for horses but we didn’t expect to fall in love with so much more. Paul and Fiona’s beautiful property, their warmth and hospitality, their amazing team of helpers and finally their beautiful horses. Our hearts are full and we’re already longing to return. Thank you, Paul and Fiona, for taking such great care of us. We will be back.’