The SPECIAL EDITION Kimberley Ride, Australia

4 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $4,500 AUD

This ultimate five day, four night Kimberley retreat celebrates this transfixing ancient landscape in white-gloved luxury.

This SPECIAL EDITION Kimberley Ride – featuring El Questro Homestead – celebrates this transfixing ancient landscape in white-gloved luxury. For those Globetrotters who want to treat themselves, celebrate a special occasion or simply spend their tax return, THIS, my friends, is your ride. It’s the ultimate blend of glamour camping, where you sleep under the Milky Way for two nights, and then just before the dirt starts gathering beneath your fingernails, you move into El Questro Homestead for the final two nights. The prestigious, celebrity-worthy accommodation at El Questro Homestead has a long list of famed peeps in its visitors book. No surprises here when you clap eyes on the jaw-dropping location {clinging to a gorge}! You’ll be taking selfies and posting on IG quick-smart. The rooms are swoon-worthy and the regional food, complimentary bar tab and private activities at your fingertips will surpass all expectations.

Your guides, Laura and Christian Hayes, have jam-packed this five day itinerary with the very BEST on and off the horse Kimberley experiences that you could ever dream of. At the end of this ride, as you tip your hat to the Kimberley, you’ll feel deeply satisfied that you’ve gotten to know this national treasure from the privileged vantage point of a station stock horse. With her kaleidoscope of colours and her beguiling contrasts from vast, Boab spotted plains to lush, pandanus oases, she’s a jigsaw of rugged beauty and dreamtime allure.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Station-bred Stock Horses, Quarter Horses and Clydie-crosses.
  • Pace:Variable depending on the day and terrain. Guests will have the opportunity to trot and canter.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs *please contact us if you're above this weight for a further assessment.
  • Type of tack:Australian made swinging fender stock saddles.
  • Seasons:August.
  • Group size:A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 3 to 6 hours a day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for beginner to experienced riders. Please note, you will need a certain level of fitness to be able to cope with the heat and enjoy the ride. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Bush glamping at Nag Hole on nights 1 and 2. Your glamping tents will be beautifully appointed with mattresses including all bedding, bedside tables, and hurricane lamps. You’ll also be able to swim in the river whenever you feel the urge to cool down.
    On nights 3 and 4 you’ll enjoy luxury accommodation in private rooms at El Questro Homestead. You’ll have an en suite bathroom and private deck, and be able to make the most of El Questro’s infamous hospitality with tailored off-the-horse tours, gourmet cuisine at each meal, thermal springs, a tennis court and a swimming pool.
  • Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights (4 riding days).
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals, riding, accommodation, transfers to/from accommodation in Kununurra & alcohol while staying at El Questro Homestead.

  • Exclusions:

    The price excludes flights, travel insurance, alcohol while glamping, and accommodation in Kununurra.


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Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change, due to weather and other influencing factors. We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the country that our Globetrotters will be passing through – the Woolah (Doon Doon) people and the Ngarinyin people of Wilinggin country.

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  • Day 1

    You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Kununurra at 7.30am where you’ll head out for the Gibb River Road. Please make sure you have had a bite to eat and are dressed for riding. You will meet the crew and horses at the El Questro Station entrance sign – now’s your chance to get the obligatory photo in front of the sign! You’ll then begin your ride through the Kimberley hills into the heart of El Questro Station.

    Your ride will take you over Saddleback Mountain which presents you with 360 degree views of the mighty Kimberley ranges, before you’ll come to a stop for lunch in the shade at Grave Tree campsite {pictured above} where you’ll be able to cool off with a refreshing swim. You’ll then continue to meander along Spear Gate Valley before arriving at your campsite at Nag Hole, which is set on the banks of Moonshine Creek. After arriving at camp and getting the horses settled for the night, you’ll be able to take advantage of the beautiful swimming hole. Then you’ll sit back with a drink in hand around the campfire and watch the sunset while the scent of camp cooking wafts tantalisingly through the air.

    (Approx 5-6 hours riding)

  • Day 2

    After waking to a delicious cooked breakfast, you’ll ride out from Nag Hole in the direction of Zebedee Hot Springs via the stunning Moonshine Gorge. You’ll stop for lunch amongst the shaded trees and pandanas before enjoying a secluded dip in the hot thermal pools, a stunning oasis in the midst of such a dry landscape. After your refreshing cool off, you’ll mount back up and return to Nag Hole for another beautiful Kimberley sunset, a dip in the swimming hole and campfire yarns before retiring to your comfortable glamping tent.

    (Approx 3-4 hours riding)

  • Day 3

    This morning, after another satisfying cooked breakfast, you’ll saddle up and meander along the Pentecost River in the direction of the Chamberlain River. You’ll ride amongst the unique plant life of the Kimberley, including spinifex, boab trees and native bush tucker, which Christian and Laura will point out as you ride. Lunch will be enjoyed at an intimate private campsite, before you ride into the jaw-droppingly stunning El Questro Homestead in the early afternoon.

    This homestead is a pocket of luxurious exclusivity, nestled within the Kimberley’s vast and ancient landscape. Hidden amongst burnt-orange cliffs and lush green lawns, for the next two nights you’ll be staying in one of their unique hideaway suites, all of which are chic yet cosy, with floor-to-ceiling windows so the outside is brought inside the air-conditioned space. You’ll have a chance to relax and freshen up, before enjoying drinks near the pool as the sun sinks below the horizon. Tonight you’ll dine under the stars with your hosts and fellow guests, savouring the delights of El Questro’s modern Australian cuisine. Loosen your belt buckles Globetrotters, because this three-course meal is one that will be remembered for years to come. Oh and did we mention that all your fine dining needs are included in the package price? Cocktail hour – yes please!

    (Approx 3-4 hours riding)

  • Day 4

    Today you have a full morning to discover the endless delights of El Questro Station in whatever manner you please! Take it easy and enjoy the Homestead’s lush green gardens with their sweeping views across the river, maybe play a game of tennis or wallow in the pool between gourmet meals and aperitifs. OR head out in a 4×4 vehicle, boat or even a helicopter to see the spectacular 700,000 acre station from a new perspective! (Helicopter flights incur an additional expense of approx $250 per person for a 20 minute scenic flight). Your hosts and the staff at El Questro are at your beck and call, ready to give you a tailored Kimberley experience out-of-the-saddle!

    In the afternoon, you’ll saddle up for one last ride, heading out to a private lookout for a true blue Kimberley sundowner with drinks and nibblies where you’ll be able to share tales of your unforgettable day.

    (Approx 3 hours riding)

  • Day 5

    Boo, your last day has arrived. Get ready to make the most of it, Globetrotters because you’re going out with a bang! You’ll spend the morning cruising the Chamberlain River – keep a keen eye out for some crocs enjoying the warmth of the sun. And finally, after an early lunch, you’ll head back into Kununurra.

    But wait…there’s more! You’ll stop off at Kimberley Fine Diamonds, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of the world’s rarest diamonds, including the stunning Argyle Pink Diamond. In a fitting finale to cap off your wondrous week, you’ll enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne as you’re given a tour of the collection of exquisite pinks and their array of other natural coloured diamonds unearthed in WA’s far north east. You never know, you might even decide to purchase a piece of exquisite handcrafted jewellery as a treasured keepsake from your trip!

    You’ll then bid a sad farewell to your riding companions and hosts as you are transferred back to Kununurra. Departing flights can be booked anytime after 3pm.

  • Transfer Information

    You will need to fly into Kununurra the day before your ride begins (accommodation at your own expense), so you’re ready for a pick up from your accommodation on day 1 of your ride. On the final day, please book return flights after 3pm.

  • El Questro Homestead

    On the 3rd and 4th nights of The Kimberley Experience, you’ll enjoy luxury accommodation at El Questro Homestead. Your bespoke room is complete with an en suite bathroom, self-serve bar and private deck, and there are three room types to select from: Gorge View, Garden View and Cliffside Retreat. Once settled in, you’ll be able to make the most of El Questro’s infamous hospitality with tailored off-the-horse tours, gourmet cuisine, thermal springs, a tennis court, a swimming pool and much more.

    GARDEN VIEW – (3 rooms available)

    To stay in a Garden View room is to experience all that El Questro Homestead has to offer. Everything about these rooms has been designed with guests’ comfort and relaxation in mind. The private verandah overlooks the property’s manicured lawns and gardens, where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day’s explorations while watching the local wallabies hopping across the grounds. These rooms are also ideal for bird watchers, as the garden is home to many native bird species.

    GORGE VIEW – (1 room available)

    As the name suggests, the Gorge View room is perched above the stunning Chamberlain Gorge, offering guests breathtaking views of the gorge itself as well as the far-reaching beauty of El Questro Station. The room is spacious, modern and comfortable, with floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring you’re constantly surrounded by the spectacular Kimberley landscape. The indoor/outdoor stone bathtub is cantilevered over the gorge, providing the perfect vantage point over the water 20 metres below.

    CLIFFSIDE RETREAT – (3 rooms available)

    The Homestead’s newest additions, the three Cliffside Retreats, are situated at the edge of a sheer escarpment, giving guests uninterrupted views of the wilderness of the Kimberley and the Chamberlain River far below. This spectacular vista can be enjoyed at every turn thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows. Secluded by high stone garden walls, you can unwind in complete privacy as you enjoy the outdoor shower or the free-standing outdoor bath, from which you can watch the sunset on another perfect Kimberley day.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Special Edition Kimberley Ride

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Claudia Harley

‘This is a ride where you want for nothing. It’s special, gorgeous and a bit luxe. The horses are smart, kind and trustworthy. The guides are charismatic, knowledgeable and a bunch of fun. The scenery has you in awe, the yarns have you in disbelief and the mouth-watering food has you full. I rode two horses: Trixie and Blue. They were wonderful and I had full faith in them both, no matter the speed or terrain. The Homestead is lovely and I would definitely recommend booking a cliffside retreat room if funds allow. The view is amazing and having your morning cuppa as the sun rises over the landscape is pretty special.’

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Jacqui Zorzi

‘I thought this ride might be out of my comfort zone, but it turned out to be absolutely AMAZING! I loved every minute of it. The trusty, sturdy horses were so well behaved, and so surefooted riding over stony ground and through creeks. Christian and Laura looked after us so well and their team of Gwen, Mat and John were all excellent. Every day was jam packed with new adventures, from riding up and down rocky mountains to cooling off in a crystal clear waterhole – and the thermal springs! What a surprise that was! Riding into El Questro Homestead is really something else. The whole trip is a once in a lifetime experience, one to remember always. I loved, loved, loved it. Highly recommend!’

The Special Edition Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Karen Ethelston

‘A truly magical, once in a lifetime experience. Magnificent scenery, a varied and unique itinerary, great hosts and staff, and fabulous food. The caramel tarts at camp were especially heavenly! All the guides were very friendly and helpful, knew the territory extremely well and looked after everyone along the way. The horses were lovely – I rode Bugsy, a sweet little mare who was forward-going, surefooted and responsive. Wading through deep water was lovely, and swimming in the thermal springs at Zebedee was amazing. And of course, staying at the homestead was magnificent! I would love to return one day!’