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The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kate Williams

‘This was a life changing experience for us and our two boys. I’ve travelled in Australia my whole life, and what a unique way to see the land and wildlife. We felt part of the country, respectful and leaving no trace. The horses were amazing – sturdy, reliable, and in great condition. Our accommodation was perfect and the meals were always great and hearty.
The highlight of the trip was swimming in a waterhole at dusk after eight hours of riding, and with another hour’s ride back to camp. We had to search out the waterhole, as the guides had never been there and there was every possibility it would be dry, as were the previous two we’d visited that day. It was exhausting, amazing and unforgettable.
Christian and Laura were special people, who made it a special experience. The boys loved helping Christian shoe the horses. On the last day, after turning in the horses, Christian and Laura went above and beyond, taking us to a thermal spring in Emma Gorge, bringing cheese, beer and wine.
Money well spent. It was truly unforgettable.’

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Bridget Schultz

‘I had the adventure of a lifetime on The Kimberley Ride. To be honest, the night before leaving home as I was busily packing, I was thinking ‘Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Is this ride going to be a bit much for me? Can I camp?’ How wrong I was – I loved every single second of this ride and was very sad when it was over. The horses, the people, the glamping, the entertainment, the way that Laura and Christian go way above and beyond to ensure you have the best time you can – it’s all phenomenal. My horse Doc was amazing and I was sad to say goodbye to him. I could not have been happier with all of the staff, they were fantastic – always had a smile on their face and felt like friends. If you’re hesitating, trust me and just book it, you won’t regret it!’

Rebecca Turnbull

‘I have been on both the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride and now The Kimberley Ride with Laura and Christian and could not recommend them enough – they look after your every need. The landscape is amazing and the horses are even better. I rode Doc, a lovely, kind, gentle boy, and I was very happy with him. We had beautiful accommodation at El Questro. The whole trip was great value for money. Our guides were great, especially Swampy and Ray, who sung a few tunes around the campfire. A highlight for me was Vinnie coming to camp and paying didgeridoo for us.’

The Kimberley Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Amanda Mitchell Owen

‘Ahhh Kimberley, you did NOT let me down! You’ve been a bucket list item for many years and all the hype in my mind didn’t even compare. Once again, Christian and Laura have created a well-run operation in one of the most beautiful places in Australia. You can tell they care for their horses and their guests and they go the extra mile to make sure we have the very best holiday possible. They have a great team supporting them, too, hard-working angels! The entertainment around the campfire each night was a great way to end each day before rolling into our swags to gaze up at the stunning canopy of stars and fall asleep to the sound of the horses. Experiences you won’t get elsewhere in this world, delicious food, beautiful scenery, responsive horses. Heaven! I made new friends, caught up with precious Globetrotting buddies, and have countless memories that I will treasure forever.
If you’re thinking about doing it – DO IT.’

The Kimberley Ride - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Sue Moses

‘This is rugged and remote country and I am so pleased I experienced it on horseback. I rode Rob Roy, who was very safe, sweet and reliable. I’m sure I am not the only person to have shed a little tear when it was time to say goodbye. There were so many surprises, both organised and natural, and I was delighted to see brolgas and red tailed black cockatoos. The horses and all the crew were beyond expectations. I could have stayed forever.’

The Kimberley Ride - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Robyn Okeefe

‘The Kimberley Ride was an experience of a lifetime. I could not fault the professionalism of Christian and Laura and their wonderful team. We were treated more like friends than clients. The horses were well trained, fit and blooming with health and energy even though our ride was the last of the season. The horse I rode was called Bugsy. She was perfect for me: well trained and surefooted, but always keen for a hoon! The daily rides were quite long, but interspersed with opportunities to learn about the history, flora and fauna of the area. On most days we were able to swim at lunch time or after the ride. Although the going was often rocky and rough, we had lots of opportunities to canter when it was safe to do so. The food and entertainment around the campfire were fantastic and sleeping under the stars in a swag was a highlight. I cannot recommend The Kimberley Ride more highly.’

Christine Coulton

‘The most fabulous experience! The country, the horses and the mix of people was perfect. The ride exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Laura and Christian, for one of the most special adventures of my life. I genuinely slept better in my swag/stretcher than I have anywhere else, ever… can I order one in queen size please?! THANK YOU.’

The Kimberley Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Chelsey Parish

‘This whole experience was perfect. My sister and I both absolutely loved this ride. From the incredible scenery to the tough little ponies, all in the company of great horsey people. The lovely big Quarter Horse Reilly carried me safely across El Questro Station and he was perfect for me. All the horses were strong, healthy, surefooted, well trained and well behaved. Sleeping under the stars in warm, comfy swags was a highlight. Also, the gluten free catering we received was exceptional. I highly recommend this ride!’

Jen Granger

‘Six days horse riding in the Kimberley. Wow, what a great adventure it was. Up to six hours’ riding each day through grass as high as the horse, along dusty red rocky roads in 35 degree heat, through scrub, across rivers and creek beds. We had surefooted, well trained and kind horses and amazing hosts, who were so well organised with a surprise around every corner. Beautiful swimming holes, sleeping under the super clear stars in a swag, amazing food, campfires, great stories and lots of laughs. This adventure challenged me every day and I also had lots of time to think about nothing, to just soak up the ride and enjoy our vast and incredible country, and the company of a great group of new friends.’

Debbie Squires

Thank you Laura and Christian for a fabulous, eye opening adventure. I loved every day of the ride and feel I have left a part of my heart in the Kimberley. Everything was carefully thought out – it was perfect. Sleeping under the stars was totally breathtaking and the meals were all 5 star restaurant quality. Again, thank you for the kind horses, wonderful food, many laughs, and for showing me that I am tougher than I thought.’

The Kimberley Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kelli Clark

‘Hot days and cool nights under a canopy of stars. Rugged country, spectacular scenery and some mesmerising hidden gems. The whole team was so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. They are a well-oiled machine and very knowledgeable about the area. The food was amazing and there was an abundance of it. My favourite experience was just being in that beautiful country. At times I just didn’t know where to look to take it all in. I loved going to Emma Gorge, and I was chuffed with the experience of cantering the length of the air strip heading into El Questro Station, just to be able to say that I did it! I rode a little paint mare called Tilly. She was a gem to ride and made me feel safe. I would have happily taken her home! This was an unforgettable riding holiday.’

Madeleine Haussegger

‘Sensational.
Extraordinary.
Awakening.
Centreing.
Astonishing.
Sublime.’

The Kimberley Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Cathy Jones

‘The Kimberley Ride was an amazing experience. Christian, Laura and the crew are so helpful and friendly. I would definitely ride with them again. Every aspect from the horses to the food, gear and bedding was spot on. I rode Bonnie, and we were a perfect match. She was very similar to my own horse. I loved Christian’s chicken and mushroom risotto, and Laura’s panna cotta. I thought someone was getting married when we rode in and saw the white tablecloth and white chairs set up at the campsite! I loved every minute of this ride.’

The Kimberley Ride, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Cushla Donnelly

‘The Kimberley Ride was really good value. I would definitely recommend it! I spent most of my time getting to know Rod and Gwen. Both were really knowledgeable, friendly, professional and helpful. They knew heaps about the areas we were riding in, and the bush tucker. Couldn’t fault them. Both Gwen and Rod clearly rode their horses with a view to looking after the rest of us – impressive! I rode a wonderful small mare called Millie. She had lovely manners and was beautiful to ride – we enjoyed some good canters. It was a great idea to stop at the quarry for a cold beer!’

The Kimberley Ride, Western Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Leah Cheetham

‘I thoroughly enjoyed The Kimberley Ride and the people who ran it. They really made the trip with their excellent service, banter and knowledge of the area and horses. It was a dream to ride in the outback and they certainly delivered with plenty of extras. A safe and fun trip able to be enjoyed by anyone who’s keen. I definitely recommend it!’

Monica Foster

‘Warm days. Rocky roads. Open flats. Beautiful horses. Amazing staff. Plenty of new friends. Amazing food. A few sneaky surprises. It’s impossible to sum up a trip like this. Hands down 15/10. Everything you could possibly want from an outback horse ride was right here. Take all my savings right now. I’d do this ride 100 times over! Not only are we lucky enough to experience the best that Australia has to offer, we get to do it from the back of a beautiful horse, with a group of like-minded people who just want to make the most of their experience. These are the holidays that you can go on over and over and they’ll never be the same again.’

Cynthia Maclaine

‘I have just returned from The Kimberley Ride and I’m missing it all so much. It was my sixth trip with Laura and Christian, and I keep coming back to them as they are consistently 100% fantastic. I rode Noss, who had the smoothest canter, and was bold yet quiet and well mannered. The scenery was beautiful and our guides so were knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and the history of the land. The food was first class and all dietary restrictions were catered for. I am a vegetarian and a fussy eater, and there was never a reason to be hungry!
Sleeping under the sky in swags on camp beds was so much fun. The shower always had hot water and was very flash for a bush shower. Most days we had safe, freshwater swimming holes to hang out in, too. We had a didgeridoo player join us one night, and a guitarist and singer another night. The last night at Emma Gorge staying in upmarket cabins with ensuites was luxury. Just do it!’

Lara Peake

‘The Kimberley Ride was top shelf – rather like the local Ord River Rum enjoyed at our last lunch together. Laura and Christian were delightful hosts and brilliantly supported by their horses and backup crew, who were all most kind and willing. We had the best hot showers I have ever had on a camp trip, although who needed them when we had freshwater springs to splash in in – hot and cold! The camp meals were amazing and there was always a great spread with a range of choices. My horse, Bugsy, was perfectly suited for this ride – surefooted, very responsive to weight and leg, never tired, and a light mouth; we rode with a loose rein most of the time. She was keen to take any challenge on and own it gracefully – a super mare. The ride over Saddleback was really interesting, and it was rather special being able to linger at Zebedee Springs after the other visitors to El Questro had to leave.’

Kathie Eastway

‘What an experience! Christian and Laura have put together an unforgettable ride through this spectacular and iconic Australian landscape. From swimming in pristine waterholes to camping under ancient boab trees, the ride was an amazing adventure. The horses were really well suited to every rider’s ability and I enjoyed all my time, both in the saddle and out of it.’

Sarah Leonard

‘The Kimberley Ride was surreal. I truly could not have asked for a better holiday. Everything was so carefully planned and well executed, making my experience smooth and enjoyable but still as authentic as it gets! Breathing in the clean, crisp air and sleeping under the stars every night while listening to the horses munch on hay was magical. The little mare I rode was a perfect match for me and she quickly became my partner. The land felt so ancient and untouched and I feel like the luckiest girl alive to have explored such an extraordinary place on a very special horse. As someone who just can’t get enough of being in the saddle, I was in absolute heaven!’

Leticia Brown

‘From the food to my swag to my horse, every bit of this experience was amazing. The whole trip was co-ordinated perfectly and the horses were absolutely amazing. Not only were they well behaved, they all had their unique personalities and gorgeous movement.’

Heath & Shannon Hartwell

‘Everything about this holiday was easy. So simple to book and once we arrived we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything ran smoothly and anything out of the norm was all part of the adventure. The team behind The Kimberley Ride were out of this world – lovely horse people and catered so well for us all. The best thing was having great horses and comfortable tack. We loved the horses we rode and the amount of hours in the saddle – it felt like we got to experience the real Kimberley, not just a blur as we would in a car. The food was out of this world and we all missed our swags when we arrived at El Questro for our last night. It was my first time on a Globetrotting ride and my husband’s first horse riding holiday, and we won’t be booking through anyone else from now on. Now to start ticking off the rest of our riding bucket list!’

Nena Hicks

‘This is a unique experience and excellent value for money. You will learn a lot about a special part of Australia and a lot about yourself.’

Lisa Hughes

‘Camping out under the stars, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, swimming in thermal springs and billabongs, great food, horses, hosts and company… 10/10.’

Millie Brown

“I can highly recommend this ride to anyone who loves horses, camping and the Australian outback.”

Lyndal Mellefont

‘If you’re a lurker on this website then now is the time to commit! I spent about a year prowling around on this site and finally pulled the trigger in June 2017. A year later and I have just done my first Globetrotting trip to the Kimberley and am seriously asking myself why I didn’t do this sooner. Perhaps like me you are a solo traveller who needs a long lead up before your first trip to get your confidence up? Trust me, it will be the best decision you ever make. Great riding, great people (both crew and guests), magnificent country and just the confidence boost you need. I’m already looking into booking my next trip. Will you join me?
Truly, Winston Churchill had it right: no hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.’

Rachel and Robert Bridger

“An amazing way to see an amazing place… it doesn’t get much more stunning than the Kimberley.”

Penny Wilson

“Stunning scenery, great camaraderie, AMAZING food, unforgettable sunsets and unique experiences.”

Sandy Marshall

“The ride itself, wow. Swimming in billabongs, hot streams, showering ‘out bush’ and sleeping under the stars were some experiences that won’t be repeated for a long time.”

Dana Quah-Smith

“The changing scenery, surefooted horses and friendly guides, as well as great camping spots and delicious food made for a fantastic first riding holiday!”

Lisa Harris

“Do not pass up the opportunity if it presents itself – you won’t be disappointed!”

Jo Booth

“The food was exceptional, the staff funny and knowledgeable and my swag the warm retreat at the end of the day.”

Pam & Max Goldsmith

“A great ride with a great team and fine horses, we did not want it to end!”

Sophie Peterson

“Loved my horse, Captain. Very well-trained and super responsive.”

Jennifer and Mark Joiner

“Catering by Lou was exceptional. Great food, lots of choice for picky eaters and beautifully presented.”

Angie Burgess

“I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience.”

Samantha Philp

“Shazam (my horse) was fabulous. It was really kind of Laura to partner my friend Sophie and I with horses that got along well.”

Claire Brown

“To be able to have had the privilege of seeing this spectacular country on horseback is a dream come true.”

Vanessa Sykes

“The staff go above and beyond to deliver an experience that you will never forget.”

Neatie Malcolm

“All the horses were well educated and so surefooted and willing over such rough country, I was amazed.”

Marilyn Hayes

“This whole experience was truly amazing and if it weren’t for all the other tempting rides left to do, I’d want to do this one again.”

Kim Hildebrand

“This was the best guided ride I’ve been on – so much so that I’ve already booked in for the Craig’s Hut ride with Christian and Laura next January in Victoria.”

Jane Pink

“This was definitely worth the money for the location and what was offered to you, great value-for-money.”

Shenae Tilbee

“This experience exceeded all of my expectations!! The hospitality from Christian and Laura and their guides made you feel like part of the family!”

Robyn Strang

“It was sensational! I look forward to galloping off into the sunset on another Globetrotting ride!”

Suzy Werry

“I was extremely impressed with the food, was absolutely awesome, very tasty and fit for any good restaurant.”

Helene Manger

“It was like travelling in a magic bubble, everything just flowed.”

Diane Jeffries

“Christian and Laura are a sensational team. They had our best interests at heart the whole time and did everything in their power to ensure our experience was fun, full and interesting.”

Sandy Hamilton

“There’s no better way to experience the real Kimberley outback than on the back of one of these purpose-bred hardy horses and under the guidance of people who live and breathe this part of our incredible country.”

Wendy Macken

“A fabulous way to see the heart and soul of the Kimberley. The hosts were fabulous and all the staff so helpful. I loved this trip and will never forget it.”

Deanne Terry

“Loved it and can’t wait to do another one.”

Gail Swadling

“The whole team was fantastic. Absolutely amazing.”

Glenda Johnston

“This is a great ride in a special part of remote Australia that not many people get to see.”

Jill Severn

“Sally was amazing!!! Christian and Laura were so friendly and knowledgeable too.”

Elaine Barbeler

This was an amazing ride in the Kimberley East region of WA, challenging but safe for those seeking an outback adventure.”

Jon Simmons

Very well organised, with accommodating and knowledgeable staff always willing to help.”

Siuyi Chia

“I think I left a piece of myself back in the Kimberley! This has been an experience of a lifetime.”

 

Michelle Gyde

“Well organised, well set up and the food was fantastic! Every day was something different, a real adventure.”

 

Jane Scarborough

“Adventure, dust, amazing horses, cantering through creeks and chilling in my own oasis… a must do!”

 

 

Robyn Woodbridge

“Big tick to level of service, knowledge of the environment and hospitality.”

Clinton Alcock

“A once in a lifetime experience. Great food. Guides were awesome.”

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Shubho Sengupta

‘It was a really fun trip. Christian and Laura and everybody in the team were nothing short of amazing!’

Kyle Wightman

“Christian and Laura Hayes run a superb riding experience over five days and nights in the Kimberley, one of the remotest, most rugged and harsh but beautiful parts of Australia. Christian is a superb and hard working horseman, chef, farrier, organiser and host. We had a wonderful riding and accommodation experience with Christian and Laura, and their friendly and competent team. The horses are also excellent. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to ride the excellent Rob Roy for the duration. He was forward moving and a great experience to ride.’

Karen Roberts

“This ride was a fantastic way to see country very few others get to see, with rugged landscapes, great food, comfy beds under the stars, tough and willing horses and great entertainment.”

Roger Goosey

“I went with my daughter and everybody said I was too old at 72 but I handled it really well. So don’t ever think you are too old if you would like to go!”