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6 Days Camp-out and Horseback Riding Holiday in Yalgoo, Western Australia

Gabyon Station, 1 Gabyon-Tardie Road, Yalgoo, WA, 6635, Australia

Beautiful Horse Riding Holiday in Australia

Looking for an excuse to get away and enjoy some clean countryside air? Just a two-hour drive from Geraldton, Gabyon Station offer you the unique opportunity to experience a working 670,000-acre sheep station on horseback. Whether you are looking for slow-paced, relaxing rides through the diverse landscape or something a little more adventurous, Gabyon Station trail rides will not disappoint.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Tack type: Australian stock and Western tack
  • Horse height range: 14 hh - 16.2 hh
  • Horse breed: Australian stock horses, quarter horses, Walers

Meet the instructors

Gemma
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Highlights

  • 5 days of riding
  • Ride to Courin Hill and through Chain Pump paddock
  • Ride through scenic breakaway countryside which then turns into mulga shrublands
  • Ride through open saltbush flats and along beautiful Casurina Creek
  • Ride through rocky outcrops and following the Wattamulga Creek
  • Horses and tack included in the price
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Geraldton Airport (US$75 per person)
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Accommodation

You will spend one night in the shearers quarters at Gabyon Station and four nights camping out. The shearers quarters were used as accommodation for the shearers, back when Gabyon was running thousands of merinos.

With those days past, they renovated the quarters into cozy little guest rooms that allow them to host more visitors at their station. There are seven rooms in the shearers quarters, with a single and double bed in each room, except for one room which has three single beds.

The only power available for camping, the shearers quarters, and the camp kitchen comes from a generator that is only run at night. They are more than happy for you to bring your own generator, if needed.

Camp kitchen

Enjoy their camp kitchen while you are camping out in the bush, in the house yard, or sleeping in the shearers quarters. This kitchen has all that you need and more. You can use it whenever you like, especially if you feel the urge to bake something tasty - go on, the use is included in the price.

In the kitchen, you'll find:

  • Cutlery / Cooking utensils
  • Dish-washing sink
  • Gas stove
  • Glasses / cups
  • Kettles
  • Pans
  • Pots
  • Plates
  • Station toaster
  • Wooden stove

Amenities

Toilets and showers are close to the shearers quarters. Hot water comes from a station donkey, but it is bore water which is not drinkable. However, there is a rain water tank for drinking water, so they've got you covered.

Program

Day 1

Arrive at Gabyon around 1:00 p.m. Settle into one of the rustic shearers quarters where you will spend the first night. Once everyone has arrived and all are settled with rooms, you will be introduced to your horses. This will give Gabyon Farm Stay a chance to make sure all horses and riders are happy and to have a short ride to get to know each other.

Day 2

Have breakfast, pack your bags, and you are off to Courin Hill for lunch and to climb the rock, if you are up for it. Courin Hill is one of the landmarks that stands out on Gabyon in such a flat landscape. This is also where you will have lunch.

After lunch, you will head off towards an old historic set of brush sheep yards. You then ride through a paddock called Chain Pump, towards a beautiful breakaway outcrop where you will set up camp for the night.

  • Distance: 24 kilometers

Day 3

Have breakfast, then pack up the camp. Then, you will ride through some more scenic breakaway country which then turns into mulga shrublands. You will pass a large clay pan which can support a variety of birds when weather permits it. Here, you will stop for lunch and water the horses.

Then, following a river bed, you come to Gravity Mill. From here, you cross the state vermin proof fence and head to Warbadoo Hill where you will camp for the night. This is an easy hill to climb and will offer great sunset photo opportunities.

  • Distance: 27 kilometers

Day 4

Pack up the camp, then start off riding through some open saltbush flats and along the Casurina Creek. You will carry lunch with you, so you will stop wherever you choose. You then continue up into some more beautiful breakaway country and another night under the stars.

  • Distance: 22 kilometers

Day 5

Today, you will be riding through some rocky outcrops and following the Wattamulga Creek. If the weather has been kind, this is where the wildflowers bloom.

  • Distance: 28 kilometers

Day 6

Your final day will be a full-day ride back to the homestead. Hopefully, with great wildflowers on display, it will be an enjoyable ride home. With a late arrival expected, all riders are welcome to spend the night, and an evening meal will be provided.

  • Distance: 32 kilometers

Note: If you come as a group, please be aware that the ride pace will be set by the most inexperienced rider. Gabyon Farm Stay will not put you in any situation that you are not comfortable with, however, you may be riding at a slower pace than you may wish, if your friends are not the same level as you.

If this is the case, please discuss any concerns with Gabyon Farm Stay prior to arrival. A maximum of three beginners are accepted per ride.

Instructors

Gemma Cripps

Location

Gabyon is a forty minutes drive from the historic mining town of Yalgoo and a two-hour drive from Geraldton.

Distances

  • Yalgoo - 40 minutes
  • Geraldton - 2 hours

Food

During your stay, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Gabyon has a broad range of activities for everyone to complete the outback experience, like motorbike riding, prospecting, sightseeing, and wildflowers observing.

What's included

  • 5 days of riding
  • Horses and tack
  • Swags and tents
  • Meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (75 USD per way)
  • Alcohol

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Geraldton Airport (GET). Transfers from and to this airport are available at the additional price of 75 USD per way.

Airport: Geraldton Airport Airport transfer available: Geraldton Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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