7 Day Australia Bush & Beach Horse Riding Tour
This horse riding tour is designed for horse back riding enthusiasts who would love to discover Australia’s natural beauty in luxury.
Australian triple Olympian, Alex Watson and his wife, Rebecca, take riders on a seven-day tour along the Sunshine Coast and wonderfully pristine and varied hinterland trails.
Alex and Rebecca handpicked each destination on the tour to ensure riders experience the depth and beauty of the Sunshine Coast region, as well as spot wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and hundreds of native birdlife.
Suited to intermediate to experienced riders, guests will have the opportunity to walk, trot, and canter along beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, and bushland trails where they will also have the opportunity to muster cattle.
Riders will be matched to the perfect Australian Stock Horse for their level of experience. Stock horses are famous for their athletic ability and temperament.
We also cater for non-riding partners with a range of alternate activities. Contact us for more information, and continue reading for a full itinerary and activity list.
2017 Dates (Sunday to Saturday)
Price: $2,950 per person (twin share)
March 19th – 25th
May 21st – 27th
June 18th – 24th
July 16th – 22nd
August 13th – 19th
September 10th – 16th
October 15th – 21st
DAY ONE – SUNDAY
Accommodation – The Left Bank B & B is Kilkivan’s original’s bank which has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast.
Upon your arrival you will be taken to either Kilkivan or Verrierdale to be introduced to our wonderful Australian Stock Horses. This introduction will include a familiarisation session on basic horsemanship and caring for your horse. It will be followed by a short ‘getting to know you’ orientation ride, if time permits.
Arrive at The Left Bank in Kilkivan in the late afternoon where you will be staying for the next two nights. Kilkivan is the place where gold was first discovered in Queensland and led to a gold-rush in the area which finally centered itself around the historic town of Gympie (today the regional centre for the district). The Left Bank is an historic building being the former Union Bank in Kilkivan. Today it is a multi-award winning bed & breakfast and café/restaurant facility owned and operated by our charming hosts, Bruce and Rae Hurley.
Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the lounge prior to dinner.
DAY TWO – MONDAY
Accommodation – The Left Bank B & B
The day begins with a full breakfast at The Left Bank.
We start the ride over the Black Snake Range. Riders will climb the “Hanging Rock” trail, a historic stock route over the Black Snake Range. This is one of the trails used for the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride. The ride starts from the site of the old Kilkivan Township where gold was first discovered in Queensland. Spectacular mountain views are a feature of this ride before descending into Widgee Valley. The ride features a wide variety of forest and unique flora.
BBQ Lunch served by Bruce Hurley on the deck at our cattle property, Edenview.
Pre dinner drinks, followed by dinner.
DAY THREE – TUESDAY
Accommodation – Amamoor Lodge offers an authentic country bed and breakfast experience in the picturesque Mary Valley near Gympie.
A beautiful breakfast before we depart for Widgee where we will ride on our 640 acre cattle and horse property Edenview and muster cattle. A light lunch will be served on the deck.
After the riding we will depart for Amamoor Lodge in the heart of the Mary River Valley and be introduced to our hosts for the next two days, Malcolm and Christine. Amamoor Lodge is nestled on 50 picturesque acres with mountain views. The facilities include ensuite bedrooms opening onto wide verandas, lounge area with open fireplace and a large resort style swimming pool. Amamoor Lodge has a working Cobb & Co. coach. There are also resident wildlife – wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums and birdlife.
Guests enjoy pre-dinner nibbles around an outdoor fire followed by dinner.
DAY FOUR – WEDNESDAY
Accommodation – Amamoor Lodge
Breakfast on the verandah.
Saddle up for a ride through the Amamoor State Forest, full of Bunya Pines and amazing vistas including Skyring Lookout. You will truly enjoy the experience.
Picnic lunch at Amama Park followed by a ride back to Amamoor Lodge
DAY FIVE – THURSDAY
Accommodation – RACV Noosa Resort is a multi award-winning facility in Noosa that boasts facilities such as OneSpa, a tennis court and a large resort swimming pool with a sandy beach.
Breakfast. Have bags packed and ready to go. Depart for a ride on the Noosa Trail Network.
Lunch location dependent upon the trail that has been chosen for the day.
Depart for Noosa and check into your luxury accommodation for the next two nights.
Dinner at our resort or one of Noosa’s exclusive restaurants.
DAY SIX – FRIDAY
Accommodation – RACV Noosa Resort
Beautiful full buffet breakfast to start the day.
Depart for the ride at Noosa North Shore.
Mount up and ride along the spectacular Laguna Bay and Teewah Beach.
Return to Noosa for a light lunch.
Return to your luxury accommodation and spend the afternoon chilling out with optional massage, spa treatments or explore Noosa’s famous Hastings Street, beach or Noosa National Park.
Alex and Rebecca will arrive to settle any extra accounts (airport transfers and Equathon product purchases, if any) and then transport you to Rasa’s Restaurant on Gympie Terrace along the Noosa River precinct for a memorable dinner to complete a wonderful week of riding.
DAY SEVEN – SATURDAY
Depending on your flight departure times you may have time to fit in a visit to the famous Eumundi Markets or Australia Zoo.
Activities for Non-Riding Partners:
- Swimming and Surfing
- Fishing (including offshore fishing charters)
- Golf and tennis
- Sightseeing, Dining and Exploring Local Markets
- Spa Treatments
- There are also optional visits to Noosa’s Hastings Street, Eumundi Markets (every Wednesday and Saturday), Fraser Island (World Heritage listed world’s largest sand island), and Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin, television’s famed Crocodile Hunter.
- Six night/Seven day hotel/bed & breakfast accommodation
- Five days of guided trail riding
- All meals (excluding alcohol)
- Horse, saddlery, tack and safety helmets – choice of English saddles or Australian stock saddles (western style saddle)
- Lots of story-telling and mostly bad jokes
- Itinerary is subject to change in the event of track closures and weather related issues
- Single room supplement AU$350
- Alcohol is not included in price of tour, but can be purchased separately at the accommodation venues
- All prices are inclusive of GST
- Complimentary transfers to/from Sunshine Coast Airport on arrival day and departure day until 1:00pm. Brisbane International shuttle transfers start at $60 per person each way.