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.
Price: $3,200 per person (twin share)
2018 Dates (Sunday to Saturday)
April 8th – 14th (fully booked)
April 22nd – 28th (fully booked)
June 17th – 23rd (fully booked)
July 15th – 21st (fully booked)
August 12th – 18th (fully booked)
September 9th – 15th (fully booked)
October 14th – 20th (fully booked)
2019 Dates (Sunday to Saturday)
May 12th – 18th
June 2nd – 8th
June 23rd – 29th
July 21st – 27th
August 18th – 24th
September 15th – 21st
October 13th – 19th
DAY ONE – SUNDAY
Accommodation – Edenview Equestrian Retreat
Upon your arrival you will be taken to 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 Edenview in Widgee where you will be staying the next two nights. Your hosts are Alex & Rebecca Watson with assistance from Gerard and Kath Lafferty who are keen horse people involved in the sport of campdrafting. Edenview is our Equestrian Country Escape offering accommodation in luxury safari tents with ensuites. Widgee is a rural village at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the mountain range running along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
Pre-dinner drinks will be served on the deck prior to dinner.
DAY TWO – MONDAY
Accommodation – Edenview Equestrian Retreat
The day begins with a full breakfast on the deck at Edenview. We will be riding out on the property to muster cattle and explore the trails. Today will also be an opportunity to learn a few campdrafting skills and advanced riding techniques if guests are interested.
Lunch on the deck at Edenview looking up at the peaks of Widgee Mountain.
Pre dinner drinks, followed by dinner on the deck.
DAY THREE – TUESDAY
Accommodation – Amamoor Lodge offers an authentic country bed and breakfast experience in the picturesque Mary Valley near Gympie.
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.
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
- 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.