With so many beautiful beaches, forests, and fields located throughout Australia, there’s no better way to explore the vast wildlife than by horseback.
Whether you’re looking for a fun family experience, just getting started with horse-back riding, or you’re an experienced rider searching to improve your skills, these 10 horseback riding adventures will be the MANE event of your trip.
Equathon features various horseback riding experiences for people of all skill levels! The venue offers one hour private beach tours, tailored for families and less experienced riders. It also offers a two-hour guided bush and beach ride, suited to those who have more horseback riding experience. Those looking for more can even do an overnight package, including a private tour, complimentary breakfast, overnight accommodation at RACV Resort Noosa, and more. Enjoy beautiful views of the Noosa North Shore atop a horse specially picked out for you!
Chapman Valley Horse Riding
A family-owned farm around for over 179 years, the quaint and pristine Chapman Valley Horse Riding prides itself on its picturesque location and well-behaved horses. Those seeking this experience have a wide variety of packages to choose from, including horse camps, hikes, and even rides and picnics. A horseback ride in the Hunter Valley, located only two hours from Sydney, provides a great opportunity to see the sights of the true Australian bush.
Jester’s Flat is an equestrian farm and vineyard located in the region of Rosa Brook, just 18km east of Margaret River. They have a wide range of beautiful horses to take you on a guided tour of the area. Jester’s Flat offers introductory rides for those less experienced, or longer and more strenuous tours for those who are avid equestrians. See views of the Margaret River countryside, ride along the coast of Forest Bay, and even enjoy a weekend horse riding trip in the Rosa Brook countryside.
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides
Featuring pristine sands and crystal clear water, Rainbow Beach is the ideal destination for a horse ride on the beach. Their horse rides cater to a variety of different needs, offering a full moon beach ride, daytime beach ride, personalised beach ride, swimming ride, and many more. Less experienced riders can enjoy a calm, easy ride on one of Rainbow Beach Horse Rides’ well-mannered horses. Experienced riders can even ride into the surf instead of merely along it!
Zephyr Horses is a coastal horse ranch along the coast of Byron Bay in New South Wales. Dedicated to delivering adventure packed experiences, Zephyr Horses offers personalised tours with special and unique views. Ride along the subtropical woodlands, or take an afternoon ride directly in the bay. In addition to the guided tours, they also offer mounted archery and trick riding clinics, horseback pub tours, mustering camps, and much more.
Cape Tribulation Horse Rides
Travel like a real explorer through Australia with a guided horse riding tour in Cape Tribulation. Discover the local wildlife and environment as you take a stroll through the Daintree Rainforest on horseback on your way to Myall Beach. The beach offers stunning views of the coastline as well as a scenic look at the Great Barrier Reef. You will also be given the opportunity to walk your horse into the shallow area of the ocean. No previous riding experience is necessary, so bring the family for a day of adventure and fun.
Bogong Horseback Adventures
Located in the mountain valleys of North East Victoria, Bogong Horseback Adventures offers safe and fun horseback rides for all ages and levels of experience. Enjoy a 2 hour morning, afternoon or evening ride, with views of lush landscapes and vibrant Australian wildlife. If you’re looking for more adventure, Bogong Horse Adventures offers overnight horse tours, featuring campfires, local food and wine, and views of the beautiful Alpine National Park.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
One of Sydney’s premier horse riding experiences, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is home to many different horseback riding and outdoor experiences. The rides come in either 2, 4 or 6 hour tours, each offering stunning views of the rainforest and a dip in the rock pools of Glenworth Valley. Beginners are assisted by an experienced guide, while more advanced riders can enjoy free range riding throughout the bushlands. Glenworth Valley also offers kayaking, abseiling, axe throwing, and many other adventure sports to try out after your horseback trek.
Katherine Outback Experience
Experience views of the Outback atop a stunning horse with Katherine Outback Experience. Horse trainer and rider Tom Curtain has over 30 years of experience in this discipline and makes sure you feel confident and safe atop one of his horses. Each ride is matched to the rider’s experience level, and those with more experience can work one-on-one with specific goals. Regardless of your training, you’ll leave the Katherine Outback Experience feeling like a professional.
Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventure
Located in the heart of Hunter Valley and wine country, Hunter Valley Horse Riding offers unique horseback riding experiences for people of all ages. Experience the beautiful Molly Morgan Range and views of the vineyard during an afternoon or sunset ride. Hunter Valley also offers camping and overnight stays, so you can enjoy a weekend of fun with horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife tours, and so much more!
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