Sunshine Coast, Queensland riding holiday in Australia - Far and Ride
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Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


• Bush & Beach Trails

• Luxury Riding Escape



~ Even though I had studied the ride itinerary carefully, I don’t think I realized how varied the riding was going to be, or the accommodation. Especially for UK riders used to roads and bridle paths, this is a hugely exciting thing! And you get to see the side of Australia you would never normally see as a tourist. ~ Horses really are top quality. Again, I think you could emphasize your strengths more here! Moose was perfect for the nervous rider – not a plod but obedient and steady. For stronger riders the stock horses are a fabulous experience (me next time!!!) Most trekking/trail rides at home /Europe don’t offer anywhere near this standard of mount, or variety.

Ros R
I had an absolutely wonderful time and would love to go back someday. Both Alex and Rebecca are lovely people and I had some expert tuition off Alex, which was much appreciated and I would love to have daily lessons off him, if I could move out there I would! The horses were magnificent and the rides were breathtaking. The beach was incredible and so relaxing. The accommodation and the hosts of the B&B's were superb, very friendly and the food was gorgeous. My only real niggle is it was just not long enough. You were right, I have fallen in love with the place. Thanks for everything!

Carole S


Type of horses:

Australian Stock Horses plus selected breeds

Nature of horses:

Well trained and responsive, famous for their ability and temperament

Height of horses:

15-16 hh

Weight limit:

220lbs. Higher weight limit upon request.

Tack type:

Australian stock saddles or English saddle upon request




Ride Description

Your host, triple Olympian, Alex Watson, personally sought out the best horses and trails to develop this destination ride along Queensland's Sunshine Coast and pristine hinterland. Alex competed at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic games and with this impressive background he then turned his attention to organising these fabulous horse riding holidays around Noosa.

Noosa is regarded as Australia's leading regional tourist destination combining relaxed coastal living, pristine surfing beaches and a wonderful biodiversity of regional experiences from open countryside to lush rainforests.

The horses, accommodation, scenery and fun loving guides combine to make this trip beyond expectations...a 'rip snorter' in Aussie lingo. You will canter along the beach, ride through tropical rainforest trails and ride into the wonderful Australian bush to muster cattle. You will be amazed at the scenery and wildlife - kangaroos, koalas and hundreds of native Australian birds. You will fall in love with the Australian Stock horses, famous for their ability and temperament as you experience this horseback riding adventure.

The diversity of experiences in one region from the beach to the Noosa Trails and on to historic townships such as Kenilworth and Kilkivan is remarkable. The varied scenery through state forests, rainforests, across beaches and open ranges is impressive. The hospitality and accommodation with your hosts serving a delicious array of meals and good conversation makes this a memorable Australian experience that you cannot fail to enjoy. Truly 5 star riding.

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Food & Accommodation

The first lodge is nestled on fifty acres in the Mary Valley, an easy 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane and only 40 minutes from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. The Lodge is the ideal rural accommodation - a retreat for total relaxation. The historic gold mining town of Gympie is just a 15 minute scenic drive away. The Lodge boasts a unique abundance of Australian wildlife including wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums and many varieties of beautiful native bird life. The facilities include Queen-size bedrooms opening onto wide verandas, lounge area with open fireplace and a large non chemical lagoon pool and an outdoor spa.

The second accommodation is in a Queensland small country town where it is easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. It is where gold was first discovered in Queensland and led to the gold rush. It is a historic building being the former Union Bank and is a multi-award winning bed and breakfast. Polished floors and high ceilings are part of the building's charm.

The third accommodation can vary but will be in the heart of the Noosa Trail Network and will be very comfortable accommodation all with swimming pools and pampering facilities.

Breakfasts are served at your accommodation each of which is chosen carefully. Lunches may be served in a cafe, pub or alfresco and will be light/BBQ. At your accommodation pre-dinner drinks will be served prior to a delicious dinner chosen from a menu and served in exclusive and in some cases, award winning restaurants.



Massages and spa treatments are available in some resorts. Explore the National Parks, the beach or Noosa's famous Hastings Street iconic shopping centre. Surfing, fishing, golf, sightseeing, dining and exploring local markets are all available for non-riders. There are optional visits to Edmundi markets (wed and sat), Fraser Island, and Australia Zoo founded by the late Steve Irwin, famed Crocodile Hunter.


Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: Longer tours may not be suitable for young riders. Please get in touch.

Tuition: Tuition can be arranged. There is an assessment/horse matching day on the first day, there will be a chance to change tack, or your horse, before the trail starts.

Included: Accommodation, meals and riding (as per itinerary).

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers (dependant on where you fly in to), gratuities and extras not mentioned.


Travel Information

Transfer time from Sunshine Coast, Noosa is the closest airport at just 15mins journey time from the lodge. Set time group collection from this airport is included in the cost of your holiday. All guests should arrive by 12pm in order to take advantage of this service.

From Brisbane airport it is a 1.5hr drive to the lodge. Transfers are available from here at an additional cost and all guests should aim to arrive by 10am. Private transfers can be organised for guests arriving outside of these set times (additional cost will need to be paid).

Airport: Sunshine Coast

Alternative Airport: Brisbane



Bush & Beach Trails

This 7 days/6 nights riding holiday offers a unique blend of experiences only available in the sub-tropical climate and topography of South-East Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is possible to ride across a 70 kilometre long pristine beach, along rainforest trails and over green rolling farmland on Australian Stock horses, famous for their ability and temperament. 

Day 1: 

On arrival you will be transferred to a beautiful lodge in the heart of the Mary River Valley and introduced to your hosts for the next two days. The Lodge is nestled on 50 picturesque acres with mountain views. The facilities include queen-size bedrooms opening onto wide verandas, a lounge area with open fireplace and a large resort style swimming pool. The lodge has a working Cobb & Co. Coach, sulky and carriage and resident harness horses driven by your host John. There is also an abundance of resident wildlife - wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums and a great variety of bird-life. Lunch (depending on your arrival time) includes a ride itinerary orientation after which, you will be introduced to the wonderful Australian Stock horses. This introduction includes a short familiarisation session on basic horsemanship and caring for your horse (of course many guests may not need this session!). Pre-dinner drinks will be enjoyed in the lounge before dinner is served in the beautifully appointed dining room or, weather permitting, alfresco.

Day 2: 

After a delicious breakfast at around 7.30 am, you will prepare the horses for departure. Today you will ride through beautiful state forest and rainforest country west of Kenilworth. The ride duration will be 3.5 to 4 hrs. Lunch will either be eaten at the lodge or a Cafe in Kenilworth. After this you will assemble for travel to towns high on the Blackall Range.  Early evening you will return to your Lodge to prepare for pre-dinner drinks and your evening meal.

Day 3: 

After breakfast you depart for your next two nights in the place where gold was first discovered in Queensland, leading to a gold-rush in the area which finally centred itself around the historic town of Gympie. Your accommodation is a historic building in Kilkivan being the former Union Bank and today it is an award-winning bed and breakfast with cafe/restaurant facilities operated by charming hosts. After being shown to your room you can enjoy a delicious traditional morning tea then start the Wongella Trail ride, part of the trails which make up the annual Great Kilkivan Horse Ride. During this ride you will pass through a variety of open range country and what the locals call the Valley of the Grasstrees. The ride duration will be approx 4 hrs. This is followed by a sit-down BBQ lunch, usually served by Bruce at the Mudlo National Park entrance, which may include being entertained by a local historian and bush poet. Transport is then provided back to your accommodation with time to relax or explore the town followed by dinner. The town may be seem quiet but there is much to do and see.

Day 4: 

Following breakfast, you depart for an Australian Stock Horse stud of over 10,000 acres and nearly 200 horses plus quite a few cattle. You then mount up and ride through the property looking for herds of cattle or horses to be mustered - this is a fantastic experience and you will appreciate your stock horse at this time. After lunch you depart for a visit to an equestrian store and if time permits, a visit to a local saddler and a pub. You are then able to enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the balcony before your evening meal.

Day 5: 

After breakfast, depart for Kin Kin in the heart of the Noosa Trail Network for the next part of your journey - this will take an hour and a half.  You will prepare your horse and mount up to ride the Noosa Trail Network, usually starting with Trail no 1 - the Kin Kin Countryside Loop complete with ocean and hinterland views, a ride which takes 3.5 hours. Then after a light lunch and welcome drink at the Kin Kin pub you depart for Noosa and check into your luxury accommodation for the next two nights. Accommodation will either be at the Noosa Springs Resort and Spa, the Noosa Blue or the Montepellier apartments, all of which have a swimming pool and pampering facilities. Dinner is either at the resort or in one of Noosa's exclusive restaurants.

Day 6: 

Breakfast is followed by departure for Noosa North Shore. The horses are prepared and then you commence a ride through the bush to the spectacular Laguna Bay and Teewah Beach for a memorable trip along the pristine Noosa North Shore. Return to Noosa for a light lunch then return to your luxury accommodation and spend the afternoon chilling out with massage, spa treatments or explore Noosa's famous Hastings Street, beach or National Parks.

The day will end with your host transferring you to Rasa's restaurant along the Noosa river precinct for a memorable dinner to complement a wonderful week of riding.

Day 7: 

After breakfast and depending upon your flight departure, you may have time to fit in a visit to the Eumundi Markets or the Aussie Zoo. A sad farewell after a fabulous trip.

Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate and above. Guests should be competent at walk, trot and canter out in the open.
Type of ride: Slow at times, moderate to fast at other times.
Total riding time: 2 - 5 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 19-25 March, 21-27 May, 18-24 June, 16-22 July, 13-19 August, 10-16 September, 15-21 October.
Pricing: 2017:
AU$2950 (Australian dollar)
Single supplement AU$350 (Australian dollar)

Includes 6 nights of full board accommodation (except lunch on arrival day) based on sharing a twin or double room and 5 days of guided trail riding as per itinerary.

Transfers are available from Noosa, Sunshine Coast Airport are complimentary. However, private transfers from Brisbane International Airport are charged at an additional cost of AU$80 per person, each way (based on a minimum of 1 passengers). Group shuttle transfers from and to Brisbane airport can be arranged at a reduced cost - please ask us for a quote at the time of booking.

Prices do not include flights or travel insurance.

Luxury Riding Escape

An entirely customisable programme which can be tailored to suit your requirements and preferences. Choose your own dates, length of stay and number of hours riding, with a programme offering a completely bespoke service.

These luxury riding breaks are available for a minimum of two riders. The following is an example of a possible 6 day itinerary;

Day 1:

Arrival to the Sunshine Coast Airport where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the RACV Noosa Resort to check-in (roughly 15 minutes away). 

If time allows (arrival before 2pm), you will then be taken to the riding stables where you will be able to meet the horses and guides and take your first introductory ride (around1.5 hours in the saddle). Arrival after 3pm will mean that the first ride will need to be taken the next day.

Day 2:

After a delicious breakfast at the resort, you will be collected and taken to the riding centre to enjoy a full morning ride in the stunning Edumundi Conservation Park (approximate ride time of 3 hours).

Lunch is take at your leisure either in the resort or in Noosa. A free afternoon will give you the chance to relax or take in some of the local sights.

Day 3:

Today you will enjoy a full days riding with picnic lunch in the Noosa Trail Network, running from Cooran to Pomona (approximate ride time of 4 hours, not including lunch stop).

A free evening will give you the chance to take advantage of the resorts on-site spa, enjoy some time by the tropical pool or discover some of the areas beautiful beaches.

Day 4:

Another full day ride will see you following the Kin Kin loop today with a tasty picnic lunch stop (approximately 4 hours of riding again today, not including your lunch stop).

Another free evening to enjoy your resort or explore a little further afield.

Day 5:

Today you will set off early on a morning beach ride to Noosa North Shore. This stunning stretch of coastline offers the adventurous rider the perfect chance to turn loose and enjoy a thrilling gallop (approximately 2 hours riding time).

Lunch will be at your leisure and the afternoon is free to visit local markets or enjoy some more time on the beach..

Day 6: 

Departure will be after breakfast, but depending on your flight time, there may be one last chance to visit the Eumundi markets before you are transferred to Sunshine Coats airport.

Accommodation: Typically accommodation will be provided at the 5* RACV Noosa Resort, in a luxury apartment. The resort has 2 restaurant, room service, spa, tennis courts and a tropical pool. The apartments all have inclusive Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchenette and personal laundry facilities.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Rides can be tailored to suit a variety of different abilities.
Type of ride: Lessons or trails.
Total riding time: Dependent on chosen programme. This can vary from 2 - 5 hours of riding per day.
Departure dates: 2017: Dates to suit between February and November.
Pricing: 2017:

Itineraries and dates can be tailored to suit for couples and groups of 2 or more riders from February to November 2017.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements further and for a no obligation, price quotation.