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


• Bush & Beach Trail



~ 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.

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


Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

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: None, within reason. Ponies are not available so all children should be happy riding horses, but please get in touch before booking.

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

Set time group transfers from and to Noosa Sunshine Coast airport are included in the cost of your holiday. All guests should arrive in Noosa by 12 pm in order to take advantage of this service. On departure, it is best to book a flight leaving after 1 pm.

Transfer from and to Brisbane airport is also available at an additional cost of AU$70, per person, each way at set times. All guests should aim to arrive by 10 am in order to take advantage of these.

Otherwise, private transfers can be organised for guests arriving outside of set times (additional cost will need to be paid). Or, we can advise on public transport to Noosa if preferred.

Airport: Sunshine Coast

Alternative Airport: Brisbane



Bush & Beach Trail

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: 

Arrival to Noosa Sunshine Coast airport by 12 pm. From here you will be taken to the horse stables to be introduced to the Australian Stock Horses. This will include a familiarisation session covering some of the horse management and riding techniques you will utilise with these horses. Late Afternoon you will be taken to the lodge at Woolara Park where you will be staying the next two nights. Your hosts are Gerard and Kath Lafferty who are keen horse people and involved in the Australian sport of campdrafting. Woolara Park is a horse property itself, offering comfortable country style accommodation and hospitality. It is located in a rural village at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the mountain range running along Australia’s eastern seaboard. This evening your horses will be dropped off at Edenview ranch - the 640-acre cattle property on the western side of the mountains. Welcome drinks will be served to guests at approximately 6.30 pm at Woolara Park followed by dinner.

Day 2: 

c. 8:00 am - Breakfast will be served.

c. 9:00 am – You will be transported to Edenview ranch, where you 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 you are interested.

c. 1:30 pm – Lunch on the deck at Edenview ranch, looking up at the peaks of Widgee Mountain.

c. 4:00 pm – At the end of a busy day, return trip to Woolara Park for relaxation and a short drive to look for kangaroos and wallabies.

c. 6:00 pm – Pre dinner nibbles and drinks back at Woolara, followed by dinner.

Day 3: 

c. 8:00 am – Breakfast. Dressed for riding.

c. 9:00 am – Today’s you will meet the horses on Rossmore Road and ride the Hanging Rock Trail over the Blacksnake Range from Kilkivan to Widgee Valley and finish up on the cattle ranch – “Edenview”. The ride takes in some spectacular views and changing countryside as you follow an old stock route used in the past days from driving cattle between Kilkivan to market in Gympie. In modern times, this trail is one of a series of rides that make up the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride held around Easter time. 

c. 4:00 pm - Transfer to your next night's accommodation at Amamoor Lodge

c. 6:00 pm - Pre-dinner nibbles followed by dinner at the lodge.

Day 4: 

c. 8:00 am – Breakfast.

c. 9:00 am – Saddle up for a full day ride through the Amamoor State Forest. with bountiful Bunya Pines and amazing vistas to be discovered. Eventually, you will arrive at the beautiful lookout spot where you will get your first glimpse of the ocean.

c. 1:30 pm – Picnic lunch at Amama Park followed by a leisurely ride back to Amamoor Lodge

c. 6:30 pm – Pre dinner drinks followed by dinner

Day 5: 

c. 8:00 am – Breakfast at the lodge. Make sure to have your bags packed and be ready for riding by...

c. 9:00 am – ... when you will depart toward Noosa to explore the extensive coastal trail network here.

c. 1:30 pm – Lunch location will depend upon the trail that has been chosen for the day.

c. 4:00 pm – Leave the horses and head to Noosa itself in order to check into your luxury accommodation for the next two nights. 

c. 7:00 pm – Dinner at the luxury resort or a restaurant in Noosa.

Day 6: 

c. 8:00 am – Breakfast at the resort.

c. 8:30 am – Set off for Noosa North Shore beach.

c. 9:00 am – Ready your horses to mount up and ride through the bush to spectacular Laguna Bay and Teewah Beach for a memorable ride along the surf.

c. 1:00 pm – Head back to Noosa town for a light lunch.

c. 2:00 pm – 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 (extra costs may be involved).

c. 6:30 pm – A chance to settle any extra accounts (airport transfers, etc.) and then head to Rasa’s Restaurant on Gympie Terrace along the Noosa River precinct for a memorable final 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 Australia Zoo - home of the crocodile hunter. 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: Trail.
Total riding time: 2 - 5 hours per day
Departure dates: 2019:
12-18 May, 2-8 June, 23-29 June, 21-27 July, 18-24 August, 15-21 September, 13-19 October.
Pricing: 2019:

AU$3200 (Australian dollar) per person sharing

Single room supplement: AU$350 (Australian dollar) payable if there is no-one for you to share with.

Includes 6 nights accommodation (base on twin/double rooms), all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals and 5 days of guided trail riding as per itinerary. Set-time group transfers from Noosa, Sunshine Coast Airport are also included.

Brisbane International Airport transfers can be arranged for you and are charged at an additional cost.

Prices do not include flights or travel insurance.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.