Best Horse Treks in Australia- Guides and Tips
Whether you’re looking for a local holiday activity, are visiting from overseas and want to venture off the beaten path, or just love horse riding, one of the great ways to experience the Australian countryside is by an organised horse trek.
Here are three of the best treks that show you very different aspects of the country, from the east coast to the west coast, and from beach to mountains, rainforests and bush wilderness.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
First, saddle up for the spectacular Blue Mountains region, just north of Sydney, where eucalypt forests, heathland, rainforest, mountains, valleys, creeks and rivers flourish in bush wilderness settings. In this diverse landscape, one of the most popular areas for horse riding is in the Megalong Valley.
A quintessential Aussie experience is the Cox’s River Day Ride run by Megalong Valley Farm. The mountain ride takes you through homestead paddocks, up through mountain ridges and scenic lookouts, and down through gullies to the rugged Cox’s River. Along the way, you’ll see plenty of wildlife, and experience the exhilaration of riding in and along stretches of the river. Lunch is at a pub-style steakhouse, and comfortable overnight accommodation is available.
And now for the coast of Queensland, and the gorgeous hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions. The Gold Rush Trail and Beach Ride is a seven-day progressive ride along rainforest, beaches, and bush trails. All your accommodation and meals are looked after, and you can explore the townships and beaches after your ride is over for the day.
Riding up to five hours each day, you’ll enjoy cantering along white sandy beaches, trekking through foothills and forests, while experiencing spectacular scenery and encountering wildlife. You will also have the chance to join in an exciting cattle muster when the trek heads inland to explore local cattle properties.
The Kimberley Region, Western Australia
Finally, for the rugged top end of Australia in Western Australia. This ancient landscape is peppered with rivers and waterholes fed by the annual monsoon, grasslands and weathered sandstone mountain ranges. Treks start from 3 days up to 11 days, where you follow old stock routes, join in a cattle muster, and experience the diversity of the top end landscape. At night, camp out under the stars, and cook over a campfire.
While there are many more horse trekking opportunities, these three rides showcase the immense variety of landscapes you can explore by horseback in Australia.