Goomboorian Campdraft Ride, AustraliaGo Back
So we’ve heard through the Globetrotting grapevine that you’ve been hanging out for a true blue cattle ride. We can’t really blame you – we love working cattle on a sturdy Quarter Horse, getting down and dirty in the yards, it’s deeply satisfying.
And what about learning the art of campdrafting? An iconic all-Australian horse sport that sees you cutting out a beast from the camp and free-wheeling it around some pegs in an arena. Half the nation is infatuated with this horse sport, where it all comes down to precision, speed, agility and a great partnership between you and your horse.
The Goomboorian Campdraft Ride offers exactly that!
The five-day ride begins at a cattle property owned by guide and host, Andrew McCarthy. The property skirts Mount Goomboorian, east of Gympie in the south east corner of Queensland (3 hours drive from Brisbane). For the first two days you’ll ride this patch of paradise, slipping into the day-to-day runnings of a small scale cattle property.
In a former life, Andrew managed cattle stations in remote Western Australia and was a policeman. He knows his way around a horse and working with cattle, and is very good at passing on his knowledge in a modest way. During these two days you’ll muster, draft and process cattle in the yards and learn to drench, brand or draft, depending on the time of year.
This is all conducted as a hands-on experience where you’ll get down and dirty and catch a glimpse of everyday life for a grazier. Not to mention the deep satisfaction you receive after a day in the saddle mustering, then sitting around a blazing camp fire under a canopy of stars with a beer in hand and some hearty camp tucker in your belly.
For the first three nights you’ll literally be camping on top of a mountain, Mount Goomboorian to be exact. It’s hard to explain the vista and majesty of this campsite until you see it with your own eyes. But let me try: it boasts 360-degree views stretching to the west and the east, where you can see the sand dunes near Noosa. It’s an incredible camp where you’ll enjoy true bush comforts, including a tent large enough to swing a cat in, stretcher bed with all linen provided, bedside table… you’ll be more than comfortable.
You’ll wine and dine most nights out under the stars around a campfire, a wonderful change to your normal dinnertime routine.
For the final two days of the itinerary, you and your horse will be transported up the road to Rod Cotter’s property near Widgee. Let me just say, this is a WORLD FIRST. Never before has a campdraft clinic been offered as a riding holiday experience.
Rod Cotter will break down the sport of campdrafting into sections that you’ll master with one-on-one tutelage before putting it all together in a safe and fun environment. Rod is a kind, patient and expert teacher who can teach everyone from beginner to experienced riders. By the end of the two-day clinic you’ll have raced a couple of cows out of the camp and around a peg or two, and hopefully through the finishing gate.
When road testing this ride, I was lucky enough to partake in the campdraft clinic and believe me, after two runs I was well and truly addicted to this kick-ass horse sport.
SO if you’ve always wanted to run away to the bush and be a jillaroo or a jackaroo, then THIS is the ride for you!
time in the saddle: on average 5 to 6 hours per day
breed of horses: The majority of the riding herd are Quarter Horses (geldings), all with close connections to one of two famous Quarter Horse stallions: Acres Destiny and Doc’s Spinifex.
pace: the pace can vary from a walk right through to a canter, depending on the terrain.
riding ability: suitable for all riding abilities from beginner through to advanced.*If you are a beginner rider, you’re expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk and posting/rising to the trot, and be willing to try cantering.
weight limit: 95kg *Please contact us for a further assessment if you are above this weight.
group size: a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 guests
accommodation: tents with all bedding and towels provided. Hot camp showers and long drop toilet a short walk from the campsite.
seasons: March to July
duration: five days, five nights
2019 departure dates & rates:
March 17 to 22, 2019: $3,000 AUD per person twin share – TWO globetrotters booked
May 19 to 24, 2019: $3,000 AUD per person twin share – ONE globetrotter booked
June 16 to 21, 2019: $3,000 AUD per person twin share – SEVEN globetrotters booked
July 21 to 26, 2019: $3,000 AUD per person twin share – TWO globetrotters booked
*Single supplement is available at $250 AUD if not wanting to share with another rider of the same gender.
*This price includes meals, accommodation, riding and campdraft clinic fees.
*The price does not include transfers to and from the ride (available for $200 AUD per person round trip), alcohol, flights or travel insurance.
We require a 50% deposit to confirm your saddle seat with final payment due ten weeks before departure date. Payment can be made via direct debit (Australian residents only) or credit card which includes a 2% surcharge. Contact us here if you would prefer a payment plan.
Round trip transfers from the Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore) are available for $200 AUD per person on arrival and departure day only. Guests are to arrive no later than 1pm on day one, and departing flights are to be booked after 4pm on the final day.
Please note, due to varying arrival times lunch is not included on arrival day.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Still not convinced? Why not check out THIS epic video to get you suitably excited!
Keen to find out more about your guide, Andrew McCarthy? Click here.
Destiny is one of the gorgeous quarter horses in Andrew’s herd you may have the pleasure of riding. You can read his story here.
Check out globetrotter Alana Dyer’s feedback on the Goomboorian Campdraft Ride here.