The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Australia

5-5 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,250 AUD

Looking for a true-blue cattle ride with some beach fun thrown in? Look no further, we have the ride for YOU!

This ride is based at a cattle property owned by guide and host, Andrew McCarthy. The property skirts Mount Goomboorian, east of Gympie in the southeast corner of Queensland (three 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 police officer. As part of these first two days, you’ll help muster and draft cattle and work in the yards. This is all conducted as a hands-on experience where you’ll get down and dirty and catch a glimpse into everyday life as a grazier.

The third riding day will see you head to Rainbow Beach, where you’ll ride along the shore in the shadows of the towering cliffs of colourful, mineral-rich sand. Then it’s back to the cattle work, with campdrafting royalty Rod Cotter dropping in to coach you and your horse (5-day ride only). Rod and Andrew are both kind, patient teachers who will break down the art of cattle work into sections that you’ll master with one-on-one tutelage, before joining it all together in a safe and fun environment. No doubt about it, by the end of your holiday you’ll be a dab hand in the cattle yards!

SO if you’ve always wanted to run away to the bush and be a jillaroo or jackaroo, then THIS is the ride for you!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:The majority of the riding herd are Quarter Horses, 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.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:Australian-made swinging fender stock saddles.
  • Seasons:June through to September.
  • Group size:A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 5 to 6 hours per day.
  • 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.  Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Tents with all bedding and towels provided. Hot camp showers and a long drop toilet a short walk from the campsite.
  • Ride Length:There are 5 day, 5 night itineraries available as well as shorter 3 day, 3 night itineraries over specific weekends.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes all riding, accommodation and meals (from dinner on day 1 through to lunch on the final day).

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include transfers to and from the ride (available for $250 AUD per person round trip), alcohol, flights or travel insurance (compulsory).

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

NEW! Secure your saddle seat NOW with a 10% deposit - as part of our 10x 10% payment plan!
Departing FinishingAvailabilityTotal
June 17, 2022June 22, 202210 spots left
$3,900 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
$4,550 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
June 26, 2022July 1, 20226 spots left
$3,900 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
$4,550 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
July 22, 2022July 25, 20226 spots left
$2,300 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
$2,950 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
July 29, 2022August 3, 20229 spots left
$3,900 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
$4,550 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
September 4, 2022September 9, 20222 spots left
$3,900 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
$4,550 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all riding, accommodation and meals (from dinner on day 1 through to lunch on the final day).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include transfers to and from the ride (available for $250 AUD per person round trip), alcohol, flights or travel insurance (compulsory).

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN AUD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

Expand AllCollapse All

*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

Expand AllCollapse All
  • Five Day Ride - Day 1

    Today you’ll either self-drive to Andrew McCarthy’s family property, COD-N-UP, or arrive at Sunshine Coast Airport in Maroochydore before midday and be collected by your hosts, with a small detour to purchase alcohol on the way out to the property – if required. After you arrive in the early afternoon, Andrew will give a liberty riding demonstration with one of his prized horses. Then you and your luggage will be driven to the top of Mount Goomboorian, your home for the next five nights. It’s hard to explain the vista until you see it with your own eyes, but let me try: it boasts 360-degree views stretching to the west and to the east, where you can see the sand dunes near Noosa. It’s an incredible campsite where you’ll enjoy true bush comforts, including a tent large enough to swing a cat in, stretcher bed with all linen provided, and a bedside table. Tonight’s meal will be a gourmet camp oven roast, after which you’ll retire to your tent for a good night’s sleep.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 2

    After waking to a spectacular sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and enjoying a hearty breakfast, you’ll be transported off the mountain and introduced to your horse. Once you’re comfortable in your swinging fender saddle, you’ll commence your riding adventure. With plenty of opportunities to trot and canter if you wish, you will traverse open cattle grazing country, creek crossings, and a stand of Eucalypt timber where you might even be lucky enough to spot a koala (trust me – your chances are good!).
    After the morning’s ride, you will arrive at your lunch location, Silky Oak Tea Gardens. Here you’ll step off your horse and walk straight into a professionally run, rustic country pub dining experience. Now you’re in for a real treat here, globetrotters, because at Silky Oak you will be given the opportunity to have a photo of yourself on a horse IN A BAR (yes, you read that correctly!). An awesome keepsake of your riding adventure to take home and cherish, and more importantly, social media bragging rights!
    Once all the modelling contracts have been fulfilled, you’ll sit down to enjoy a hearty lunch. In the afternoon you’ll get lost in pristine scrub and virgin forest, eventually riding into your Mount Goomboorian campsite for a sundowner.
    After a long but fulfilling day in the saddle and with your bellies full from dinner, you’ll retire to the blazing warmth of the campfire and view the photos from your day’s modelling before falling into a wondrous and peaceful slumber.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 3

    Today you’ll dig into another filling breakfast before mounting up and riding off the mountain, gaping at the views as you go. Arriving at Andrew’s original family homestead, you’ll have a lavish lunch in the gardens. Then it’s time for some cattle work! Andrew has previously run about 17,000 head of stock on a cattle station in WA that was a bit less than a half a million acres, so throughout the trip, he’ll be able to demonstrate the skills and procedures used in daily life on the stations. This is a dinky- di, real life cattle work experience, globetrotters, dirt moustaches included! There will also be more beautiful trail riding on the cards as part of this afternoon’s experience.
    After settling the cattle into their yards for the night, you’ll head back up the mountain to enjoy more breathtaking views, campfire yarns and delicious, satisfying camp oven food.
    There is also the opportunity to brand your name into a piece of rough-sawn timber with fire brands to help you remember the occasion (at an additional cost of $50-$100 depending on the piece of timber you choose).

  • Five Day Ride - Day 4

    After another stomach-filling breakfast, you’ll ride down the mountain once again before loading the horses into the truck and travelling to Rainbow Beach! Here you’ll have a gourmet picnic lunch, your horses relaxing mere metres away, before mounting up for an absolutely glorious beach ride. At the end of this magical experience, for those riders who are confident and capable, you’ll have the opportunity to unsaddle your horse for a bareback ride in the ocean! This is serious pinch-me-now stuff, globetrotters. Finally, with salt in your hair and a HUGE smile on your face, you’ll be transported back to the top of the mountain for another beautiful night at your Goomboorian campsite.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 5

    Rejuvenated after your cruisey, beachy day yesterday, you’ll be raring to go this morning! After breakfast you’ll mount up for a choose-your-own-adventure style day with Andrew and his special guest, campdrafting royalty Rod Cotter. You can choose to participate in cattle work or expand your riding skills with one-on-one lessons. I guarantee you’ll spend the entire day grinning from ear to ear as you learn new tricks on board your trusty, knowledgeable steed. With a full day’s learning under your belt and another tasty meal in your belly, you’ll collapse gratefully into your tent tonight!

  • Five Day Ride - Day 6

    Your final day is packed to the brim, globetrotters. Continuing on from yesterday, you’ll spend plenty of time astride your horse honing your chosen skills, helping Andrew with his cattle work or just hooning around with your fellow guests. Depending on the time of year, the cattle work could involve branding, dehorning, ear marking, ear tagging, castrating or treating for tick and fly. Andrew will explain the ins and outs of cattle work, horsemanship and any other aspect of station life in as much detail as you desire!
    Finally, at the end of the day, you will be transported back to Sunshine Coast Airport, arriving in time for flights departing after 6pm. For those who drove, you’ll also bid farewell to the team and head off in the evening.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 1

    This shorter 3 day, 3 night itinerary takes in the very best highlights from the longer 5 day trek, and packs them tightly into a long weekend! So if you’re tight on time, we’ve got you covered – THIS is the ride for you.

    Today you’ll arrive at your host, Andrew McCarthy’s family property, COD-N-UP, in the early afternoon where you and your luggage will be driven to the top of Mount Goomboorian, your home for the next three nights. It’s hard to explain the vista until you see it with your own eyes, but let me try: it boasts 360-degree views stretching to the west and to the east, where you can see the sand dunes near Noosa. It’s an incredible campsite where you’ll enjoy true bush comforts, including a tent large enough to swing a cat in, stretcher bed with all linen provided, and a bedside table. There may be time for an at liberty riding demonstration after you’re all settled in, followed by a stomach-filling seafood dinner prepared by a chef. Once you’re full to the brim, you’ll retire to your tent for a good night’s sleep so you’re well rested for your riding tomorrow.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 2

    After waking to a spectacular sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and enjoying a hearty breakfast, you’ll be transported off the mountain and introduced to your horse to commence your riding adventure. With plenty of opportunities to trot and canter if you wish, you will traverse open cattle grazing country, creek crossings, and a stand of Eucalypt timber where you might even be lucky enough to spot a koala.

    After the morning’s ride, you will arrive at your lunch location, Silky Oak Tea Gardens. Here you’ll step off your horse and walk straight into a professionally run, rustic country pub dining experience. Now you’re in for a real treat here, globetrotters, because at Silky Oak you will be given the opportunity to have a photo of yourself on a horse IN A BAR (yes, you read that correctly!). An awesome keepsake of your riding adventure to take home and cherish, and more importantly, social media bragging rights!

    Once all the modelling contracts have been fulfilled, you’ll sit down to enjoy a hearty lunch. In the afternoon you’ll get lost in pristine scrub and virgin forest, eventually riding into your Mount Goomboorian campsite for a sundowner.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 3

    After another stomach-filling breakfast, you’ll ride down the mountain before loading the horses into the truck and travelling to Rainbow Beach! Here you’ll have a gourmet picnic lunch, your horses relaxing mere metres away, before mounting up for an absolutely glorious beach ride. At the end of this magical experience, for those riders who are confident and capable, you’ll have the opportunity to unsaddle your horse for a bareback ride in the ocean (depending on conditions)! This is serious pinch-me-now stuff, globetrotters. Finally, with salt in your hair and a HUGE smile on your face, you’ll be transported back to the top of the mountain for another beautiful night at your Goomboorian campsite.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 4

    Rejuvenated after your cruisey, beachy day yesterday, you’ll be raring to go this morning! After breakfast you’ll mount up for a choose-your-own-adventure style day. Your host, Andrew, will fill you in on what’s available to do today but you’ll be able to participate in cattle work while expanding your riding skills.

    Finally after a full day in the saddle, you’ll depart around 4pm, refreshed and rejuvenated after your few days breathing in the fresh country air from the back of a big-bottomed quarter horse!

  • Transfer Information

    Round trip transfers from Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore) are available for $250 AUD per person on arrival and departure days only (minimum 2 guests required). Guests need to arrive no later than 12pm on day one, and departing flights are to be booked after 6pm on the final day.

    Self drive is also an option.

    Please note, due to varying arrival times, lunch is not included on arrival day.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride

The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Carolyn Dowse

‘What can I say other than wow, it was an amazing adventure! My partner Tony loved it too, and it sounds like he will be joining me on more rides in the future, which is amazing.
I rode Destiny and Tony had Nelson – two perfectly trained horses. Andrew and the crew were awesome and I truly learnt so much about riding that I will take back to my own horse. The group of people were amazing and Tony and I will definitely catch up with our fellow Queenslanders again.
Honestly, we could not fault a thing and had the best time. We wish we did the 5 day ride instead of the 3 day!’

The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Judy Kitcher

‘Globetrotting offer an amazing range of rides worldwide and having done two of them, the standard seems to be very high. All the guides on this holiday were exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly and Andrew’s instruction was excellent. I rode Flint, who was a very quiet and well trained horse. My main reason for joining the ride was to be able to ride a fully trained cutting horse and learn how to “press the buttons” for that style of riding and I was able to do just that.’

The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Margie

‘Andrew and his team make you feel welcome from first contact. Warm, honest, down to earth, country hospitality at its finest. Their love of their horses is inspiring. The riding education offered is the best I’ve ever had the privilege to experience. The diversity of experiences – mountain, bush, beach, working cattle – is utterly sublime.
Honestly, we were spoilt rotten and I could not recommend this joyful experience more highly. Do it!! And although they offer WiFi and electricity from their mountaintop paradise, my suggestion is to leave all that behind and really soak up the connection with nature that this slice of heaven offers.
Book now – you wont regret it!’

Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Maegan McFawn

‘I arrived to absolute paradise and throughly enjoyed my five days! Every little detail had been thought of and guest comfort was priority. Andrew and his staff were fantastic, down-to-earth, a lot of fun, and highly educational regarding the local area and horsemanship. The group I was with were an absolute hoot, but the heroes of the ride were the horses. My gelding, Teddy, was fantastically trained with a mouth like butter, and super responsive. He was safe and surefooted whilst also having plenty of get up and go. I wanted to bring him home with me! Horse welfare is the highest priority, and that was so easy to see with the passion that both the staff and the horses displayed. There was a great variety of riding in a short space of time. Cantering down one of the prettiest beaches imaginable then swimming bareback cannot be described. The food by Chef Dan was spectacular and individual catering needs were no issue. I really cannot put into words how incredible this experience was and I can’t recommend it enough!’

Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kirsty Thys

‘Where to even begin with the best ride ever? First and most important is Globetrotting. Nothing was too much trouble for Laura and Kate. Communication from the day I booked right up until the ride was fabulous.
Andrew is a guru at his job and Zac and Georgia were both so sweet and professional.
Every day was different, yet seemed to build on the previous day’s experience. T-Rex was my very able steed. He was as steady as can be, especially down the mountains. When we got the go-ahead to canter, he was brilliant – he just picked up and flew along, and stopped easily at the end.
To call our glamorous accommodation ‘tents’ is not an accurate description. ‘Five star bedroom under canvas’ might just about cut it. Absolutely everything had been thought of. I had the best night’s sleep. The food – OMG. I wish I could give out Michelin Stars for the amazing, huge and delicious concoctions that Dan cooked in the camp kitchen.
The whole experience was a bucket list item fulfilled. I’ve made some awesome friends and can’t wait for my next trip.’

Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Honor Cochrane

‘I booked this trip on a whim and went by myself and it’s honestly one of the best things I have ever done! Andrew and his team are some of the loveliest people you will ever meet and they make you feel instantly at home. The accommodation is cosy and comfy with the most stunning views, and showering on top of a mountain with a view of the countryside is something everyone should try!
I rode Turbo and I’ve never felt more safe on a horse I had just met. Andrew was a fantastic teacher and explained how best to ride and communicate with his horses, which made things a whole lot smoother for both me and Turbo.
All three days were unique and wonderful. We had the most incredible weather for the beach day and getting to ride bareback into the surf is something I won’t forget in hurry! Riding to the pub and cantering around the countryside with a group of amazing people was so much fun, but learning how to work with cattle was definitely my favourite part. Andrew broke everything down into easy to understand steps and in no time at all we were wrangling baby cows like it was no big deal (or so we thought!).
Three days flew by and I loved it so much that I’ve already decided to come back and do the five day adventure. I can’t recommend this ride enough!’

Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Brenda Woodroffe

‘I can’t rate this ride highly enough. Andrew and his team are first class – so knowledgeable and patient. Andrew taught me so much about his discipline of riding. Zac, Brett, Rod, Georgia and Jenny were very professional and such fun to be with at all times. Sean and Dominic are to be commended for all the beautiful food. The horses were so well behaved, and so obviously loved. I could not believe how responsive they all were. Riding bareback in the ocean was seriously exhilarating, but I felt safe with Andrew, the team and his fabulous horses. This is a dream holiday for the horse lover.’

The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Jan Harrison

‘This riding holiday was amazing. All the team were so knowledgeable and helpful – nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was very comfortable and the location was stunning. Having drinks and nibbles every afternoon watching the sunset on top of the mountain was the perfect way to end each day. The meals were fantastic and Dan the chef made sure everyone was looked after. I rode Destiny. He was very well educated and it was a privilege to ride such a beautiful horse of such high quality. Everyone was looked after according to their ability and made to feel safe. Every day was something different and mustering and working with the cattle was the highlight for me. Cantering along the beach and swimming the horses was fabulous. The fact that the guides were all so lovely and everyone in the group got along so well made this trip unforgettable.’

Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Drive, Queensland, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Erika Ebersohn

‘My husband and I went on this ride as part of our honeymoon and wow – we were blown away with the quality of the experience. Andrew and his team are not only wonderful teachers, hosts and guides but have cracking senses of humour. We had an amazing week filled with laughter, horses and (regrettably) sunburn. I rode Dolly, who was as grumpy as the title “chestnut mare” invokes, but an absolute dream to ride. Responsive, well trained and fabulous on cattle. She taught me so much and I was amazed at how she could switch on when needed, then relax totally when trail riding. Overall, everything was incredible. I would highly recommend this ride!’

STORIES FROM THE SADDLE

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RIDE OR WHICH IS MOST SUITABLE FOR YOU?

CONTACT US OR REQUEST A CALLBACK DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET