Our Noosa Bush & Beach Ride is the quintessential Australian riding holiday where guests, mounted on superbly bred Australian Stock Horses, ride along untouched, vast expanses of beach, tail behind a mob of cattle and experience true bush spirit in outback Queensland.
Owner and guide Alex Watson, who is a former Olympian pentathlete, selected Australian stock horses as his chosen breed for guests as the breed is regarded as the world’s most versatile horse, being able to perform at everything from Olympic disciplines such as showjumping, eventing and dressage through to camp drafting, polo, trail work and cattle work. They have a renowned good temperament, hardiness, looks and ability to do well on limited amounts of prepared feeds.
The rhythmic sound of hooves galloping on wet sand, the pungent aroma of horse sweat in the air, the stinging sensation of salt water in wide eyes and the heady feeling of adrenalin mixed with speed: this is horse riding at its very best. To ride a horse along the beach is a dream all horse enthusiasts yearn for. It’s the appeal of galloping along never ending coast lines, thundering through the sea and the feeling of complete abandonment that has riders chomping at the bit to have their very own beach experience.
- Horse Breed:Australian Stock Horse breed which is regarded as the world’s most versatile horse being able to perform at everything from Olympic disciplines such as showjumping, eventing and dressage through to camp drafting, polo, trail work and cattle work.
- Pace:The pace varies each day depending on the terrain. You can expect to walk, trot and canter.
- Weight Limit:Maximum of 100kg/220lbs.
- Type of tack:Australian stock and English saddles.
- Seasons:May through to October.
- Group size:4 to 8 guests.
- Time in Saddle:On average 3 to 5 hours each day.
- Riding Ability:Intermediate to advanced riders.
- Accommodation:A mixture of luxury safari tents, country bed & breakfast, and five star holiday accommodation, all with ensuites.
- Ride Length:7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
- Inclusions:The price includes meals, twin share accommodation and riding.
- Exclusions:The price does not include lunch on day 1, flights or travel insurance (compulsory).
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes meals, twin share accommodation and riding.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include lunch on day 1, flights or travel insurance (compulsory).
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments.
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.
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*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.
Upon your arrival you will be taken to Verrierdale to be introduced to our wonderful horses. This introduction will include a familiarisation session covering some of the horse management and riding techniques we utilise with our horses.
Late afternoon – arrive at Edenview in Widgee where you will be staying the next two nights. Your hosts are Alex and Rebecca Watson, with assistance from Gerard and Kath Lafferty who are keen horse people involved in the sport of campdrafting. Edenview offers accommodation in luxury safari tents with ensuites. Widgee is a rural village at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the mountain range running along Australia’s eastern seaboard. Pre dinner drinks will be served on the deck followed by dinner.
The day begins with a full breakfast on the deck at Edenview. We will be riding out on the property to muster cattle and explore the trails. Today will be an opportunity to learn a few campdrafting skills and advanced riding techniques if guests are interested. Pre dinner nibblies/drinks will be followed by dinner.
Breakfast served on the deck. Bags are to be packed as we move to a new location today. We start the ride over the Black Snake Range. Riders will climb the ‘Hanging Rock’ trail, a historic stock route over the Black Snake Range. This is one of the trails used for the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride. The ride starts from the site of the old Kilkivan Township where gold was first discovered in Queensland. Spectacular mountain views are a feature of this ride before descending into Widgee Valley. The ride features a wide variety of forest and unique flora.
After the riding we will depart for Amamoor Lodge, an authentic country bed and breakfast experience in the heart of the Mary River Valley and be introduced to our hosts for the next two days, Malcolm and Christine. Amamoor Lodge is nestled on 50 picturesque acres with mountain views. The facilities include ensuite bedrooms opening onto wide verandahs, lounge area with open fireplace and a large resort style swimming pool. Amamoor Lodge has a working Cobb & Co coach. Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles around an outdoor fire followed by dinner.
Breakfast on the verandah. Saddle up for a ride through the Amamoor State Forest. Full of Bunya Pines and amazing vistas, including Skyring Lookout with views to the ocean. You will truly enjoy the experience. Picnic lunch at Amama Park followed by a ride back to Amamoor Lodge. Pre dinner nibbles/drinks. Dinner.
Breakfast. Have bags packed and ready to go. Also, be dressed ready for riding. Depart for a ride on the Noosa Trail Network. Lunch location dependent upon the trail that has been chosen for the day. Depart for Noosa and check into your luxury accommodation (RACV Noosa) for the next two nights. Dinner at our resort or one of Noosa’s exclusive restaurants.
Beautiful full buffet breakfast to start the day. Depart for Noosa North Shore. Mount up and ride through the bush to the spectacular Laguna Bay and Teewah Beach for a memorable ride along the pristine Noosa North Shore. Return to Noosa for a light lunch. 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. In the evening, Alex will arrive to settle any extra accounts (airport transfers) and then transport you to Rasa’s Restaurant on Gympie Terrace along the Noosa River precinct for a memorable dinner to complement a wonderful week of riding.
Departures after breakfast. Depending on your flight departure times you may have time to fit in a visit to the Eumundi Markets or Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter.
Transfers from the Sunshine Coast Airport are complimentary on the first and last day of the tour. Guests need to arrive on the Sunshine Coast no later than 12 noon on day 1. On the final day, guests will need to depart for the airport by 1pm.
Group airport transfers from Brisbane International Airport are available for $70 per person each way. Guests must arrive at the airport no later than 10am on day 1, to be transferred to Noosa by 12 noon.
Please note: due to varying arrival times lunch on day 1 is not included.
“The scenery was just gorgeous in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast!”
“An experience our family will never forget. From our trusty, well matched horses, Toby, Sandy, Kin Kin and Scout, to the “best guide ever”, Alex Watson, we couldn’t have wished for a better trip.”
“Our hosts and guide were fabulous. Accommodation and meals were all top notch. Alex and Bec are lovely people with a wealth of knowledge about the area, its wildlife and vegetation.”
“From never having been on a plane before to travelling overseas, I’m so glad I did thanks to Globetrotting and our fantastic guide Alex.”
“The Noosa Bush and Beach Ride is a great way to start your Globetrotting experience.”
“Everything was first class…very professional and lived up to my expectations. Thank you!”
“Globetrotting were great and kept us in the loop all the time with caring instructions. Will certainly sign up for another horse riding tour with Globetrotting.”
“So many laughs, great memories and new friendships.”
‘The Noosa Bush and Beach Ride with Alex Watson was above and beyond my expectations! Don’t ponder about doing this ride – just book it!’
Stories from the saddle
Meet Kin Kin, one of the most popular mares on our Bush & Beach Ride in Noosa. Named after the local town of Kin Kin in Southeast Queensland, the name comes from the Aboriginal word for a species of small black ants that inhabit the area. Being a beautiful black mare, the name is very […]
We’re delighted to be working with ex-Olympian Alex Watson and his wife Beck, who have been running the award-winning Bush & Beach Ride in Noosa for over twelve years alongside their incredible team of Australian Stock Horses. We caught up with them recently to find out a little more behind their operation. How long have you […]
I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when I was reading through Kim Jenkins’ wonderful feedback form about her DEBUT Globetrotting adventure on our Bush & Beach Ride based out of Noosa on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, and just had to share it with you. She was rapt with Maisie, her equine pal for the […]