Tassie Tiger Trail, Australia

4 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,725 AUD

Trust us, once you bite into the Apple Isle, you’ll want to pack your bags and move there.

Discover for yourself what makes the island of Tasmania so magical. It will make your heart sing, your spirit soar, and its beauty will leave you breathless. And what better way to discover the bushland, beaches, the world famous food (maybe even the elusive Tasmanian Tiger) than from the back of a well-educated endurance horse?

With Quamby Bluff as the backdrop, your hosts Jeremy Ford and Jen Clingly welcome you to head out onto the never-ending forestry trails which lead you through the countryside, alongside waterfalls and amidst 300 year old rainforest as part of the famous Tasmanian Trail. The rugged escarpment of the Great Western Tiers towers majestically over the landscape and a secluded, sandy beach awaits your horse’s hoofprints.

On this five-day, four-night itinerary, riding guests will experience a true microcosm of Tassie’s history and culture, its raw scenery and wildlife, and the endless culinary delights of the region.

With passionate guides who are infatuated with their island home and a fleet of beautiful pure and cross-bred Arabian horses, your horse riding holiday in the Apple Isle will be one to treasure for years to come.

Gem Farm horses are trained and fit for endurance riding. They all naturally educated and ridden bitless and barefoot. Part of your holiday experience is to sample the world of natural horsemanship and its training methods. You will also have the opportunity to challenge yourself and your horse with the obstacle course and tricks.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Arabian and Arabian-cross.
  • Pace:Variable depending on the terrain, with opportunities to trot and canter.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 90kg/198lbs.
  • Type of tack:State-of-the-art lightweight endurance saddles.
  • Seasons:November through to January.
  • Group size:A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 riders.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 3 to 6 hours per day.
  • Riding Ability:All riding abilities are catered for from beginner* to advanced riders.
    *For this particular ride, as a beginner rider you’re able to mount and dismount a horse (unassisted) and stop your horse. You’re capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting to the trot and cantering (but may need to build your confidence and are willing to learn). You’ll need to be riding fit as on a daily basis you’ll spend 3 to 6 hours in the saddle. With that said, there is the option to shorten your time in the saddle, but at a minimum, you’ll need to ride for 3 hours per day with extended periods of trotting.
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  • Accommodation:Guests stay in B&B style accommodation at Blakes Manor in the heart of Deloraine. Guests will enjoy private rooms in luxury suites, with shared bathrooms.
  • Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals, beer and wine, private room accommodation, riding, and transfers to and from Launceston Airport or accommodation.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights or travel insurance (compulsory).

 

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes meals, beer and wine, private room accommodation, riding, and transfers to and from Launceston Airport or accommodation.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include 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

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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.

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Tasmania – the Apple Isle – Australia’s crowning jewel. After flying into Launceston, you’ll travel to The Gem Farm to have morning tea with your hosts, Jeremy Ford and Jen Clingly. After enjoying this first taste of the sumptuous local cuisine, it’s time for the match-making session with the horses, which will see you paired up with your perfect steed.

    The highlight of the day is yet to come, though: you and your horse now get to forge a strong bond and have some fun together in a horsemanship training session. Expertly guided by Jen and Jeremy, you’ll gain an understanding of the world through your horse’s eyes. Finally, the herd will show off their intelligence, skills and tricks on the obstacle course before you mount up for a ride in the surrounding forest and native bush. Wildlife abounds here, and you could come across possums, wallabies, quolls, echidnas and a variety of native birdlife as you meander through the scrub.

    For dinner tonight, you will be treated to a home-cooked meal showcasing Tassie’s best gourmet fare and wines.

  • Day 2

    Waking up in your beautiful room at Blakes Manor, you’ll help yourself to breakfast, then you and your fellow globetrotters will be transferred to The Gem Farm. You’ll have the opportunity to practice groundwork and deepen the bond between you and your horse before starting the day’s ride over Barratts Bridge and across the sparkling, crystal-clear Meander River. You’ll follow the famous Tasmanian Trail along the river, then climb up and over Long Ridge to the gorgeous Montana Falls. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to stretch the horses out into a canter along the narrow bush tracks.

    The gourmet experience continues as you hitch up outside 41 Degrees South, a sustainable salmon and ginseng farm where your freshly-prepared lunch awaits. On the menu is an indulgent taste-testing experience followed by delicious smoked salmon platters washed down with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc. On the way home, you’ll ride alongside cascading waterfalls, across green farmlands and through ancient banksia bush, with a neighbourly stop at local yet world-class jewellers, McLachlan Studios. The studio setting and unique designer jewellery makes for a great end to the day. Back at Blakes Manor, another sumptuous meal will be prepared before you roll gratefully into bed.

  • Day 3

    Get ready for a breathtaking, mind-blowing day, globetrotters! On today’s ride you’ll get to really appreciate and absorb your surroundings as you tackle the Great Western Tiers mountain range. You’ll gain a new appreciation for your horse, too! The riding track is picturesque in every way, weav- ing through native bush, ancient rainforest and rocky escarpments as you discover true mountain wilderness at Golden Valley and the majestic Quamby Bluff. Pulling up for a picnic lunch on top of the world, the 360-degree views over Tassie will leave you breathless. Tasmania is the place to sample home-grown and homemade goodness, and today’s cuisine is no exception – from the mountaintops to Blakes Manor, the food and wine will be to die for.

  • Day 4

    It’s beach day, woohoo! After breakfast at Blakes Manor, you and the horses will head to the famous Narantawpu National Park – Tasmania’s smallest national park, and the only national park where horses are allowed on the trail. Having trail access also means access to the park’s 16 kilometre stretch of deserted beach, and this is what makes today’s ride so very special. En route to Narantawpu, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the cream of Tasmania’s fine food: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Ashgrove Cheese, the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory and the Chudleigh Honey Farm. Arriving at the national park, you’ll soon discover the absolutely prolific wildlife: wallabies escort you to the seaside, and dolphins frolic in the waves. As you and your horse revel in the soft sand and the gentle waves, your chefs will collect fresh seafood (think: a freshly shucked salty oyster) for an amazing post-ride feast with a cold Tasmanian beer to sink it down with.

  • Day 5

    Your last morning in paradise begins with a leisurely cooked breakfast at the best local haunt in Deloraine, with some time to stroll around the town or along the banks of the Meander River afterwards. You will soon discover that Deloraine is home to a large number of artists and craftspeople, who draw inspiration from the magnificent scenery surrounding their picturesque town. Finally, at 10:30, you’ll be collected from Blakes Manor and transferred to either Launceston Airport or your city hotel.

  • Transfer Information

    We recommend flying into Launceston no later than 9.30am on day 1 of your ride. Departing flights can be booked after 12.30pm on the final day. Transfers to and from Launceston are included in the ride price.

    Self drive is also an option.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Tassie Tiger Trail

Susan Dale

‘This ride was very professionally run and our hosts were willing to accommodate any requests. Every day was so different, it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I loved each for different reasons. Jen, Jeremy and Meg were all so friendly right from the start and made us all feel very welcome. They are very knowledgeable, obviously adore their horses and are more than happy to share their expertise. More than anything, though, they are super nice people and great fun to be around.
I rode Opal, a very sweet girl who knows how to look after her rider. Very surefooted and careful, but eager to move along as well. Having meals at a salmon farm, raspberry farm and hazelnut farm was a lovely way to enjoy all the local produce while supporting the local businesses. The food at our accommodation was first class as well. I’m sure I came home 5 kilos heavier!’

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Wendy Lorincz

‘I would recommend this ride without hesitation. It was excellent value-for-money. All the meals were fantastic. I rode Moo, who had a lovely temperament and was very responsive. The guides were very knowledgeable and hospitable in every aspect of the trip. Each day was completely different, which was always exciting, and having good weather made things very pleasant. I would definitely book with Globetrotting again.’

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Pam Johnson

‘This was my first real horse riding experience outside of the odd trail ride here and there. I was a bit worried about whether my body would hold up to four days of horse riding but I am so glad it did. I wouldn’t have missed any of the days for anything. The Tasmanian scenery is always beautiful but to experience it on horseback, and on my horse Jabberwocky, was amazing. He was the ultimate gentleman. I loved him to bits and he took great care of me. All of the horses with Jen and Jeremy are amazing – strong, beautiful and you can truly trust them. The most special moment was getting to the top of the Western Tiers mountain range – a long way up and down, and you have to trust your horse to make the best decision about where to walk – and Jabberwocky did it with ease. I would recommend this ride to everyone with a love of beautiful horses, scenery, and of course fabulous food and wine from Tasmania.’

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Benadie Westwood

‘I had an amazing ride and I thoroughly enjoyed everything that was on offer. Wonderful horses, incredible scenery, a lovely group of riders and excellent service. Bonney’s Inn was fantastic and Teresa made us feel right at home. Jen and Jeremy are amazing – they opened their home to us and were very knowledgeable about the area we were riding in and the local heritage. I had the pleasure of riding Opal and Zameer, two incredibly well trained, good-natured horses. They are a credit to Jen and Jeremy. I loved riding through the beautiful forest and seeing the sights that Tassie has to offer, as well as the amazing beach ride – a beautiful day topped off with a canter along a perfect beach. I had such an fantastic holiday and would be happy to ride with Jen and Jeremy again.’

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Robyn Murray

‘The Tassie Tiger Trail was great. Every day was different and the scenery was spectacular. My horse Ruby was a good ride. She was definitely the head mare! Jeremy and Jen were friendly, interesting and full of horse knowledge. They made everyone feel welcome into their life. Our host Theresa was wonderful and very friendly, and cooked fantastic food for us. I would definitely recommend this ride.’

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Mavis Orr

‘This is an awesome experience for horse riders. The horses are well trained and love their job, the hosts are top notch and the accommodation is five star. I was apprehensive at the beginning, but quickly got over that when I saw the professional way this ride is conducted. Jeremy and Jen are lovely people and lots of fun. Teresa looked after all of us so well at our accommodation. I rode Basheer and I loved that little horse. The beach ride was the best, but all of the other rides were great, too. Give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!’

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Penny Webster

‘Jeremy and Jen are kind and gracious hosts. I felt completely confident and comfortable with them both. Moo, my six year old Arab mare, was perfect. She was super sensitive, which is just what I like, and very easy to ride. Her saddle was super comfortable, too. I loved riding at the river and the beach, as well as the groundwork. Jeremy taught me a completely different approach to riding. Jen and Jeremy’s food was terrific and the lunches on the hoof were fabulous, too. I liked that massages were available and it was fantastic that we were able to do a yoga class on Sunday morning (everyone came!). I would definitely recommend this ride.’

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Ariane Pickering

‘Riding through the Tasmanian wilderness, or up steep mountain tracks, or cantering along an endless stretch of beach on a beautifully trained, fit, willing, bitless and barefoot Arabian – it is hard to imagine a more perfect ride. Add to that gourmet experiences of Tasmania’s wonderful produce, and comfortable beds with your own ensuite in a quirky B&B that serves the best breakfasts ever. Top it off with wonderful hosts Jen and Jeremy, and you’ve got it all. Can’t wait to do the next one!’

Tassie Tiger Trail, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Sharon Palmer

‘We had an amazing time on the Tassie Tiger Trail – we cannot speak highly enough of Jen and Jeremy. They were amazing hosts, they made us feel so very welcome right from the first day. I was given the pleasure of riding Basheer, who was the perfect fit for me. Learning about natural horsemanship and how to bond with the horses with groundwork was enlightening and a great experience. The daily adventures on the bush trails were so much fun, and the visits to the salmon farm and Bakers Beach were particular highlights. Bonney’s Inn, where we stayed each night, was such a lovely old building, done up very comfortably. Theresa, our host there, kept us fed with amazing dinners and desserts. The time went so fast, and I’m now back at work wishing I could have done this trek all over again. We will definitely be looking at another trek soon.  This holiday fulfilled a bucket list dream for me.’

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