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 take you through the countryside, alongside waterfalls and through 300 year old rainforest as part of the famous Tasmanian Trail.

The rugged escarpment of the Great Western Tiers majestically dominates the landscape. On this five-day, four-night itinerary riding guests will experience a true microcosm of the island’s history and culture, its raw scenery and wildlife, not to mention the culinary delights of the local region.

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

Gem Farm horses are trained and fit for endurance riding. The horses are 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. Guests also have the opportunity to challenge themselves and their 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.
     Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • 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).

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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November 10, 2020November 14, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?
December 1, 2020December 5, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?
December 8, 2020December 12, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?
December 15, 2020December 19, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?
January 11, 2021January 15, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?
January 18, 2021January 22, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,725 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
$2,345 AUD - Non Rider?

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

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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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Barbara Onegin-Ward

‘I had not ridden for nine years and was unsure how I would feel after my ride on day one. Opal, my trusty, surefooted steed, was a perfect choice for me and was very easy to ride. The saddle was extremely comfortable and, after five days, let alone one, I can thankfully say I did not experience any stiffness associated with being saddle-sore. Every day was wonderful, but the highlights would have to be riding up to the Great Western Tiers mountain range – incredible scenery – and the beach ride in Narawntapu National Park, with fresh oysters, cold drinks and potato chips awaiting our return to the starting point of the trail. I can’t speak highly enough of Jen and Jeremy’s level of service, knowledge of the environment and hospitality – they contributed to making the trip a wonderful experience. This trip was excellent value for money and above my expectations.’

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Anni Conn

‘This ride was SOOOOO great! We had a truly fantastic time. I could write an essay about how good it was and why, how safe and professional Jen and Jeremy are, how utterly outstanding their horses are (I rode Gem, who was just delightful and a real sweetie) and how beautiful and exhilarating the rides were. Quite simply, everything was perfect and I have nothing to report other than that the trip matched my expectations (which were extremely high!) and I can’t wait to go again! You girls (and guys) at Globetrotting are so fantastically thorough and helpful and provide a spot-on, five star service from start to finish, so everything was easy from go to whoa. A bit too easy, I think, as now the sky is the limit as to where I go next with Globetrotting!’

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Jane Pink

‘The Tassie ride was a very special and emotional one for me, as I sadly lost my best friend and soul mate Maccy (Moo Bear) three weeks prior. It was the most difficult time saying goodbye to the most loving and forgiving horse.
The weather in Tassie was all over the place, but I loved every second. My faithful steed was Moonlight, nicknamed Moo. We connected straight away and she was absolutely gorgeous. Our hosts Jeremy, Jen and Matilda were so kind, caring and understanding. They treated us like family and made us feel so confident and relaxed. The rides were spectacular, especially going on the beach and having the freedom to just relax and enjoy such beauty… I couldn’t stop smiling and just feeling at peace.
I’m so looking forward to my next ride and hopefully heading back to Tassie. I want to thank you all so much for these rides – they have made an enormous impact on my life and I will continue to spread my wings.’

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Ava Pellizzari

‘Nothing is too much trouble on this ride. Jeremy and Jen’s hospitality is exemplary. The scenery is beautiful. I loved the accommodation. All meals and catering were superb – especially eating the most amazing oysters, straight off the rocks, after our beach ride. Above and beyond any oyster I’ve ever tasted!
The horses are certainly well educated in their chosen environment, well behaved and responsive. I thought the way Jeremy showed us how to understand our horse and vice versa on the ground before getting on their backs was extremely important. Then having us do the obstacle course together was terrific, so much fun! I rode the lovely Ruby. What a horse, very easy to manage. I think everyone who rides Ruby wants to take her home.
If you like good food and wine, go to Tasmania.’

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Cassie Rowe

‘I had the time of my life! Firstly, I have never met more beautiful people than Jen and Jeremy. I was blown away by how warm and friendly they are, not to mention how incredible they were at teaching us how to be natural horsemen! Their skills are evident and they have a clear bond with the horses. I was lucky enough to have Piccolo, who was a stunner and lots of fun, and I’m having such withdrawals – I have literally thought of nothing else since returning home other than how I can get back there! The scenery was breathtaking every day, and we did such interesting rides, like nothing I have done before. We all loved the accommodation with Theresa – she was just lovely, and the food was delicious!
The group I went with felt like family after five days together. We have stayed in touch after our shared experience and I look forward to doing another trip again soon. I can’t speak highly enough of this ride!’

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Kim Boast

‘OMG it was heaven!
What was best, you ask?
Beautifully trained horses – I LOVED learning the art of natural horsemanship, then putting our skills to test through the obstacle course! My horse, Piccolo, took it all in his stride – what a champ.
The Tassie food trail – strawberries, cheese, salmon, chocolate, honey & wine – what more could you want but the most awesome beach ride finished up with freshly shucked oysters!
The mountain ride with the most incredible views, topped off by a wedge-tailed eagle appearing out of the scrub right in front of us – what a majestic creature, and how lucky were we!
The beautiful old bush tracks, visiting McLachlan Studios – stunning handmade jewellery and sculptures.
I simply cannot choose, as every day was different and just as awesome! Riding in pouring rain didn’t even put a dent in it – it was all so much fun. Jen and Jeremy worked hard to make our whole experience interesting, exciting, fun, relaxed, pampered and truly Tasmanian.
I cannot wait for my next adventure with Globetrotting – you really know how to put a horse riding holiday with all the bells and whistles together!’

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Susanna Brown

‘Another brilliant five days of riding with Jen and Jeremy and their A team of happy horses. I rode Moo, and she was great – responsive and energetic. And on the last day I had the chance to ride Jabberwocky, who I rode on the Grape Horse Adventure earlier this year. Jeremy and Jen were again incredibly patient, cheerful, helpful, and generous with us as guests in their home, and provided wonderful meals. The variety in this ride is a standout, from secret narrow trails through native forest, wide tracks through farmland, the long stretch of pristine beach at Narawntapu National Park, and climbing up the steep rocky scree to the summit of the Great Western Tiers to the most amazing view. Great food, great conversation, great companions. Just do it!’

Simone Lockhart

“We loved every second of the Tassie Tiger Trail and I fell totally in love with my super handsome purebred Arab, Colty. The highlight of the trip for us was the beach ride. There is nothing more exhilarating than cantering along a beach with windswept hair (and a windswept mane!) tasting the salty spray of the waves as hooves pound through the water. Thanks to Jeremy and Jen for going out of their way to make the trip so incredible. It was truly ‘h-awesome’.”

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