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.
- 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.
The price includes meals, beer and wine, private room accommodation, riding, and transfers to and from Launceston Airport or accommodation.
The price does not include flights or travel insurance (compulsory).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
‘This ride was so worth waiting for and comes highly recommended. We had sunshine every day, delicious meals, so much laughter and a great bunch of riders. My horse Gem was an Arab x Standardbred – sweet natured, responsive, a good walker, and loved a liquorice treat. We were blessed to be taken care of by both the old and the new guides, and the level of service was second to none. Everything was ready to go, from picking us up from our accommodation to having the horses saddled and waiting. Ellie and Marcus’s property is huge, with so many great trails and an option to swim at lunch, which was so refreshing. They are so enthusiastic, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing an awesome experience – Jen and Jeremy can rest easy knowing that their legacy will continue.’
‘Being a second time Tassie Tiger Trail rider, I knew what to expect. Things had changed though! There were new guides, Marcus and Ellie. Jeremy and Jen were still around making sure that the transition was going smoothly, so we got the best of both worlds. Marcus and Ellie are just like Jen and Jeremy: exceptional horse people and amazing human beings. Friendly, down to earth, and nothing was too much trouble. I had a great week, met some lovely fellow riders, and most importantly felt safe. Tasmania turned on the most perfect weather and we were bathed in sunshine every day. We ate consistently well, from the salmon farm to the raspberry farm, to the great home made meals at Blakes Manor and the amazing catering boxes. I rode Amber, who was safe, reliable, steady and very surefooted. Each day was a different adventure. All in all, it was a great ride. I’m looking forward to doing the Grape Horse Adventure with Marcus, Ellie, Jeremy and Jen in March.’
‘Jeremy and Jenny are the most kind and gentle people who only instill confidence in rider and horse. The guests love them as much as their adoring horses. I was matched up with the gentle giant Jabberwocky, who led the way and was very comforting and comfortable to ride. The whole experience allows you optimum horse time as well as showcasing the Deloraine region of Tasmania. A real adventure for lovers of horses and nature.’
‘The Tassie Tiger Trail was a great experience for my daughter Tara and I, and an opportunity to bond over horses and nature. The accommodation was unique and very comfortable. The small group size enabled us all to get to know one another throughout the trip. Our horses Frank and Colty were well selected to suit our level of experience and they performed perfectly and safely. I was very impressed with the entire team of horses. Tara was able to improve her skill and courage under Jeremy’s mentoring and I enjoyed swapping yarns with him as well. Jen is a polished host with a very approachable personality.
Every day was enjoyable and interesting, with lovely trails to explore. The day in the mountains was breathtaking, but for me the beach ride was the standout. It was a first for both me and Tara – magical and fun with plenty of laughs. I would highly recommend this ride to anyone who enjoys nature and good company.’
‘What an amazing five days – Jen, Jeremy and Meg welcomed us from the first minute. They love and know their horses and their surrounding regions and neighbours, and were so delighted to share them with us. Each day was different: ground work and obstacles, riding trails along a river, climbing a mountain with views in every direction, riding along a wide open beach in the national park.
Jen and Jeremy have amazing insight into their horses and picked a winner for every rider. I was privileged to ride the magnificent Moonlight, a proud and confident mare who was very surefooted, responsive and eager. I would love to steal her and make her my own. The saddle was the most comfortable I have ever ridden in, too.
The days were filled with great stories, riding tips and wonderful food (the French toast at the raspberry farm – I think I died and went to heaven)! I loved it all!’
‘My very first solo traveller holiday ended up being the Tassie Tiger Trail in Tasmania with Jen and Jeremy. The bar could not have been set any higher!
Piccolo and I were a perfect match – he had the ability to read my energy and confidence levels perfectly and adjust accordingly. The horsemanship session on day one really set us all up for success. My confidence as a rider increased with every hour and after a couple of days in the saddle, we thoroughly enjoyed a canter along the beach as well as a climb up a mountain. Jen, Jeremy and Meg were the most amazing guides and hosts and made the entire experience so special. Great conversations, belly laughs and insights into Tasmania’s flora and fauna. Not only was the riding amazing, but the food and cultural experiences were up there, too. The time went way too fast, so the only thing that’s left to do is return again next year!’
‘My favourite day was climbing the mountain – the trail up was beautiful. It was such a great experience, with fantastic views from the top. The accommodation was great. I loved the old world decor and the history of Blakes Manor. The home cooked meals were lovely, and I also loved the salmon farm platters. Jen and Jeremy were very knowledgeable horse people who looked after everyone on the ride. I was very happy with the standard of tack and my horse Ruby was great – well trained and reliable for the nervous rider that I am. I would love to ride her again on a future trip and am already booked on another ride with Jen and Jeremy in three months’ time.’
‘Best hosts. Fantastic horses. Perfect itinerary. Superb scenery. Fantastic food. Excellent accommodation. I loved every day!
I have never met guides the calibre of Jen and Jeremy. They were always happy, relaxed and genuine. I felt very welcome and at ease. I had great respect for their knowledge of horses and the environment we rode through. They were great conversationalists, with many amusing stories to tell. Jeremy was brilliant at matching horses to riders. Ruby was perfect: very well trained, obedient, willing to please, fit, healthy and strong. She enjoyed a trot and canter, was responsive to light aids, and was armchair-smooth to ride. She powered up the mountain and picked her way very carefully through rocky areas.
I have never tasted such consistently high-standard food in terms of flavour, presentation, service and surroundings. Every meal was superb! Best holiday ever.’
‘Globetrotting holidays tick all the boxes for the best organised riding holiday! Not to mention the great people you meet along the way! Every day was amazing. I especially loved the ride to the top of the Western Tiers. I rode Piccolo and I loved him – he was brilliant! Jen, Jeremy and Meg, thank you for a wonderful week, and a big thank you to all of the amazing horses! Sit back and enjoy the ride, you will have a blast!’