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 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.
- Horse Breed:Arabian and Arabian cross
- Pace:Variable, depending on the terrain, with opportunities to trot and canter.
- Weight Limit:Maximum of 90kg/198lbs
- Type of tack:State of the art lightweight endurance saddles
- Seasons:November through to February
- Group size: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 two to six 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 three hours per day with extended periods of trotting.
- Accommodation:Guests stay in B&B style accommodation in the heart of Deloraine with comfortable ensuite rooms.
- Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights
The price includes meals, beer and wine, 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. Settle in to the beautiful Bonney’s Inn and meet your hosts, Jeremy Ford and Jen Clingly. Travel to Gem Farm in the afternoon for your introductory ride. The team of horses will show you their clever skills and tricks on the obstacle course before you take a twilight ride in the local surrounding forest. Wildlife abounds at the property, expect to ride across possums, wallabies, quolls, echidnas and a variety of Australian birdlife. For dinner guests will be treated with a home-cooked meal showcasing Tassie’s best gourmet fare and wines. Globetrotting recommends flying into Launceston no later than noon to squeeze an afternoon ride in.
After a filling breakfast of fresh fruit, bacon and eggs from Bonney’s Inn you’ll have the opportunity to experience the obstacle course yourself with your fine steed. This is a great opportunity to become acquainted with your horse before you begin your ride over Barratts Bridge and across the sparkling, transparent Meander River. You’ll follow the river along before riding up Long Ridge to the famous Montana Falls. There are plenty of opportunities to stretch out the horses into a canter along these narrow tracks.
For lunch, we ride to 41 Degrees South, a salmon farm – to indulge in their taste testing and enjoy a delicious lunch of smoked salmon platters. After lunch, we’ll ride home through farmlands and bush and a neighbourly stop at local yet world-class jewellers, McLachlan Studios. The studio setting and unique designer jewellery is a great end to the day.
Today guests take in the Great Western Tiers. The 360 degree views at the lunch spot will take your breath away. The horse riding track is picturesque in every way, weaving through native bush, through rainforest and then rocky escarpments to true mountain wilderness on ‘top of the world’ at Golden Valley and the majestic Quamby Bluff.
Today guests head to the beach of famous Narantapu National Park – Tasmania’s smallest national park and the only National Park where horses are allowed access to its trail and 16 kilometre stretch of beach. The wildlife is prolific, wombats and wallabies escort you to the beach, dolphins frolic in the waves in front. Your chefs will collect fresh seafood including abalone, oysters for a seafood extravaganza dinner. On route to the beach guests will have the opportunity to experience the cream of Tasmanian fine food – Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Ashgrove Cheese, and the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory and Honey Farm to taste over 50 varieties of honey.
On your last day guests will enjoy a early morning ride on the famous Tasmanian Trail which is part of Australia’s Bicentennial Trail. A real treat is riding to Gem Farm’s resident Wedge Tail Eagles nest. There is a great viewing platform to peer into the nest and watch the activity of Australia’s largest bird of prey. After your morning ride guests have the opportunity to mooch around the picturesque township of Deloraine. Take a stroll around the town, or along the riverbanks of the Meander River, you will soon discover Deloraine is home to a large number of artists and craftspeople who draw their inspiration from the magnificent scenery all around.
We recommend flying into Launceston no later than 12 noon on day 1 of your ride. Departing flights can be booked after 3pm on the final day. Transfers to and from Launceston are included in the ride price.
What our valued Globetrotters say about The Tassie Tiger Trail
‘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!’
“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’.”
‘The Tassie Tiger Trail is the perfect way to get back in the saddle for people who have not done much horse riding in recent years. Over five days you establish a rapport with your horse and build up your confidence while also enjoying the beautiful scenery of northern Tasmania and some great foodie experiences. The horses are highly trained and highly responsive. The hosts – Jeremy and Jen – are former endurance riders and two of the nicest people you would meet anywhere. Their enthusiasm, positivity and sense of humour were contagious and gave everyone a sense of joie de vivre.’
‘I had the most amazing time on the Tassie Tiger Trail. Jeremy and Jen left no stone unturned, from selecting our horses and making sure we all understood how to control and enjoy them to feeding us and showing us the best time. I would highly recommend this ride to all levels of riders. I absolutely adored my horse Ruby – I so wish I could have taken her home. I would go back in a heartbeat.’
‘This is the most amazing way to experience Tasmania on well trained, beautiful horses. I would recommend it to anyone who loves horses and exploring. The hosts, Jen and Jeremy, are the loveliest couple I have ever met. They perfectly matched me with Moo, who was one of the most soft and responsive horses I have ever ridden. I had the time of my life and hope to join Jen, Jeremy and Moo on the Grape Horse Adventure in the future.’
‘Jen and Jeremy are delightful! Their love and joy for horses and what they do is obvious and contagious. Knowledgeable, caring and always mindful of safety for horses and riders, they ensured we had the best experience of natural horsemanship, the Tasmanian landscape and hospitality. My horse, Mr Squiggle, was a true gentleman. Beautiful, well mannered, gentle, and exceptionally well trained. As an endurance horse, he was more than up to the task – forward moving and fun to ride. The weather was sensational! Clear skies and warmer than expected. The scenery was stunning, as was the village of Deloraine where we stayed. I met a bunch of fabulous women and as a group we bonded easily. Climbing the Western Tiers, riding along the coastline and visiting the many artisanal food and craft businesses were just some of the highlights. Thank you Jen and Jeremy and thank you Globetrotting. I’ll be booking my next ride very soon!’
‘This was our first Globetrotting experience and it couldn’t have been better. Jen and Jeremy made us all so welcome and our horses were so well trained and sure-footed. We felt 100% safe whether we were familiarising ourselves with our horses on the obstacle course, riding up and down steep hills, through the bush or along the beautiful beach. We fell in love with our horses, Ruby and Opal, and would have brought them home in a heartbeat if Jen and Jeremy would have parted with them! Our hostess at Bonny’s Inn, Teresa, was lovely. She made everyone feel like one big happy family and was so accommodating. All our meals – at the B&B, the restaurants and at Jen and Jeremy’s – were fabulous. We couldn’t have wished for better. We will be back!’
‘I really loved building a connection and understanding with my horse over the trip, starting with the obstacle course and daily groundwork, and culminating with flying down the beach.’
“What an amazing way to see beautiful Tasmania; through a pair of beautiful Arab ears!”