The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia

2-4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $1,750 AUD

Lush farmland, rugged mountains, spring-fed rivers, golden stretches of sandy beach, laid-back country towns and award-winning cellar doors – what more could you ask for in a Globetrotting destination?

The South Coast of New South Wales is a place where rugged, rocky mountains slope down to serene estuaries, where spring-fed rivers wind their way to the sparkling sea. It’s here amidst all of this natural beauty that some of Australia’s best food and wine is grown and produced.

Crowned one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 emerging destinations worldwide, the Shoalhaven region encompasses laid-back country towns, more award-winning cellar doors and restaurants than you can poke a stick at, a buzzing arts scene, lush farmland, pristine wilderness and sublime beaches. What more could we ask for as Globetrotters than to explore the innumerable wonders of this unique region astride bitless and barefoot Arabians?

With just four guests per departure, this five day, four night or three day, two night getaway is truly tailored to suit each rider, with every morning bringing the promise of immersive and unforgettable moments both on and off the horse.

From flying down the endless expanse of Seven Mile Beach to indulging in two course lunches with paired wines, we’ve crafted this itinerary to squeeze every drop of Globetrotting goodness out of the South Coast. Your hosts will leave no stone unturned in their quest to show you exactly why they believe the Shoalhaven truly is heaven on earth. By the time you fall into bed in your private room at Champagne Hill of an evening, your senses will be overwhelmed by the sights, tastes, sounds and sensations of this remarkable place.

So if naturally trained horses, gourmet cuisine, picture-perfect beaches, native bushland and more than a few drops of wine is your idea of paradise, the Shoalhaven awaits!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Arabian. And on the beach ride, the lovely horses are a variety of breeds including Thoroughbred, Australian Stock Horse, Quarter Horse and Clydie-cross.
  • Pace:The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 85kg / 187lbs.
  • Type of tack:Swinging fender Australian stock saddles and bitless hackamore bridles.
  • Seasons:September, October, November, April & May
  • Group size:This ride welcomes 4 guests per departure.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 2.5 to 5 hours a day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:You’ll be staying at our guide's beautiful family farmhouse set within a lush garden overlooking the stunning Shoalhaven region. The farmhouse has a modern French feel, evoking warmth and comfort with a dash of luxe. You’ll have your own bedroom with a queen bed, and a bathroom shared with one other guest. There is unlimited access to the farmhouse, kitchen, pool and tennis court. On cool nights, an open fire is lit so you can cosy up with a glass of wine and a book. Unlimited WiFi is also available and you’ll be provided with linen, towels, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
    NB: Two guests will be accommodated in the family farmhouse, while the other two will be accommodated in the pool house 20 metres away. For any guests who are particularly introverted, please inform us prior to departure and we'll ensure you're accommodated in the pool house.
  • Ride Length:There are 5 day, 4 night itineraries available as well as shorter 3 day, 2 night itineraries over specific weekends.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals, alcohol, single room accommodation, riding and transfers* from Sydney (specific locations).

    *Five-day ride only.

  • Exclusions:

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

    *Transfers are not included on the 3-day ride itinerary.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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September 17, 2021September 19, 2021SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
September 30, 2021October 4, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,450 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 14, 2021October 18, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,450 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 22, 2021October 24, 2021SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 30, 2021November 1, 2021SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
November 13, 2021November 15, 2021SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
March 26, 2022March 28, 2022SOLD OUT!
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April 2, 2022April 4, 20223 spots left
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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes meals, alcohol, single room accommodation and riding. Transfers from specific locations in Sydney are also included in the ride price for the 5 day, 4 night itinerary, but are NOT included for the 3 day, 2 night itinerary.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include flights or travel insurance (compulsory). Transfers are not included for the 3 day, 2 night itinerary.

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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  • Five Day Ride - Day 1

    Yippee, the moment has finally come – you’re off to the glorious Shoalhaven for five days of what can only be described as total bliss! This morning you will be collected from Sydney Airport at 10am (or a location south of Sydney on request) and transferred to Crooked River Winery in Gerringong (unless you’re self-driving, in which case, please arrive at the winery by 12pm). Here you’ll have a meet and greet with your ride host and guide Tiffany Gale, over a wine tasting and sumptuous two-course lunch.

    After lunch you’ll head to your accommodation at Champagne Hill to freshen up and change into your riding gear. You’ll then hit the round yard and get to know your trusty steed over a groundwork session, creating a strong foundation of trust, connection and relaxation. Then it’s time to mount up for a scenic trail ride in Champagne Hill’s conservation area, where you’ll wander amongst ferns and gaze up at the canopy of red bloodwood, Sydney peppermint gums and rough barked apple trees. 

    After this first glimpse at the Shoalhaven’s postcard-worthy scenery, you will retire with a glass of Prosecco and a cheese board just in time to soak up the sunset and the gorgeous views over Morton National Park before sitting down to dinner at Champagne Hill. If it’s a balmy evening, you’ll be treated to a wildlife/stargazing walk on which you just might spot a rock wallaby, wombat or eastern grey kangaroo.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 2

    After a big country breakfast, you’ll head to the horses and do some focus and relaxation work before setting out on the trail. Today you’ll trit-trot through Bugong National Park, winding through quintessential Australian bush in the aptly named Shoalhaven Sandstone Forest. If you’re lucky, hidden amongst the banksias, grass trees, turpentines and hard-leaved scribbly gums, you may spot an echidna, yellow bellied glider, yellow tailed black cockatoo or a goanna. The park’s unspoilt nature, combined with the nearby escarpment and Shoalhaven River, creates a strong sense of peace and solitude.

    After a canter along the open tracks, you’ll arrive at a breathtaking cliff edge overlooking the Shoalhaven Gorge – a view you won’t forget in a hurry! You’ll then trot on along bush-fringed tracks, with the opportunity to pop over a log or two if you wish. Finally, arriving at the awe-inspiring Coolendel Lookout, you’ll be met with a high tea with Prosecco scones, served upon rock formations overlooking the Shoalhaven River, Morton National Park and into the Ettrema wilderness.  Once everyone’s bellies and eyes are satisfied, you’ll mount up and meander back through the park before breezing through the vineyards of Lyrebird Organic Winery for a wine tasting of Chambourcin (red) and fortified wines (port).

    You’ll then unwind with a glass of your choice accompanied by local cheeses and condiments in front of the pot belly fire. Dinner will be at the award-winning Silo’s Estate – a delicious farm-to-plate, two-course meal accompanied by the infamous Silo’s Estate ‘Duck’s Nuts’ Shiraz or ‘Cat’s Meow’ Rose. Then it’s back to Champagne Hill for a well-earned rest.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 3

    Today’s itinerary will see you make the most of every single minute of your time on the NSW South Coast. Depending on the tide, your beach ride will either be at sunrise or early afternoon so today’s itinerary will be scheduled accordingly.

    For the beach ride, you’ll tiptoe along a golf course, before reaching a pristine beach as long as the eye can see.  Now’s your chance to canter on a loose rein for as long as your heart desires – a true highlight of the trip that will have you feeling completely at one with your horse.

    The wineries you’ll have the pleasure of visiting are Coolangatta Estate and Mountain Ridge Winery for wine tastings and a regional lunch platter (if you have an afternoon ride).

    You’ll also head over to Berry for a boutique shopping experience and let’s not forget a visit to the infamous donut van where you can enjoy some hot cinnamon donuts.

    And just in case you haven’t quite had enough great food and wine, lunch or dinner is at Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads (better known as Seven Mile Beach), where you’ll savour the region’s best produce made with local and native ingredients. Naturally, the wine list boasts a unique selection of fun, contemporary Australian wines as well as beautiful French varieties. No doubt you’ll be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow tonight, globetrotters!

    **Please be advised, today’s order of activities is largely dependent on the ocean’s tides, with the beach ride taking place at the best possible time to ensure there is a large stretch of sand on which to enjoy a wind-swept canter.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 4

    If you can fit in another bite, a beautiful breakfast is provided at Champagne Hill. You’ll then get re-acquainted with your horse and your guides will lead you out through the bush in search of a colony of threatened grey-headed flying foxes. You’ll then scamper down alongside a mountain of amazing rock formations, with opportunities to trot and canter along the way, before reaching the Shoalhaven River for a picnic lunch and swim. Your horse will gladly follow you into the water to freshen up as well! Then after a siesta, you’ll gather all your pluck to steer your horse back up the mountain and return to Champagne Hill.

    After this exhilarating ride, there’s the opportunity to enjoy a remedial massage (at an additional cost – approximately $85 for 45mins) in the privacy of the Pool House. Should you wish to indulge, it’s recommended that you make a booking at the same time that you reserve your saddle seat so you don’t miss out. The evening will be spent relaxing around the pool or the open fire (depending on the weather) with a Champagne Hill specialty cocktail before a casual on-site dinner and cards night.

  • Five Day Ride - Day 5

    It’s the last day of your ride today, boo! Once you’ve lapped up one final scrumptious breakfast at Champagne Hill, you’ll take the reins and follow you guides down nearby Abernethy’s Road, winding alongside caves, rock formations and streams with mountain valley views. Then you’ll head back up the mountain, where you’ll be able to really get the horses going with long trots and canters through the pristine bush.

    Finally, the time will come to bid adieu to the horse who has carried you bravely on your journey. You’ll enjoy a final lunch at the homestead then wave goodbye to your hosts and Champagne Hill and depart, bellies and hearts full!

    If you have booked the transfer service, you’ll be picked up and taken back to Sydney, arriving at either a location south of Sydney (on request and subject to time/distance) or Sydney Airport by approximately 4:30pm.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 1

    This shorter 3 day, 2 night itinerary takes in the very best highlights from the longer 5 day trek, and packs them tightly into a long weekend! So if you’re tight on time, we’ve got you covered – THIS is the ride for you.

    You’ll need to arrive at your host, Tiffany Gale’s property, Champagne Hill, no later than 10.30am today, so that you’re ready to hit the trail at 11am. You’ll trit-trot through Bugong National Park, winding through quintessential Australian bush in the aptly named Shoalhaven Sandstone Forest. After a canter along the open tracks, you’ll arrive at a breathtaking cliff edge overlooking the Shoalhaven Gorge – a view you won’t forget in a hurry! You’ll then trot on along bush-fringed tracks, with the opportunity to pop over a log or two if you wish.

    Finally, arriving at the awe-inspiring Coolendel Lookout, you’ll realise the morning’s adventures have worked up an appetite. But don’t worry, as you’ll be met with a high tea with Prosecco scones, served upon rock formations overlooking the Shoalhaven River, Morton National Park and into the Ettrema wilderness. 

    Once everyone’s bellies and eyes are satisfied, you’ll mount up and meander back through the park before breezing through the vineyards of Lyrebird Organic Winery for a wine tasting of Chambourcin (red) and fortified wines (port). You’ll then unwind with a glass of your choice accompanied by local cheeses and condiments in front of the pot belly fire.

    Dinner will be enjoyed at Champagne Hill. If it’s a balmy evening, you’ll be treated to a wildlife/stargazing walk on which you just might spot a rock wallaby, wombat or eastern grey kangaroo, before retiring to your rooms for a well-earned rest.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 2

    Today’s itinerary will see you make the most of every single minute of your time on the NSW South Coast. Depending on the tide, your beach ride will either be at sunrise or early afternoon so today’s itinerary will be scheduled accordingly.

    For the beach ride, you’ll tiptoe along a golf course, before reaching a pristine beach as long as the eye can see.  Now’s your chance to canter on a loose rein for as long as your heart desires – a true highlight of the trip that will have you feeling completely at one with your horse.

    The wineries you’ll have the pleasure of visiting are Coolangatta Estate and Mountain Ridge Winery for wine tastings and a regional lunch platter (if you have an afternoon ride).

    You’ll also head over to Berry for a boutique shopping experience and let’s not forget a visit to the infamous donut van where you can enjoy some hot cinnamon donuts.

    And just in case you haven’t quite had enough great food and wine, lunch or dinner is at Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads (better known as Seven Mile Beach), where you’ll savour the region’s best produce made with local and native ingredients. Naturally, the wine list boasts a unique selection of fun, contemporary Australian wines as well as beautiful French varieties. No doubt you’ll be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow tonight, globetrotters!

    **Please be advised, today’s order of activities is largely dependent on the ocean’s tides, with the beach ride taking place at the best possible time to ensure there is a large stretch of sand on which to enjoy a wind-swept canter.

  • Three Day Ride - Day 3

    Your final breakfast will be served at Champagne Hill, before you mount up one last time and follow your guides as they lead you out through the bush in search of a colony of threatened grey-headed flying foxes. You’ll then scamper down alongside a mountain of amazing rock formations, with opportunities to trot and canter along the way, before reaching the Shoalhaven River for a picnic lunch and swim. Your horse will gladly follow you into the water to freshen up as well! You’ll then steer your horse back up the mountain and arrive back at Champagne Hill at around 3.30pm after which you’re free to depart with your bellies and hearts full from three incredible days of adventure, food and wine.

  • Other Activities

    Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a remedial massage (at an additional cost) on day 4 of the 5-day itinerary. The approximate cost is $85 for 45 minutes, or $120 for 60mins, payable direct in cash. It is recommended that should you wish to indulge in this alternate activity, bookings be made at the same time you reserve your saddle seat (or as early as possible) so you don’t miss out.

  • Transfer Information

    5 DAY ITINERARY:

    Transfers are included in the ride price. On day one, you’ll be picked up from Sydney Airport at 10am (please ensure your flight arrives no later than 9.30am to give yourself time to collect your luggage and meet the transfer) or Heathcote Train Station (Princes Hwy) at 10.45am. You’ll then be transferred to Crooked River Winery in Gerringong. Here you’ll meet your host, Tiffany Gale, and enjoy a wine tasting and two-course lunch before heading to Champagne Hill to begin the ride.

    Self drive is also an option; please ensure you arrive at Crooked River Winery in Gerringong by 12pm. Private vehicles can be parked at Champagne Hill for the duration of the ride.

    On the final day of your ride, you will be dropped off at either Heathcote Train Station (at 3.45pm) or Sydney Airport by 4:30pm. Please book departing flights after 6:30pm.

    3 DAY ITINERARY:

    Transfers are NOT included in the ride price. It is recommended you self drive for this shorter itinerary (approx 2hrs 15mins south of Sydney Airport), and you’ll need to arrive at Champagne Hill by 10.30am on day 1 so you’re ready to ride out at 11am. On the last day, the ride will finish at around 3.30pm after which you’ll be free to depart.

    Round trip airport transfers from Sydney can be arranged for an additional $90 per person for a minimum 4 pax, or $180 per person for a minimum 2 pax. Please contact Globetrotting to arrange this.

    Should you be opting for this transfer service, you will be picked up at 8am on day 1, and be dropped off at 6pm on day 3. Please arrange your flight itinerary appropriately around these transfer times.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Shoalhaven Ride

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Jen Bowtell

‘The Shoalhaven Ride was the perfect mix of luxury and horse-lover adventure. Absolutely outstanding horses – confident, eager, willing, light and responsive, all ridden bitless with super comfy tack. I rode Shiloh and he was my absolute dream horse. If only I could take him home!! I loved the introductory groundwork with our horses, the spectacular picnic up on top of the lookout and the magical beach ride as the sun rose, and the speedy zoom up the mountain on the last day was a true highlight. Tiff was outstanding and the perfect host – we were so well looked after and sooo well fed! Ponies and picnics… you cannot ask for more than that!’

Janene Darben

‘From the moment we booked to the day we arrived at Champagne Hill, the level of service and professionalism was superb. And as soon as we drove up the driveway, we knew it was going to be an awesome weekend. The scenery and gloriously sunny, warm weather was only matched by the fun of riding in a well loved herd with all their personalities and foibles. My favourite experience was just simply watching the respect and love that Tiffany has for her horses. Add in a stunning sunrise ride on a deserted beach, a peaceful six hour ride through gorgeous, rejuvenating bushland, delicious food and warm, family-style hospitality and this ride can only be described as AMAZING. Well done Globetrotting and well done Tiffany!’

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Wendy Macken

‘The Shoalhaven Ride and its mix of bush and beach riding was truly a fabulous holiday. Tiff and her family are so welcoming and generous. The meals were simply divine and the accommodation was beyond beautiful. We all had our own rooms and the farmhouse was surrounded by stunning gardens overlooking the paddocks and distant mountains. The pool was an added bonus for quick dips after our rides. The beach ride at sunrise would have to be my favourite day and will remain with me forever. We had long canters along the sand, dipping in and out of the water. It was so much fun and while it was fast, the horses never felt out of control. I really enjoyed our trips out to local restaurants and vineyards, too. We all felt very spoilt.’

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Bev Fosh

‘Wow wow wow!!! This ride is honestly up there as one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on. Each day was fabulous. We had the most amazing time.
Tiffany, her beautiful family and Bernie all bent over backwards to welcome us and make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. They made us feel like part of the family. It was obvious the horses were so well cared for, and I completely fell in love with the beautiful Freddie! The scenery, rides, food and wine were all outstanding. Thank you!’

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Virginia Tropeano

‘We could not have asked for a better host and guide than Tiff. She went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our holiday, taking into account things my 11 year old granddaughter could also enjoy. I rode Drover, who was very sweet, willing, safe and well behaved. The beach riding stands out in my memory: due to the timing of the tides we had an early morning ride, which was lovely, with good long canters along the edge of the waves. The accommodation was excellent. We all enjoyed our dips in the pool after each day’s ride and I especially liked Tiff’s cocktails. The stand-out food experience for me was riding all the way to the top of the mountain to find that Tiff’s parents had set up a table complete with white tablecloth, delicate sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and other delicious goodies… fantastic!
Experiencing this ride with my five granddaughters was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful that Tiff and her parents made this such a lovely time for us to spend together.’

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Jo Momsen

‘This ride was the perfect long-weekend getaway. The horses were wonderful – naturally trained, and you could tell they were loved and cared for. I rode Flick, who was forward and responsive, surefooted and fast. It was my first time riding in bitless bridles and they were excellent. It felt no different to a normal bridle, but so much softer and more comfortable for the horse. The rides were spectacular. The food and wines were delicious and the company outrageously fun. I enjoyed every second of this ride – except having to leave and say goodbye to new friends.’

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Shelley Bell

‘It was really nice to be so well looked after, with everything taken care of; I felt very spoilt. I rode Freddie, Tex and Masarah – all different, but all comfortable and easy-going. It was my first time using a bitless bridle and I thought it was great! There was a great mix of everything over the three days: riding, wineries, shopping, eating and relaxing – perfect! Tiff was also very open to accommodating what we wanted to do. The guides were amazing and the value for money was excellent. Loved the delicious homemade meals! The horsemanship was beautiful and the hospitality couldn’t get any better.’

The Shoalhaven Ride, New South Wales, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Anne-Marie Stewart

‘The Shoalhaven Ride is a wonderful experience. The guides, Tiff and Bernie, made sure we had everything we needed, providing great rides at different paces, nice canter tracks and wonderful sightseeing. The horses are lovely, safe, and know their jobs. I was lucky to ride Shiloh, who is such an easy-going boy. He is soft and forward, and I enjoyed every moment with him. I shared the self-contained cottage with my friend Kaye and it was perfect. The swimming pool at Champagne Hill was the perfect way to cool down after riding. All the meals were lovely and the high tea on the escarpment was extra special. So much love and care had been put into it and the views were breathtaking. Tiffany, Bernie, Lenny and Lorraine are such beautiful people, and so welcoming. They have thought of everything to ensure you have a special holiday.’

The Shoalhaven Ride, New South Wales, Australia - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Joanne Flint

‘I had the absolute pleasure of joining a great group of ladies for a three day Shoalhaven Ride. I highly recommend a trip to The Shoalhaven to experience this getaway. Tiff, Bernie, Lorraine and Lenny were all wonderful hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was excellent and we were made to feel welcome and at home. The horses are beautiful-natured, a testament to how Tiff cares for and treats them. I rode Freddie, who was perfect for me. He had a cheeky personality and was smooth to ride. I can’t pick a favourite moment – I loved it all. The river ride on the last day was particularly great, and we were able to get in some good trots and canters and a few little jumps here and there. I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to go back!’

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