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.

The Shoalhaven region is the jewel in the South Coast’s crown, encompassing laid-back country towns, more award-winning cellar doors and restaurants than you can poke a stick at, a buzzing arts scene, lush farmland and pristine wilderness. 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 for the beach ride, you’ll have the pleasure of riding a variety of breeds, from TB to Australian Stock Horse, Quarter Horse & Clydie X.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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 11, 2020September 13, 20204 spots left
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
September 18, 2020September 20, 2020SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
September 26, 2020September 28, 2020SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 3, 2020October 5, 2020SOLD OUT!
$1,750 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 15, 2020October 19, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,450 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 30, 2020November 1, 20202 spots left
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November 12, 2020November 16, 2020Only 1 spot left!
$3,450 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBook
April 2, 2021April 6, 20214 spots left
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April 14, 2021April 18, 20212 spots left
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May 27, 2021May 31, 20214 spots left
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September 30, 2021October 4, 20214 spots left
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October 14, 2021October 18, 20214 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 test your skills on the obstacle course before heading out 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

    Yet another splendid day dawns at Champagne Hill, where you have the option to hit the pool or the tennis court to get your blood pumping ahead of the day’s horse riding and wine tasting. First up, you’ll be driven to Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads (better known as Seven Mile Beach), where you’ll savour the region’s best coffee and a breakfast made with local and native ingredients. You’ll then start the day’s winery trail at the award-winning Two Figs Winery, where you’ll be treated to a personalised and informative wine tasting experience.

    Next up is Coolangatta Estate Winery, where you’ll enjoy an adventurous climb up Mt Coolangatta onboard Bigfoot (a huge 4WD open sided tractor-bus), from where you’ll get to enjoy some of the best views of the South Coast. Then it’s back down to the winery for another tasting followed by a regional lunch plate with matching wines. You’ll be kept entertained with live music while you eat, then with your cheeks tickled pink and your belt buckle loosened, it’s on to the highlight of the day: the riding.

    After tiptoeing across a golf course, you’ll reach 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. Then you’ll head over to Mountain Ridge Winery for one last wine tasting experience as the sun sets over the mountains. An exclusive shopping experience (complete with Champagne!) at a top little boutique in Berry will also be enjoyed.

    And just in case you haven’t quite had enough great food and wine, dinner is at Queen Street Eatery in Berry, where the menu draws inspiration from classic French bistro dishes with a fresh, South Coast spin. Naturally, the wine list boasts a unique selection of fun, contemporary Australian wines as well as beautiful French varieties. Oh and let’s not forget an after-dinner visit to the infamous donut van in Berry where you can enjoy some hot cinnamon donuts for desert. 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! This morning’s ride has actually brought you close to the entrance of Bundanon Grounds and Art Gallery, a place rich in history and Indigenous culture. So after a siesta, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the homestead and gallery, before gathering 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 – $70 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, wave goodbye to your hosts and Champagne Hill, and take a drive through Kangaroo Valley, often called ‘Australia’s prettiest valley’!

    Stopping for lunch on the drive back, you’ll visit Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop (‘the world’s best pies’ according to many!) for their infamous apple pie in the shape of an apple. From here you’ll be picked up and transported 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. First up, you’ll be driven to Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads (better known as Seven Mile Beach), where you’ll savour the region’s best coffee and a breakfast made with local and native ingredients. You’ll then start the day’s winery trail at the award-winning Two Figs Winery, where you’ll be treated to a personalised and informative wine tasting experience.

    Next up is Coolangatta Estate Winery, where you’ll enjoy an adventurous climb up Mt Coolangatta onboard Bigfoot (a huge 4WD open sided tractor-bus), from where you’ll get to enjoy some of the best views of the South Coast. Then it’s back down to the winery for another tasting followed by a regional lunch plate with matching wines. You’ll be kept entertained with live music while you eat, then with your cheeks tickled pink and your belt buckle loosened, it’s on to the highlight of the day: the riding.

    After tiptoeing across a golf course, you’ll reach 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. Then you’ll head over to Mountain Ridge Winery for one last wine tasting experience as the sun sets over the mountains. An exclusive shopping experience (complete with Champagne!) at a top little boutique in Berry will also be enjoyed. 

    And just in case you haven’t quite had enough great food and wine, dinner is at Queen Street Eatery in Berry, where the menu draws inspiration from classic French bistro dishes with a fresh, South Coast spin. Naturally, the wine list boasts a unique selection of fun, contemporary Australian wines as well as beautiful French varieties. Oh and let’s not forget an after-dinner visit to the infamous donut van in Berry where you can enjoy some hot cinnamon donuts for desert. 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 cost is $70 for 45 minutes 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.

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