The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia

2-4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $1,800 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 in 2022, NOT 2023.

  • Exclusions:

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

    *Transfers are not included on the 3-day ride itinerary, not any itineraries in 2023.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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September 21, 2022September 25, 2022SOLD OUT!
$3,500 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 1, 2022October 3, 2022SOLD OUT!
$1,800 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 8, 2022October 10, 2022SOLD OUT!
$1,800 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 19, 2022October 23, 2022SOLD OUT!
$3,500 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
November 5, 2022November 7, 2022SOLD OUT!
$1,800 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
March 25, 2023March 27, 2023SOLD OUT!
$2,145 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
April 7, 2023April 11, 2023SOLD OUT!
$3,980 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
April 21, 2023April 25, 2023SOLD OUT!
$3,980 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
May 5, 2023May 9, 20234 spots left
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May 19, 2023May 23, 20234 spots left
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June 3, 2023June 5, 2023SOLD OUT!
$2,145 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
September 23, 2023September 25, 2023Only 1 spot left!
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September 30, 2023October 2, 2023SOLD OUT!
$2,145 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
October 13, 2023October 17, 20234 spots left
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October 27, 2023October 31, 20234 spots left
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November 10, 2023November 14, 20232 spots left
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November 24, 2023November 28, 20234 spots left
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PLEASE NOTE: As directed by our ride partner, all guests must be fully Covid-vaccinated to take part in this ride.

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.

NB: Transfers are NOT included in either ride itinerary for the 2023 season.

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, if you’ve opted for the transfer service, you will be collected from Sydney Airport at 10am 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 Airport, arriving by approximately 4:30pm – 5pm.

  • 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 (for 2022 only). 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.

    **NB: For the 2023 season, transfers are not included in the ride price but are available if required, starting from $150 per person (price variable depending on how many guests require this service).

    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.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Shoalhaven Ride

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Robyn O’Keefe

‘The Shoalhaven Ride is an enjoyable blend of riding and relaxation, mixed with food and wine experiences. The hospitality and accommodation are excellent. Tiff shows an obvious love and dedication to her horses, who, in turn, are calm, well trained and a pleasure to ride. I rode Shiloh, who was kind, forward-going and responsive, a real darling. I also enjoyed the opportunity to ride Texas on Seven Mile Beach. I rarely have the opportunity to ride large horses and he was dreamy!’

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Drisha Patel

‘Often while at work, I find myself daydreaming about how I’d rather be on horseback, in the fresh air, on an adventure, with no worries and eating food I’m too lazy to make at home with a glass of wine. This daydream is The Shoalhaven Ride! The adventure begins with views of a maple tree lined driveway and horses in their fields. Knowing one of them is all yours for the duration of your stay makes it even more thrilling (especially if you get Marsara – she’s amazing and super responsive). Every day is fun-filled, with food from the home and at restaurants, wine, horses and riding through nature with different terrains and views. Tiff and her family make you feel like part of the household and you will end up wanting to live there!’

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Barb Horog

‘This was my first Globetrotting ride and I’m so glad I booked. It was nice to get away after border closures and a crazy busy year! I haven’t been this happy or smiled this much (as is evident in every photo) in a long time. Tiff, her parents and Bernie are the most genuine, kindest people you will ever meet. The horses are amazing, and so well looked after. The home cooked meals and the restaurant choices were all great. You definitely won’t go hungry on this ride! I can’t wait to continue my Globetrotting adventures around Australia and the world.’

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Christa Hunt

‘Everything was fabulous: the food, the accommodation, the bitless riding, the environment, the companionship and my magnificent horse, Drover. Tiffany was a very patient and supportive guide. My favourite experience was riding through the countryside and stopping for a delicious high tea on top of the mountain. I would definitely recommend this holiday!’

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Katheryn Davies

‘Every day of this ride was enjoyable and the value for money was excellent. I had an especially nice time on day 3 when we rode down to the river and played around skimming stones, then tucked into a simple saddle bag lunch. I was very happy with both the yummy home cooked meals and the gourmet restaurant dining. Our hosts were super friendly, lovely and kind to the horses and guests. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I rode Phoenix, a gorgeous, nice and sensible horse, and on the beach ride I had Tex, whose personality made it a very fun experience.’

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Vickie Boon

‘The most amazing memories have been created on this beautiful holiday. Tiffany, Lenny and Lorraine are the most caring hosts who make sure you are happy and content all the time. Big thanks to the lovely Bernie for being a fabulous guide on the trail rides. The horses are just beautiful, and so well cared for. Tiff’s love for them is apparent. It’s unbelievable how much I learnt from her just through conversation! I was matched with Drover and he was absolutely amazing. On the beach ride I had Vegas, who was also amazing – a beautiful canter along the beach is an absolute must!
I booked this trip 12 months prior and can honestly say that it exceeded all of my expectations. It’s something you have to experience to believe! If you love horse riding, delicious food, wine, beach and bushland, then check this place out. You won’t regret it!’

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Sally Douglas

‘The Shoalhaven Ride was a fabulous riding, food and wine experience in a beautiful region. It was my first Globetrotting trip and I loved it. We had a variety of wonderful dining experiences at our accommodation, on rides, and at restaurants and wineries. Tiff and Bernie knew their environment and horses like the back of their hands. They were always ready to engage with our group, and made sure everyone was comfortable along the way. Len and Lorraine looked after us at home and on our picnic – the prosecco scones at Illaroo Lookout were quite something! Our fantastic morning on Seven Mile Beach with no one else around was a ride like none before, and my horse Texas seemed to enjoy it as much as me. On the trail rides I had the pleasure of riding Flick, a veritable Black Beauty who loves his life and is a true gentleman. I would recommend this ride to anyone who is keen to try a Globetrotting trip.’

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Lisa Hines

‘It’s three days after my ride and I feel so relaxed and peaceful. Days of riding along the beach and bush tracks through the stunning national park have been so therapeutic for the soul. Add to that great company and fantastic food, and what more could you want? An experience I will treasure. I can’t wait for my next Globetrotting adventure.’

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Rachel Coombs

‘I can’t praise our three day Shoalhaven Ride enough! To say it was awesome doesn’t come close. Beautiful hosts, meals, accommodation and horses – a winning combination. Tiff was awesome, and she and Bernie made a great pair. Tiff has done an amazing job with her horses. I rode Shiloh, a beautiful, very trustworthy boy who made me feel safe and relaxed immediately. The bush riding was lovely and relaxing, and the beach ride was a big tick off the bucket list!’

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