Yarra Valley Ride, Australia

3 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $1,980 AUD

From pristine bushland to world class wineries, the places you’ll go astride your willing steed will leave your globetrotting heart (and belly!) full to the brim.

The Yarra Valley stretches northeast of Melbourne like the sweep of a paintbrush, full of vibrant colours, fantastic flavours and diverse natural beauty. From pristine bushland to world class wineries, the places you’ll go astride your willing steed will leave your globetrotting heart (and belly!) full to the brim.

Your host, Clancy Lewis, has been guiding horse rides in the Yarra for decades and knows every trail inside-out. He’ll show you all the best-kept secrets of his beloved valley and do his utmost to make this the best minibreak of your life. The combination of spectacular riding trails and immersive off-the-horse experiences makes each day feel more magical than the last. You’ll also be plied with plenty of gourmet food and wine, whether around the campfire, at a fine-dining restaurant or in secluded picnic spots.

Your accommodation in Chum Creek hits all the right notes, with two nights in gorgeous, well-appointed huts {shared bathroom and toilet facilities} at the base of the valley and one night at a rustic mountain hut. Here you can choose to get a taste of ‘swag life’ or cosy up in the hut, but either way, the morning views will take your breath away.

With three full days of riding and a generous helping of food, wine and laughter guaranteed, the Yarra Valley Ride is perhaps the ULTIMATE Aussie Globetrotting mini-break.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Quarter Horse cross, Percheron cross, Standardbred and Clydie cross.
  • Pace:The pace is variable, depending on the nature of the terrain. Guests need to ensure they are fit enough to post to the trot for minutes at a time.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 209lbs.
  • Type of tack:Australian stock saddles.
  • Seasons:All year round, excluding July and August.
  • Group size:A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, between 5 to 6 hours a day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for all abilities.
    *If you are a beginner rider, you are expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting/rising to the trot, and be willing to try cantering.
     Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:On nights 1 and 3, guests will stay at the well-appointed ‘Chum Creek Huts’ located at the base of your hosts’ beautiful property in the Yarra Valley. Each of these two huts has a fireplace and private deck overlooking the tranquil countryside. Twin share or queen sized bedrooms are available, with shared bathrooms. Please be aware this is twin-share accomodation only. Guests will be sharing a room with another GT’er of the same gender and there are shared bathroom facilities. And for those in a hurry, there are additional shower facilities nearby.
    On night 2, guests will have exclusive and private use of the rustic Yarra Valley Mountain Hut that has sweeping views of the Yarra Valley and Great Dividing Range. Set beside this hut are four separate bunkhouses each with two double bed bunk beds with amazing views to wake up to. There are cold running water facilities available at this hut, but no hot showers. A standalone toilet is available.
    *There is also the possibility of sleeping under the stars in a double swag (provided) if preferred on night 2.
  • Ride Length:3 days, 3 nights with 3 riding days.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals (from lunch on day 1 through to breakfast on the final day), twin share accommodation and riding throughout the itinerary.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol, or transfers to/from the ride location.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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December 3, 2021December 6, 20215 spots left
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April 8, 2022April 11, 20226 spots left
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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes meals (from lunch on day 1 through to breakfast on the final day), twin share accommodation and riding throughout the itinerary.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol, or transfers to/from the ride location.

**There is no single supplement available on this ride, although you are welcome to sleep out under the stars in a swag (which can be provided) should you wish.

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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  • Day 1

    Yippee, your Yarra Valley adventure is about to begin! Arriving at your host’s property, Chum Creek, by 9.30am, you’ll check into your accommodation, the gorgeous Chum Creek Huts. Then, once you’ve met your guides and fellow globetrotters, you’ll head to the horse yards to meet your equine partner.

    Once everyone is comfortable in the saddle, your guides will lead you up over Paul’s Range and into Toolangi State Forest. Trotting beneath majestic eucalypts and tree ferns, you’ll see an incredible array of birds flying and calling from the canopy, and maybe even wildlife such as wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, goannas and deer hiding amidst the undergrowth. Emerging onto picturesque country laneways, you’ll ride to De Bortoli Estate, one of the most prestigious wineries in the Yarra. Here you’ll leave the horses to rest outside while you and your fellow globetrotters sit down to a gourmet lunch at De Bortoli’s restaurant, ‘Locale’, before indulging in a wine tasting at the cellar door.

    Then it’s back to the horses for a relaxing ride home through the bush to Chum Creek, where a tasty dinner will be served.

  • Day 2

    Waking up to birdsong in your cosy, well-appointed hut, you’ll be presented with a hearty cooked breakfast on the front porch overlooking the valley. After filling up, it’s time to heed the call of the horse yards and mount up for another terrific day’s riding in the Yarra Valley. Heading down a different track in Toolangi State Forest, you’ll ride deeper into the bushland, with opportunities to canter should you feel the urge. The higher you go, the taller the trees grow and the air slightly thins. The views are spectacular, so don’t forget your camera!

    The crew will meet you at Toolangi for a true Australian barbeque lunch, before you head off again through native forest tracks and along ridge lines, making your way to the exclusive ‘Yarra Valley Mountain Hut’ for a campfire dinner under the stars and a wine tasting courtesy of local winery, Tokar Estate. Sitting back next to the fire, drink in hand, stories flowing, taking in the phenomenal view across the Yarra Valley, you’ll feel a profound sense of ease. Does life get any better, globetrotters?

  • Day 3

    Blinking away the sleep dust this morning, you’ll be greeted by the sounds, sights and smells of a Yarra Valley morning, with another delicious cooked breakfast waiting for you. You’ll then greet your trusty steed and prepare for one final, glorious ride. From temperate rainforests to craggy ridge lines, today’s scenery will stick with you for years to come. On reaching your lunch spot, the horses will take a break while your hosts whip up a barbeque lunch and drinks. Afterwards, the path winds its way back to Chum Creek Huts (where you stayed on night 1). There’ll be time to relax on the deck before sitting down to dinner al fresco with your new globetrotting compadres.

  • Day 4

    One last filling breakfast will be served this morning, after which you’re free to say a fond farewell to your horse, guides and fellow guests and head home, heart brimming with the freedom and elation that comes from three full days in the saddle.

  • Transfer Information

    There are no transfers available for this ride. It is recommended that you either self-drive, or arrange your own transfer from a provider based in Melbourne or the Yarra Valley (our ride partner recommends either Felix Chow – 0468 476 755, or Michael Glasson – 0418 994 586).

    You’ll need to arrive at Chum Creek Huts (221 Heath Road, Chum Creek – go to the end of Heath Road) by 9.30am on day 1 of the itinerary. On the last day you’re free to depart anytime after breakfast.

    Should you wish to arrive and stay at the Chum Creek Huts the night before your ride officially begins, this can be arranged with your ride hosts at a cost of $300 per person twin share, which includes a continental breakfast. Please inform us should you wish to arrive a day early and we’ll connect you with your hosts to make the final arrangements.

    Alternatively, we recommend the RACV Country Club in Healesville (only 5mins from Chum Creek Huts), or Balgownie Estate in Yarra Glen (approx 20mins away).

  • Additional Activities

    Should you wish to enjoy a massage during your ride, these can be arranged on Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon between 5 and 7pm. Bookings are essential – please contact Globetrotting to arrange. The price is $66 for 30mins, $88 for 45mins or $110 for 60mins, payable in cash direct to the masseur.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Yarra Valley Ride

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Candace Gibson

‘Top marks to Clancy, Vanessa, Dick, and the wonderful team of helpers on the Yarra Valley Ride. They have set a very high bar for my first Globetrotting experience! I rode Sugar, who was an absolute sweetheart with a lovely soft mouth, good head carriage and a lovely temperament. I was very impressed with the standard of tack, as well. The scenery was amazing and the length of the rides well judged. The food was exceptional, the beds were really comfortable and everything was super clean and cosy. The open fire was amazing.
I was particularly impressed with Clancy’s flexible attitude, consulting widely to ensure everyone had the experience they wanted. Vanessa is a woman of many talents: practical, caring, an exceptional horsewoman, and a knowledgeable vigneron. Clancy couldn’t have picked a better second guide.
I would definitely recommend this ride. I have taken away some precious memories.’

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Yuen Chang

‘From start to finish, an incredible experience that I will never forget. I rode Bob, who was delightfully responsive, had a lovely smooth canter, and was unbelievably surefooted. Clancy and his team were simply amazing. Friendly, easy-going, very knowledgeable and extremely experienced. They welcomed us like family. I loved meeting like-minded fellow globetrotters from all walks of life, all with intriguing stories to tell. It was just amazing to enjoy such a wonderful weekend with them all.
We were terribly spoilt in the meals department, and the accommodation was faultless! The hut was cosy and beautifully appointed, with a great little wood stove and fantastic bathroom. I had a lovely view of the horses grazing in the paddock from my loft bed. Night two in the swag was equally awesome. It rained steadily and it was wonderful listening to the rain falling on canvas, while being completely dry and very warm. Rolling out of bed to a gorgeous misty morning was just surreal.
If you’re considering this trip, just book it. You will not regret it.’

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Corinna Hartas

‘My Yarra Valley riding experience was truly fantastic. I arrived with an open mind and was blown away by the whole experience. The horses were fabulous and very well matched to each rider. I rode Nick, a super responsive and forward moving horse with a very willing and friendly nature. If I could have taken him home with me, I would have. The whole experience was calm, friendly and just terrific. Clancy, his family and his team were all really helpful and lovely. And to add to it, we had such a super group of interesting and interested people. We were all competent riders, so there were no dramas. My husband was the only guy in the group and he loved being surrounded by such interesting women. We will definitely do another Globetrotting ride somewhere in the world.’

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Philip Hartas

‘This is a horse riding holiday, so you expect the horse riding to be excellent – and it was.
But what makes this holiday special is that it’s one of the very, very few holidays where the quality of the ‘down time’ (i.e. the time not riding) is of exactly the same high standard.
The quality of the accommodation, the variety and standard of the food, the different locations for lunch and dinner, the wine tasting, were all brilliant. Clancy and his entire team were outstanding hosts. Always available but never intrusive – they all went out of their way to make sure that each individual was happy. Always willing and able to make revisions and changes on the fly if needed without any fuss.
In terms of how would you score this holiday…. for us it was 12 out of 10. Loved it!’

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Terri-Louise Lee

‘The whole experience was absolutely amazing! Initially I thought it was a bit pricey, but after experiencing the ride, I believe it was well worth every single penny, if not more!
I rode Nick and Fudge, two wonderfully mannered and well looked after horses. Clancy matched everyone perfectly to suit abilities and personalities. He took us on the most exciting trails and we had amazing canters and gallops. I loved when we reached the vineyards and Clancy said ‘pick a lane!’ and we cantered up the rows.
All of the little details made the trip even more special. The food was ALL top class, and the chefs were great and really lovely to chat to. Clancy went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and enjoying the experience. Thank you so much Clancy, Vanessa and the team for making me feel so looked after and welcome. I had the weekend of a lifetime!’

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Hayley Kindness

‘A great weekend with amazing food, horses, scenery and company. I could not have asked for anything else. After a long day’s riding, the spa bath and massage were amazing ways to recover and get ready for the next ride. Every single meal was delicious, from eating under a tree in the rain to the restaurant at the winery. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and kind, and the horses were just as amazing. There was not one moment where I didn’t feel safe with my gorgeous mare Smooth. She was so genuine, nothing fazed her, and she did everything I asked and more. I’ve already booked to go back for a day ride with Clancy and his team and I cannot wait!’

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Kylie Reynolds

‘Clancy and his team provided the five-star horses, scenery, food and accommodation. Globetrotting provided the like-minded riders. Together they created a holiday that is an elegant mix for all riding abilities. This quick three-day adventure provided the best backdrop to celebrate our engagement in the Yarra Valley. Each day was unique and varied. Riding through the tree ferns on day two was particularly peaceful and beautiful.’

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Susan Parminter

‘Thank you Kate and the Globetrotting team for finding another magical riding experience with a passionate ride partner and incredible horses in a beautiful part of our country. I rode Kite, a spunky willing horse who never put a hoof wrong. Both Clancy and Vanessa were passionate about their horses and happy to talk about anything. The caterers were great and I was very happy with the food they provided. All three days of the ride were unique in their own way. I loved sharing deep meaningful conversations over wine and cheese each night with like-minded ladies. I would definitely recommend this ride!’

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Michelle Noble

‘Every time I think about this weekend, I smile!
It was one of the best weekends of my life and I haven’t stopped raving about it. The horses were beautiful, fun and safe; Clancy, Vanessa and the team were incredibly accommodating, knowledgeable and patient; the trails were fantastic, with views to die for; the lodges were super cosy and cute (that fireplace!!); and finally, all of the other riders in the group – what a bunch of beautiful souls! We were almost like a wee family by the end! Cannot wait for our reunion in a few weeks!’

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