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Australia - Snowy Mountains
This ride takes you through the Kosciuszko National Park for up to five days riding. Much of the Snowy Mountains are contained within the Kosciuszko National Park and the challenging country is ideal for exploring on horseback.
The outfitter with whom you will be riding pioneered riding trips in the National Park over forty years ago and has a deep knowledge and understanding of the park. This alpine wilderness has a history rich in legends of mountain horsemen.
Riding through this country will take you around mountain lakes, along crystal clear streams and up to peaks with stunning views. The area is home to emus, kangaroos and wombats as well as herds of brumbies (Australian wild horses).
While riding experience is an advantage, the first time rider will usually cope if they have a reasonable level of fitness and a spirit for adventure.
Reynella is an excellent place to learn to ride. Beginners can gain confidence and the most confident riders can refine their skills being given the opportunity to ride more challenging mounts.
Due to the terrain much of the riding is at a walk, though there may be some opportunities to have a canter.
Most horses are ridden in Australian Stock saddles.
This is a trail ride. The first and last nights are spent in comfortable lodge-style accommodation at The Homestead. There are a number of rooms, each accommodating anywhere from two to six people with shared shower facilities for all. The rooms contain a mixture of beds, including doubles, singles and bunk-beds.
For the nights on the trail you camp in two-man tents with a thick mattresses or if you prefer, you can camp under the stars. Sleeping bags are available for hire, if you do not wish to take your own. Part of the fun of the trail is to help erect and dismantle the tents.
Washing facilities on the trail are limited, but you may be able to swim in rivers.
Alpine Horse Safaris (for 3, 4 and 5 nights) into Kosciuszko National Park are scheduled throughout November to April.
Homestead Rides also run over certain dates.
INCLUDES Alpine Horses Safaris include accommodation on the first and last night of the ride at the Homestead; tented accommodation during the ride; full board; riding and guides.
Homestead Rides include four nights accommodation at the Homestead; all meals; three days of riding.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT It is not possible to request a single room and so you must be prepared to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; transfers from Cooma; sleeping bag and oilskin hire (A$45 each if necessary); tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Cooma. It is best to take a train from Sydney to Canberra, which is met by a coach to Cooma or you could self-drive.
TRANSFERS Return transfers from Cooma are A$72 per person, payable locally.
Based near the town of Adaminaby in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.
Daytime temperatures are usually warm and pleasant, however the alpine weather can change dramatically and you will need to be prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions.
The scenery is breathtaking and the riding suitable for novice to experienced riders.
Pack layers of clothes as the weather can vary throughout the day.