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This ride takes you through the Kosciuszko National Park for up to five days riding. Much of the Snowy Mountains are contained within the 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. They have 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 and beginners can gain confidence. More 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. 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. If you prefer, you can also 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.
You should arrive at Reynella between 5pm and 7pm for dinner, briefing and to get to know the other guests. Reynella Homestead is 50km from Cooma.
Reynella will collect from the Cooma Bus stop located in Centenial Park, Cooma, at 6:18pm (this is the arrival time of the NSW TrainLink coach (CountryLink) from Canberra). At the end of your holiday you can be taken back to Cooma to connect with the 10:00am NSW TrainLink connection to Canberra. Transfers from Cooma to Reynella cost AUD 36 each way and need to be booked in advance.
Most people get to Cooma on the NSW TrainLink (www.nswtrainlink.info) which provides a regional train and coach services (formerly provided by CountryLink) around New South Wales, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. You can take a train from Sydney to Canberra which connects with the coach. You can find detailed maps and locations of the bus and train stations on www.railmaps.com.au.
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. 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.