Bush & Beach
Please note that the following itinerary is the planned ride. The day by
day route and the overnight stops may occasionally change depending on
local weather conditions but always with your best interests in mind.
Day 1 – Sunday
The meeting point is 1pm at the RACV Noosa Resort. If flying in you should aim to arrive at the Sunshine Coast Airport by 12 noon or into Brisbane by 10:30.
You should take an early lunch today; those being collected at the airport will be taken to Hastings Street in Noosa where there are lots of places for lunch.
Once everyone has arrived at 1pm at the meeting point at the RACV Noosa Resort you are taken to the horses’ base at Verrierdale (20 minutes from Noosa) to be introduced to the wonderful Australian Stock Horses. This introduction will include a familiarisation session on basic horsemanship and caring for your horse. It will be followed by a short “getting to know you” orientation ride of about one hour.
[If some of the group have been delayed arriving then the orientation ride might be deferred until the following morning.]
After the orientation ride at Verrierdale everyone is
transferred Edenview, the
cattle property of your guide Alex Watson.
Pre-dinner drinks will be followed by dinner in the dining
Overnight at Edenviewwhere you stay for the next two
Day 2 – Monday
After breakfast you will groom and tack up the horses.
Today you ride over the 640 acre cattle and horse property.
Try your hand at some cattle mustering and explore the trails. You will also have the opportunity to learn a few
campdrafting skills if you would like to.
Lunch will be on the property. This afternoon, you
may choose to just relax or go for a drive looking for kangaroo and
Pre dinner drinks will be served, then dinner in the dining
Riding time c. 4 hours.
Day 3 – Tuesday
Today’s ride is over the Black Snake Range. You climb the
“Hanging Rock” trail a historic stock route over the Black Snake Range. This is
one of the trails used for the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride. The ride
starts from the site of the old Kilkivan township where gold was first
discovered in Queensland.
Spectacular mountain views are a feature of today’s ride
before you descend into Widgee Valley and the ride features a wide variety of
forest and unique flora.
Later, transfer to the beautiful Amamoor Lodge in the heart
of the Mary River Valley. Be introduced to your hosts for the next two days –
Malcolm and Christine.
Tonight drinks are around the fire before moving over to the
veranda for dinner.
Riding time c. 4 hours.
Day 4 Wednesday
Saddle up for a ride through the Amamoor State Forest which is full of Bunya Pines and amazing vistas, including Skyring Lookout. Picnic lunch at Amama Park followed by a ride back to Amamoor Lodge.
Riding time about 4.5 hours.
Day 5 Thursday
With bags packed again this morning, load up the horses and depart for the Noosa Trail Network. You will stop for lunch on the trail, dependent upon the trail that has been chosen for the day.
Depart for Noosa and check into your luxury accommodation at the RACV Noosa Resort for the next two nights.
Dinner at the resort or one of Noosa’s many fine restaurants. Riding time approximately 4 hours.
Day 6 Friday
After breakfast transfer over to Noosa North Shore and ride through the bush to the spectacular Laguna Bay and Teewah Beach for a memorable ride along the pristine Noosa North Shore. A great way to end the trip.
Return to Noosa for a light lunch then return to your accommodation and spend the afternoon relaxing with a massage, spa treatments (payable locally) or explore Noosa’s famous Hastings Street, the beach or the National Park.
Before dinner your guide Alex will arrive to settle any extra accounts (airport transfers and Equathon product purchases, if any) and then take you to a restaurant on Gympie Terrace along the Noosa River precinct for a memorable dinner to conclude a wonderful week of riding. There will be many stories to tell around the table tonight. Riding time today about 2 hours.
Day 7 Saturday
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight or your own onward arrangements for the rest of your stay in Australia.