Trail Riding in the Australian Outback
|Day 1||Depart London Heathrow.|
|Day 3||Arrive Brisbane. Transfer by private coach to Noosa (approx. 3 hours).Spend the day at leisure in Noosa, which is a popular resort on the Sunshine Coast.Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.|
|Day 4||Transfer to Rainbow Beach where you’ll meet our outfitters and collect your horses. It’s a gentle 2-hour ride to Inskip Point, breaking you into your Australian stock saddle. A 4-wheel drive support vehicle will meet you each evening, bringing the food and camp equipment.You will be encouraged to share in the chores of taking care of your horses and helping make camp before sitting down to a sumptuous 3-course meal around the log fire.|
|Day 5||After breakfast, take the ferry across to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. This is a dream island with dense rainforests, long stretches of open beach, huge sand dunes and 40 freshwater lakes. You’ll enjoy every moment of your first day’s full ride on the island. Camp alongside a freshwater creek, where you can wash down our horses.|
|Day 6||Spend the morning riding through undulating country to Yankee Jack Lake.There’ll be lots of jumps and dodging branches of trees!Afternoon at leisure and swimming in the lake.Camp.|
|Day 7||Ride through the rain forest to Lake Boomanjin, which is the largest perched lake in the Southern Hemisphere.Time for another swim.Camp.|
|Day 8||Today is five-hour ride through eucalyptus forests and along the beach. Camp by a freshwater creek where you can swim with your horse.|
|Day 9||Final day’s ride on Fraser Island, and back to the ferry.Return to Noosa and the comforts of beds and showers.Dinner and overnight.|
|Day 10||Day at leisure in Noosa. Breakfast and dinner.|
|Day 11||Fly to Melbourne and transfer by coach to Tawonga (approx. 4 hours) in the “High Country” in the state of Victoria.Overnight in a lodge.|
|Day 12||After breakfast, meet up with our outfitters and collect your horses for the next 7 days riding in the Bogong Hills.In complete contrast to sub-tropical Fraser Island, you will now be riding amongst rugged mountains, on open plains, along tricky rocky spurs, in deep forested valleys and through fast flowing rivers. This is Australia’s Alpine National Park – a remote area of magnificent scenery.Packhorses will carry all the food and camp equipment.Most nights you will set up camp, but at least one night will be spent in accommodation with beds and shower facilities, where a 4-wheel drive support vehicle will bring fresh supplies and a change of clothes.|
|Days 12-16||Full days’ riding in the Alpine National Park. You will ride between 15 – 40km (3-7 hours) a day.On days when you reach camp early enough, there will be time for free riding.|
|Day 17||This is your last day riding in the High Country heading back to Tawonga.Dinner and overnight at a lodge.|
|Day 18||Rest day and final day in Australia.Dinner and overnight at the lodge.|
|Day 19||Return transfer to Melbourne.Depart Melbourne.|
|Day 20||Arrive London.|
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