This is a horseback riding vacation in Australia that will allow you to experience the beautiful and diverse landscape of Australia’s Mid North Coast, of New South Wales, astride fit and well trained horses. The Boomerang Trail is a stationary ride, returning each evening to the 60 acre farm where your hosts will make you feel right at home.
You will follow quiet narrow horse trails, 4WD tracks, fire trails and forest roads through the Comboyne State Forest experiencing pockets of rainforests, creek crossings, a historic timber railway line, eucalyptus forests and steep ridges. Combine this with rolling farmlands, a visit to a local winery and a ride along the deserted beach where the Pacific Ocean waves break for mile after mile and you have an impressive taste of Australia.
While at the farm property and out riding you will have the opportunity to see wildlife and flora unique to Australia. Wallabies, goannas, king parrots, cockatoos, and galahs are all around. The property used to be an Australian native nursery so you are spoiled by banksia trees, kangaroo paw plants, bottlebrush, lilly pilly, macadamia trees, lemon- scented eucalypt, myrtle trees, and magnolia trees, along with the colorful birds that visit them.
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Accommodations are at the farm property. There is one studio style cabin with private facilities and a view over the valley. This is ideal for a couple or two singles traveling together. Alternatively the main lodge has 3 different styles of bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The lodge also has a large communal entertainment area for guests, to sit together and have meals and drinks in a family atmosphere. A wide veranda invites you to relax after a day’s riding and enjoy the view of the garden with native plants and trees, the large horse paddocks and the valley of rolling hills. A swimming pool invites for a swim after riding all day and is in use from September through April.
Breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge. Lunch will be served out on the trail while riding, either carried with saddle bags or brought in by a 4WD vehicle. Lunches are tasty but light so having a hearty breakfast is advised. One lunch is served at a local café (an out of pocket expense). Limited wine will be served with dinner.
There are currently nine horses on the farm, which are active trail horses; 6 are pure and part bred Arabs (14.1 to 15.3 hands), 2 are Australian Heritage Horses aka Brumbies and one is a 16.2 hands Andalusian-TB gelding for taller/heavier riders.
The saddles utilized on this trip are Australian made endurance saddles. They are very comfortable for both horse and rider, allowing you to have a two point position in the uphill canters.
pure-bred Arabians and one Andalusian-TB cross
moderate to fast
Australian endurance saddles and tack, some English style saddles, snaffle and bitless bridles
Port Macquarie Airport or Kendall Railway Station, NSW for transfer to the farm at specified times.
Transfer from Port Macquarie Airport or Kendall Railway Station (fixed times), with arrival at the lodge & farm in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner with your hosts and co-riders while discussing the upcoming week’s program.
Introductory forest ride through the hilly terrain of the Kerewong State Forest with tall eucalyptus trees and pockets of rain forest. Stop at a creek side picnic ground in the middle of the forest for lunch. Wildlife we may encounter on our rides and on the farm are Wallabies, Goannas and many bird species including Black Cockatoos. (3 hours riding)
Ride to the impressive Comboyne Mountain (2,200 ft.), the peak of which can be seen from the Lodge. Magnificent 360-degree view at the top. Horses and riders enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at the peak, before descending back home. (5 hours riding)
Long day ride, starting along a historic timber railway line, to the local Bago Vineyards. Creek crossings, adventurous steep descent and fantastic long gallops await you. On arrival taste the local produce while looking over the vineyards. Transfer back to riding center. (5-6 hours riding)
Today’s highlight is fantastic beach riding, with long gallops along the Pacific Ocean shoreline. Watch for dolphins in the waves and a possible close encounter with kangaroos. Fish and chips lunch at Fisherman’s Coop (at own cost). Transfer by horse trailer. (2 hours riding)
Pastural horse ride to the beautiful green, rolling and fertile farmland of the Comboyne Plateau. Comboyne has many dairy farms and is a growing Avocado Plantation region. Ride through private farm properties, stop at Waitui Waterfall and have lunch at am amazing rocky escarpment lookout before cantering along a spectacular old forest windy trail to the plateau. On clear days you will have views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (6 hours riding)
Transfers are included from Port Macquarie Airport (pickup for flights arriving between 5 and 5.45PM) or Kendall Railway Station (6.15PM)
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