HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS
When it comes to incredible horse riding holidays Australia has an abundance of riches, and variety galore. From sweeping plains to mountain trails, outback droving to rainforest jaunts, there's something that caters to riders of all abilities, with appetites for everything from leisurely rambles to fast-paced outback adventures.
Naturally in a country whose most famous poem is Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River, the Snowy Mountains are seen as a must-do, and there are many operations who can kit you out in a Driza-Bone and Akubra and have you playing stockman where the brumbies roam for a few hours or a couple of days. Riding through the snow gums, bent under weight of snow in the middle of winter, is a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Closer to Sydney, the Blue Mountains are teeming with stables and equestrian centres that cater to riders of every level. The scenery is spectacular and there are lodges dotted along the ranges that are perfect for overnight rides, and add a little out-of-saddle enjoyment as well.
Further south, the Victorian High Country offers the chance to ride the original stockman's trails through the mountains, valleys, and high plains, and much like the Blue Mountains there are endless options available depending on how confident you are, and adventurous you're feeling. Whether you simply want to ride the trails for a few hours or really get in the spirit and join a cattle drive, mustering livestock alongside working drovers, you can find it all in the Victorian Alps.
If you're keen to ride on the beach, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Noosa are three of the best locations on the east coast, while further north in Queensland, Cape Tribulation gives you the chance to ride where the Great Barrier reef meets the Daintree Rainforest.
The Queensland Outback offers plenty of options for those not afraid of a little heat, while over in Western Australia there are outback rides galore. The spectacular Kimberleys are home to some stunning rides, ranging from a few hours to epic week-long adventures, riding for six hours a day and camping by billabongs, cooking on the campfire, and sleeping in swags under the stars.
For something a little bit different, riding a camel on Broome's famous Cable Beach is one to cross off your classic Australian bucket list.