Adventure vacations in Australia

Sunshine Coast Inn to Inn


Australian Alex Watson, who competed at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, guides this fun shorter horseback riding trip in Australia. Transportation by vehicle, and riding out from various areas allows you to experience the best of the numerous trails of the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast ride, one hour north of Brisbane, on Queenslands southeast coast, is the perfect combination of pristine coastline and lush hinterland, superb cuisine, action and adventure. Blessed with an inviting climate, and a green and carefully protected environment, this is a dream vacation for riders and non-riders.

Listed as “No. 1 of the Top Ten Trips Down Under” by Outside Magazine 2006 in a destination special issue about Australia, and winner of a regional tourism award for excellence, this special ride will delight you.

Featuring horses you will want to take home and three accommodations you will not want to leave, this unique ride transports you through an ever changing landscape; beaches, cattle ranges, gold rush country and rainforest hinterland.

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Nights are spent at the beautiful Noosa Resort where nature and style come together to provide a luxurious tasteful stay.

Breakfast will be served buffet style at the hotel's dining area before your morning ride. Lunch, usually a light meal in Australia, will be served at a cafe during the long day ride and is otherwise an out of pocket expense as are dinners which can be taken either at the resort or at the many restaurants available in the Noosa town. Award winning meals using the finest local produce will guarantee memorable evenings.

  • Overview:
    This ride utilizes the famous Australian stock horse. Known for versatility, endurance, agility and good temperament these horses are a joy to ride. The roots of the Australian stock horse date back to the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia in 1788. Some of the original breeds in these early imports included the Thoroughbred, Arabian, descendents of the Spanish barb, Timor pony and the Welsh mountain pony. In the 1830s, additional Thoroughbreds were imported into Australia to improve the local strains, and the American quarter horse bloodlines were introduced in the mid 20th century. Depending on your experience and the horse being ridden, guests have a choice of Australian stock saddles or English saddles. Snaffle bridles are used and horses are trained to direct rein and neck rein.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Australian Stock Horses
  • Trip Pace:
    slow to moderate with beach gallops
  • Tack:
    Australian Stock Saddles or English Saddle by request
  • Weight limit:
    220 lbs. Higher weight limit upon request.

This is a great option for a non-riding companion. The Sunshine Coast area offers anything from fishing, beach walking, nature walks, kayaking in the calm waters and non-riders can be as busy as they want to be or simple relax at the resort.

The meeting point is the Sunshine Coast Airport in Maroochydore, Queensland. Daily flights are available from Sydney Airport or Melbourne.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Complimentary transfer from the Sunshine Coast Airport on arrival and drive to Noosa Resort for you to settle into your accommodations. Lunch and dinner are an out of pocket expense today.

Day 2

Cooran to Pomona Ride

This is a lovely ride along Trail 5 of the Noosa Trail Network from the small hinterland village of Cooran to the township of Pomona through sections of the Tuchekoi National Park. The ride is 6 miles in each direction with a stop for a relaxing sit-down lunch at the Trail 518 Cafe in Pomona where you can watch the horses across the park, hitched to a rail, waiting to be ridden back to Cooran. Ride distance 12 miles, ride duration approximately 5 hours with the lunch stop.

Day 3

Enjoy a 2 hour private beach ride in the morning. Regarded by many as one of the most picturesque beaches in the world to ride your horse – enjoy the white sand, surf and clear blue Pacific waters of Teewah Beach on Noosa’s North Shore. Teewah Beach is 40 miles long from the mouth of the Noosa River to Double Island Point and includes the pristine Great Sandy National Park. The horses are super fun to ride and are very steady on the beach so you can canter to your hearts content and splash through the waves. Enjoy the luxury of your hotel and spend the free afternoon relaxing or exploring Noosa’s famous Hastings Street, the beach or national parks. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 4

Kin Kin Loop Ride

This is the original trail of the Noosa Trail Network, taking in spectacular countryside view of the Noosa hinterland around the village of Kin Kin. Country lanes and bush tracks take riders on Trail No.1 of the network on a lovely loop starting and finishing next to a classic Aussie drinking hole, the Country Life Pub – perfect for a cold beer post ride. Lunch follows across the road at the award winning Black Ant Bistro. Opportunities for lovely trots and canters along country lanes and across green hillsides on your Australian Stock Horse with kangoroos and kookaburras as your audience. Ride distance 15 miles, ride duration approximately 4 hours followed by lunch.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and changes may occur at the guide's discretion based on weather or other unforeseeable circumstances.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Available upon request with a minimum of 2 riders.
Additional Pricing Information:
Prices are based on the U.S. Dollar/AUD exchange and are subject to change. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time deposit is paid.

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Sunshine Coast Inn to Inn
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We found every ride a delight and the guides and hosts just excellent.

Don and Kathy Walsh