Comboyne Plateau Ride

NSW Australia: (IT-AURT01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/australia_comboyne.aspx

Introduction
NSW Australia


It is the aim to provide a quality equestrian experience on well trained and cared for horses, for capable and assured riders from around the world.  The horse quality and special training sets the pace of this ride with long trots and canters.

From a secluded equestrian farm on idyllic property in the upper reaches of the Lorne Valley, this week long program offers riding through stunning forest and farmland combined with excellent food and top service.

During the week we ride through the diverse landscape of Australia’s New South Wales Mid North Coast there will be lots of opportunity to see wildlife in their beautiful natural habitat. We follow quiet little trails, 4WD tracks and fire trails through 20.000 hectares (50,000 acres) of state forest with pockets of rain forests, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, creek crossings, and historic timber railway lines. Climb up and descend along steep ridges, then pass through rolling Australian farmland.

Visits to a local winery, cafes and a Macadamia Farm to taste the unique products from this region are featured, before riding along the Pacific Ocean on miles of long deserted beaches. We will climb up to the Comboyne Plateau, an elevated farming region of green rolling hills with breath-taking views out to the Pacific Ocean- don’t forget to bring a camera!  In the evenings refresh yourself with a swim in the pool, then relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the view from the veranda of your private cottage or share drinks and stories with fellow riders in the large communal area of the lodge, where guests and tour guides have dinner together. A delicious meal with complimentary wine and coffee will be served beside a crackling log fire in the cooler months or in summer alfresco on the veranda. The riders will retire to the comfort of beautiful bedrooms and awake the next morning to a leisurely country breakfast.

The Horse Treks Philosophy...
Every precaution is taken to ensure the comfort and safety of both horse and rider. Welcoming Australian hospitality, comfortable, quality accommodation and meals await you following your day of horse riding through magnificent Australian countryside - an opportunity not to be missed.

The center caters for small groups of up to four riders. Your host and guide is fluent in English, German and Dutch. 

Accomodation

This trip is based at the 60 acres horse riding property, in the Lorne Valley between Taree and Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast NSW Australia.The main lodge has beautiful, wide verandas which overlook the magnificent garden filled with native plants and trees, the large horse paddocks where the animals graze and the swimming pool.; beyond is the lush forest valley of the Camden Haven region of Port Macquarie hinterland on the Australian NSW east coast.The lodge also has a large communal entertainment area for guests to sit together to enjoy meals and drinks in a family style atmosphere.
 
There are two types of accommodation:
 

1. Studio-style cabin, in private surroundings with view over the horse paddocks and eucalypt forests, with shower/toilet, veranda, air-conditioning, fridge, coffee&tea facilities. Ideal for a couple or two singles travelling together.

2. Single or double room with ensuite in the main guesthouse building “Kerewong Lodge”.
 
Meals: All meals are included except 1 lunch out at a local cafe. Saddlebag lunches are packed on the rides or lunch is brought out to riders by 4WD vehicle. Dinners consist of International and Australian specialties, and we offer complimentary table wine with dinner. Some drinks (in one of the overnight accommodations) are not included and to be paid locally.

Riding


Expertly Trained Long Distance Trail Riding Horses...

We use well schooled, Australian pure and part bred Arabian horses, including Arab-Quarter horse crosses, carefully selected and trained for long distance trail riding. Many of the horses were bred specifically for endurance riding and complete endurance rides regularly.

The horses stand between 14.2 and 15.3 hands (145 and 157 cm) and are sure-footed, good-natured and in excellent condition. The horses are kept in groupings on large paddocks on the 60 acres property in Lorne on the Mid North Coast of NSW east coast Australia.

The Arabian horses' agility, great stamina, adaptability to the Australian climate conditions and excellent people- and work- friendly temperament make them ideal horses for multi-day long distance trail riding through challenging terrain.

The horses are trained to be ridden on a loose rein in English style. We ride with English Style lightweight endurance or all purpose saddles and use snaffle or bitless bridles.

Western Riders must have basic training in English riding and be comfortable in posting to the trot and a two point canter.
The horses' well being and safety is our main concern and riders can be assured that all trail riding horses are maintained and cared for to the highest standards. 

Your Host and Guide...

The riding center  is operated by Kathy Holtrust & her equestrian farm & riding team. Wanting a change in lifestyle, Kathy migrated to Australia from The Netherlands in 2000 with the plan to start a horse riding holiday establishment.

Kathy found the perfect property for the purpose on the NSW Mid North Coast Hinterland near Port Macquarie, where she opened for business in January 2004.

Your trail guide Kathy has a diverse equestrian background. Starting riding lessons at the age of 6, her first own horse at the age of 12 and extensive competing in her teenage years. She was a successful Dressage rider competing at Advanced level in The Netherlands and also competed in Show jumping and Cross Country (Eventing).

She later obtained her Dutch horse driving qualifications and drove the Cobb & Co Stage Coach in Echuca, Victoria, during her 1993 working holiday in Australia.

She now enjoys taking her Arabian horses to local endurance rides.

Having been on many trail riding holidays and treks throughout Europe and Canada, your trail guide knows what makes a great horse-riding holiday.

Kathy and her team are also responsible for the gourmet side of the business, from cooking breakfast to your request, bringing lunch to the riders in the Australian bush or preparing a sumptuous evening dinner meal or barbecue. Riders are well looked after when they are not on the horses!

Itinerary

Sample Itineraries - Subject to changes.

Sample-Itinerary Stationary Ride:

Day 1:
Arrival in the afternoon. Transfer from the Kendall Railway Station or Port Macquarie. Dinner with your hosts and co-riders to discuss the week program.


Day 2:
(3 hours riding) Ride through the hilly terrain of the Kerewong State Forest with its eucalypt forest and 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, Goanna's and many bird species including Black Cockatoo's.
 
Day 3: (5 hours riding) Ride to impressive Comboyne Mountain (670 m). The peak can be seen from the riding centre. Magnificent 360 view at the top. Horses and riders enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at the peak, before heading back to the centre.

Day 4:
(5-6 hours riding) Long day ride, starting along a historic timber railway line to a local winery. Creek crossings, adventurous steep descent and fantastic long gallops. On arrival, taste the local produce while looking over the vineyards. Transfer back to riding centre.


Day 5:
(2 hours riding) Fabulous beach ride along the Pacific Ocean. Look out for dolphins in the waves and and enjoy close encounters with kangaroos. Lunch in the dunes or at a local Macadamia café. Transfer by horse trailer.


Day 6: (6 hours riding) Ride to the beautiful green and rolling farmland of the Comboyne Plateau. On clear days views to the Pacific Ocean. In the evening farewell dinner with an authentic Aussie Barbecue.


Day 7:
Departure after breakfast. Transfer to Kendall Railway station or Port Macquarie, with optional stop at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital (only included with departure transfer to Port Macquarie).


The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.     


Sample-Itinerary Progressive Ride:


Day 1:
Arrival in the afternoon. Transfer from the Kendall Railway Station or Port Macquarie. Dinner with your hosts and co-riders to discuss the week program.

Day 2:
(3 hours riding) Introductory Eucalypt and Rainforest ride. 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, Goanna's and many bird species including Black Cockatoo's.

Day 3:
(5 hours riding) Ride to the adjoining Hannam Vale Valley. Stop for lunch at Waitui Waterfalls and continue through Eucalypt Plantations to your accommodation for the night, a newly built Luxury Country Guesthouse with all the comforts you could wish for.

Day 4:
(5-6 hours riding) After a hearty cooked country breakfast we ride to the Comboyne Plateau. On the way we stop to take in the valley views from Flat Rock Lookout. Then canter on along an escarpment into pasture fields of the Comboyne Plateau with stunning views of the escarpment and rocky outcrops. Your accommodation is the Roundhouse at Comboyne Hideaway, a unique cabin retreat situated atop the magnificent Comboyne Plateau where you can indulge in amazing uninterrupted views to the coastline and relax your muscles in the outdoor hot tub on the veranda deck.
 
Day 5: (5 hours riding) Farmland & Forest ride returning to the riding base and lodge, starting with the beautiful green rolling and fertile farmland of the Comboyne Plateau with views to the Pacific Ocean and continuing through expanding eucalypt forests. Lunch on top of impressive Comboyne Mountain (670m), which peak can be seen from the riding center.Magnificent 360-degree view at the top. Horses and riders enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at the peak, before descending back home.

Day 6:
(2 hours riding) We conclude the week with our fantastic beach ride. Watch out for dolphins in the waves and a close encounter with kangaroos. Lunch in the dunes or at the local Macadamia Farm Café. In the evening farewell dinner.

Day 7:
Departure after breakfast. Transfer to Kendall Railway station or Port Macquarie, with optional stop at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital (only included with departure transfer to Port Macquarie).

The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.   

Note: If minimum for overnight trek is not reached (only 1 rider booked), the program will be changed to the Stationary ride.
All-inclusive (except 1 lunch at local café); mostly all private bathroom but occasionally, depending on group constitution 2 guests may have to share the bathroom some nights.




Rates and Dates for Comboyne Plateau Ride

Rates include:

6 nights accommodation: Private Cabin (double/twin) or in Main Lodge (single/double/twin); most rooms with private bathroom; all meals except 1 lunch at local café; soft drinks, wine with dinner, 5 riding days including one day on the beach, 10% tax
Guide speaks English, Dutch and German
Progressive Ride option: all accommodations and meals (except 1 lunch), 5 riding days including beach ride

Packages and Options





Transfer and Other Options:



 Description
2012 Transfer from Kendall Trainstation 6 PM or Port Maquarie Airport 5PM included

Dates Note: First 2 riders decide if they want the Stationary or the Progressive trip itinerary for the requested date.

Rates do not include:

drinks from one of the accommodations is not included--paid locally

Other Info
Meeting: Kendall
Airport: Port Macquarie
Transfer: Pick up: Port Maquarrie around 5pm or Kendall train station around 6pm Drop off: Kendall in time for 9:00 AM train or Port Maquarrie airport at 11:30 am.

Climate:

Climate averages for
PORT MACQUARIE NSW


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mean daily maximum temperature - deg C

25.7

25.9

25

23.1

21

19

18

18.8

20

22

23

25

Highest daily Max Temp
- deg C

41.2

33.5

32

33.3

30

27

28

29.4

34

38

42

41

Mean daily minimum temperature - deg C

18.3

18.4

17

14.1

11

8.5

7.2

7.7

9.9

13

15

17

Lowest daily Min Temp
- deg C

10

11.7

9.1

7.2

2.7

0.7

0

0.6

2.8

4.4

8

9.8

Mean monthly rainfall - mm

153

177

176

168

147

132

98

82.6

82

94

102

127

Mean no. of raindays

12.4

13.3

14

12.7

11

10

9.2

8.6

8.9

11

11

11

Highest monthly rainfall - mm

1388

845

678

619

916

652

774

776

356

420

462

637

Lowest monthly rainfall - mm

5.7

1.8

9.8

7.2

6.9

3.3

0.5

0

0

9.4

1.6

8.1

Best time for riding is April to November. December-March is very hot and often humid (sub-tropical).

What To Bring:


We will supply your horse and the necessary riding equipment for the horse.
Your guides will care for the horses and riding equipment during your trip!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Suitable riding boots or shoes with a heel & no tread
Riding helmet (mandatory) - available at the Homestead - no charge for use
Riding gloves
Broad brimmed hat with a chinstrap
Rain coat/Wax jacket

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Joggers for bushwalking
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Panty hose are often worn to prevent soreness and chaffing (by men too!)
Pajama
Bag for dirty clothes
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit
Bandana
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Two crepe bandages in case your calves become chaffed
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for  postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm