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Comboyne Plateau and Beach Ride


Itinerary for Comboyne Plateau and Beach Ride




Tours usually run from Sunday to Saturday, with some exceptions through the year due to Public Holidays and / or low tide times.


Sample Itinerary: 7-day program - subject to changes

Note: Itinerary is subject to Forestry activities and weather & terrain conditions.
Due to the flexible nature of this tour with the itinerary having no set order, the daily rides of the week can be customised and adjusted according to the weather and terrain conditions, so riders have the best possible riding experience.


Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at lodge in the late afternoon. Transfer from Port Macquarie Airport or Kendall Railway Station (fixed times). Dinner with your hosts and co-riders and discussing the week program.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 2: Kerewong Forest Ride 
Introductory Forest Ride through the hilly terrain with tall eucalypt forests and pockets of rainforest, beautiful quiet bush trails and short fun canters. Stop for lunch under the tall gum trees in the middle of the forest. This is a shorter ride with an easy-going pace, to enable riders to get accustomed to the terrain and horses and settle international travelers into the time and climate zone. Wildlife we may encounter on our rides and on the farm are Wallabies, Goanna’s and many bird species including Black Cockatoo’s. Occasionally we may even see a koala or echidna too!
Riding: 3 hours, approx. 22 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 3: Mountain Top Ride 
Ride to impressive Comboyne Mountain (670 m), which peak can be seen from the lodge. Magnificent 360-degree view at the top: lookout over the expanding eucalyptus NSW State Forests landscape, regional farm properties, NSW Mid North Coast coastline, Bago Bluff National Park, Comboyne Plateau and the start of the Great Dividing Range. This is the most strenuous day ride for the horses with uphill cantering, long steep up- and downhill sections and some rough terrain. Horses and riders enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at the peak, before descending back home at an easy walking pace.
Riding: 5 hours, approx. 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 4: Winery Ride 
Long day ride, starting along a historic timber railway line, to local Bago Vineyards. Creek crossings (platypus live here but are rarely seen) and maybe move some cattle while riding through neighbouring farm properties. We follow the Longworth's Tramway Heritage Trail and see the remnants of a historic timber railway line that was operational in the 1920's for timber log transport. Saddle bag lunch, sitting in the shade of tall eucalypt trees. Then, adventurous steep descent and fantastic long gallops of up to 4 kms on beautiful forest trails. On arrival taste the local produce while looking over the vineyards. Highlight in October - November are the purple blossoming Jacaranda Trees. Transfer back to riding centre by car.
Riding: 5 hours, approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 5: Beach Ride
Fantastic beach horse riding, galloping along the Pacific Ocean. Watch out for dolphins in the waves and a close encounter with kangaroos. Lunch during a break on the beach, at the ride base near a colony of the unique native Australian Grasstrees, or Aussie Fish & Chips at the local Fish Co-op. Sometimes, whales can be seen between May and November.
Transfers each way to the beach is by car & horse transport (45 minutes each way).
Riding: 2 hours, approx. 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 6: Comboyne Plateau Ride
Farmland and forest horse ride to the beautiful green rolling and fertile farmland of the Comboyne Plateau with on clear days views to the Pacific Ocean. Comboyne is a volcanic plateau with a unique topography and fertile red soil and the ride takes us past dairy farms and avocado orchards. We stop at Waitui Waterfall and have lunch at an amazing rocky escarpment lookout before cantering along a spectacular old forest. Panoramic view to the landmark of the Three Brother Mountains, an Australian Aboriginal Place of spiritual significance to the local Biripi Aboriginal people, and on clear days the view goes all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Many great galloping sections in the morning and afternoon, as well as long walks to take in the beautiful scenery.
In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner.
Riding: 5-6 hours, approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


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



Sample Itinerary: 4-day program - subject to changes (NOT OFFERED IN 2023)

Most suitable for horse riders looking for a short break in a comfortable and relaxing place.

Your horse riding tour guide will select the most suitable day rides from the 7-day program or a similar day ride, to best suit the group and weather / terrain conditions, so you can get the best out of your getaway.

The beach ride is usually held on Mondays. In case this ride is not available, you will join a different itinerary in the Australian bush.


Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at lodge in the late afternoon (after 5 pm). Dinner with your hosts and co-riders.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 2: Forest Ride 
Introductory Forest Ride through the hilly terrain with tall eucalypt forests and pockets of rainforest, beautiful quiet bush trails and short fun canters. Stop for lunch under the tall gum trees in the middle of the forest. This is a shorter ride with an easy-going pace, to enable riders to get accustomed to the terrain and horses and settle international travelers into the time and climate zone. Wildlife we may encounter on our rides and on the farm are Wallabies, Goanna’s and many bird species including Black Cockatoo’s. Occasionally we may even see a koala or echidna too!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 3: Mountain Ride 
Ride to impressive Comboyne Mountain (670 m), which peak can be seen from the lodge. Magnificent 360-degree view at the top: lookout over the expanding eucalyptus NSW State Forests landscape, regional farm properties, NSW Mid North Coast coastline, Bago Bluff National Park, Comboyne Plateau and the start of the Great Dividing Range. This is the most strenuous day ride for the horses with uphill cantering, long steep up- and downhill sections and some rough terrain. Horses and riders enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at the peak, before descending back home at an easy walking pace.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge


Day 4: Beach Ride
Fantastic beach horse riding, galloping along the Pacific Ocean. Watch out for dolphins in the waves and a close encounter with kangaroos. Lunch during a break on the beach, at the ride base near a colony of the unique native Australian Grasstrees, or Aussie Fish & Chips at the local Fish Co-op. Sometimes, whales can be seen between May and November.
Transfers each way to the beach is by car & horse transport (45 minutes each way).
Guests on this program can make their way back home after the beach ride.
Because this ride is dependent on tide times, we cannot predict when the ride will end.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non-Riding Activities
During the day, non-riding partners may travel in the Southern Cross Horse Treks' 4WD vehicle through the beautiful State Forest to join the riders for lunch or may simply relax near the pool on the "Kerewong" property. 
When not horse riding, there are many other tourist attractions & holiday activities in the NSW Mid North Coast region. These include stunning coastal walks, pristine beaches, surfing, fishing, waterfalls, lookouts, Australian wildlife watching, birdwatching, bushwalking, national parks, golf courses, Macadamia Nut Farm, wineries, Port Macquarie and Taree coastal tourist towns, Koala-hospital and historic Timbertown. 

Additional Activities (extra cost - please inquire)
- Visit Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on departure transfer (only from/to Port Macquarie - not Kendall station)
- Whale watching in Port Macquarie on departure at own cost during whale migration season (May to November)