If you’re looking for something a bit different to do on the Sunshine Coast, why not do some horse riding? On the Sunshine Coast you can ride in the hills, in a forest, or on one of our stunning beaches. There are plenty of options available; from novices who have never sat on a saddle, to packages for experienced riders. You can also choose from various locations from lakes and beaches to tropical rainforest. If you’d like to include horse riding in your holiday itinerary – and why wouldn’t you? – the wonderful Sunshine Coast has it all!
Horses on the Lake
Just a 10 minute drive from Noosa lies Lake Weyba, a large shallow salt water lake which is located in Noosa National Park. Nature-lovers, canoeists and fishermen love the serenity and beauty of the unspoilt wilderness and you can, too.
At Weyba you can find Noosa Horse Riding. They are a family-owned and run business. They will take you southwards from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach and the on to Noosa National Park. On your ride you can watch for kangaroos, lizards, birds and stingrays while enjoying breathtaking views.
Noosa Horse Riding offers a short 1 hour walk for beginners and a 2-hour novice walk & trot at Lake Weyba. Beach rides are for novices to advanced levels. Advance riders can have up to 2 hours with combinations of walk, trot and canter. Noosa Horse Riding also offers lessons, and riding for special occasions such as a honeymoon, marriage proposal, wedding anniversary, or birthday.
Horses on the Beach
In Noosa you’ll find Noosa Horses, who are located on Noosa North Shore. They have very experienced horsemen who will take you riding onto the beach at Noosa and the national park. They even have the option of taking you into the water. There’s no feeling in the world like riding a horse through the waves! On your ride you can enjoy the stunning open beach and see a huge variety of birds, and you may even spot dolphins or whales. Each day is different so give it a try! The experience is unforgettable.
Rides are held in the mornings, but check times and dates because Noosa Horses go to the beach when it’s the best time for the horses. They want their horses to enjoy the ride too!
Also based in Noosa is Equathon Horse Riding Adventures. It is managed by triple Olympian, Alex Watson. They also offer rides on the beach, but they go to Teewah Beach. For this one hour ride they take everyone from absolute beginners to experienced riders. These rides depart 3 times daily.
If you want to experience riding for a bit longer, Equathon also offers a combination of bush and beach in one 2-hour ride. These rides are run twice a day. They also have riding tours.
From May to October, Equathon runs 6-night/7-day bush and beach riding tours for intermediate to experienced riders. If you love horse riding and would like to see more of this stunning region on horseback, this is the one for you! Tours go from the Sunshine Coast along trails to the hinterland. You can walk, trot and canter along stunning beaches, through extraordinary tropical rainforest, and follow bushland trails. You will even have the opportunity to muster cattle on a Stock horse.
Prices include hotel/bed & breakfast accommodation and all meals. It also includes saddlery, tack and safety helmets.
Equathon also has riding lessons, but you’ll also find a number of other places in the Sunshine Coast where you can learn the craft of horsemanship.
For horse lovers who are lucky enough to have their own horse, the Sunshine Coast Council also has a brochure which shows horse riding tracks and trails in the Sunshine Coast. Explore the Coast in your own way and in your own time. What could be better? The brochure can be downloaded from the Council website
Please note that when you go on organized rides, there are certain restrictions placed on who can ride. These are enforced for both your safety and for the safety of the horses. Some horse-riding establishments may take children as young as 7 (depending on the ride), but very often 14 years is the minimum. Check websites for details. There is also generally a weight restriction of 90-100kg maximum.
All establishments provide helmets, but you are welcome to bring your own provided it complies with Australian standards. Most places insist that you wear long pants or leggings, and fully enclosed shoes or boots. It’s also a good idea to bring a change of clothing as you’ll probably get wet!
It’s also prudent to note that weather and tidal conditions can also affect rides at short notice, so if you are unsure about the conditions it might be an idea to contact the establishment and check prior to your ride. The safety and well-being of the horses comes first.
Whichever option you choose, horse riding in the Sunshine Coast will give you an unforgettable experience and make your trip here truly the highlight of any holiday!