Horse Riding in the Gold Coast Hinterland

Come and explore the scenic hinterland and rainforest in a horse riding Gold Coast adventure.

Escape from the city, you'll love the nature and fresh air, and exercise muscles you didn't know you had!

If you're like most people you have a soft spot for these beautiful creatures, and will thoroughly enjoy riding through the scenic Gold Coast hinterland on horseback, on a guided trail ride.

You'll experience the earthy smell of horses and chaff; the feel of supple reins between your hands and the muted creak of saddle leather; the soft clip-clop of hooves over dusty ground or firm green fields; or a gentle whinny or snort from velvety nostrils!

A horse riding Gold Coast experience is indeed a wonderful way to spend a few hours...

A number of guided trail rides are available throughout the Gold Coast, and leave at various times during the day, and you'll find the guides (and their horses!) to be experienced, encouraging, and friendly. Horseriding at Mystery Mountain, Gold Coast, Queensland TQ

Horse riding Gold Coast tours vary from 1-2 hours, through to a half- or full-day ... although for two very good reasons, it's recommended that beginners start off with the 1-2 hour version:

One, in case you don't particularly enjoy the experience;

and two, because the shorter ride may reduce the ache that most beginners feel following the unfamiliar use of backside and thigh muscles!

Note also that young children may find it difficult or tiresome to balance on a horse for longer than an hour, so minimum age limits (~ 8-10 years) generally apply.

Shorter, led rides can usually be arranged for even younger children.

Most tour operators will cater for both experienced and beginner riders, including those with little or zero riding experience and you can rest assured that absolute beginners are allocated horses with very gentle natures.

Also, you'll be given a short horse riding lesson before setting out on the trail ride, covering basics and control of your horse.

And of course, your trail guide is an experienced rider and will also keep an eye on beginners and provide assistance on the trail, if necessary.

Once on the trail, the pace is generally relaxed and casual, with the aim being to enjoy nature and the horse riding Gold Coast experience rather than rush to cover as much ground as possible.

And while free range riding is not available, there is generally enough scope within the ride for experienced riders to still enjoy the tour.

Some of the scenery that you'll witness is magnificent, with the many natural waterways, hills and valleys that dot the Gold Coast hinterland. Horseriding in Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland TQ

So there's a good chance your trail ride will include one or two stream crossings, some hills of varying degrees, and plenty of flat ground where the adventurous beginner may encourage their horse into a gentle canter.

If you've always wanted to go horse riding but were never quite game; or if you'd like to explore the scenic Gold Coast from the back of a beautiful animal, then a supervised trail ride is the way to go.

So come on, your horse riding Gold Coast adventure awaits ...

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The cost per hour for trail rides works out at ~ $25-$35 for adults, and $20-$30 for children.
For example, a 3 hour trail ride may cost $65 for kids aged 8-14 years, and $75 for kids 15+ & adults.
Family and group rates may apply – check with tour operators.
Toilets, light refreshments. Lunch may be included, depending on length of tour.
Wet Weather
Some tour operators offer an undercover riding arena - this may be a perfect opportunity to take riding lessons.
Operating Hours
All year round, 7 days a week.
May range from 1-3 hours, up to a full day.
Handy Hints
- Wear long pants; jeans or trousers of stiff material and inner thigh seams not recommended.
- Wear closed-in shoes, ideally with a heel, or otherwise sneakers; definitely no sandals or thongs.
- Take a light backpack, to carry water bottle & insect repellent.
- Wear sunscreen and sunglasses (you’ll be provided a riding hat, with brim).
- If planning a full day’s ride, take a swimming costume in the event of an opportunity to take a dip in a mountain stream.
- Riders' weight may need to be less than 100kg; check with tour operator.
- Minimum ages may apply.
How To Get There
Some operators may provide transfers from your Gold Coast accommodation, as an added cost. Refer to map references below.
Further Info
Refer tour operator table below.

Bella Equus Equestrian Centre
663 Bonogin Rd, Bonogin
0403 189 925
Cedar Lake Equestrian Centre
Advancetown Rd, Advancetown
07-5533 2488
Currumbin Horse Riding Farm
1678 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin
07-5533 0133
Dove Haven Equestrian Park
1532 Waterford-Tamborine Rd, Yarrabilba
07-5547 0920
Guanaba Equestrian Centre
73 Collaroy Rd, Guanaba
0421 632 660
Gumnuts Farm Resort
400 Biddaddaba Creek Road, Canungra
07-5543 0191
Hoofprints Equestrian Centre
37 Gerona Circuit, Varsity Lakes
07-5520 2411
Hunter Lodge Equestrian Centre
163 Latimers Crossing Rd, Nerang
07-5533 2655
Hunting Field Lodge
16 Tarata Rd, Guanaba
07-5533 2948
Jabodine Equestrian Centre
162 Larch Rd, Tamborine Village
0414 813 130
Kim Durante Riding Academy
43 Old Wharf Rd, Pimpama
07-5547 5400
Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails
2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, Numinbah Valley
07-5533 4137
Plumbolah Equestrian Centre
50 Whittings Rd, Guanaba
07-5533 7841
Tally Park Riding Ranch
39 Koombahla Drv, Tallebudgera
07-5533 9180
Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides
Thunderbird Pk, Tamoborine Mtn Rd, Tamborine Mountain
07-5545 3505 or 1800 153 535

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