As the race that stops a nation approaches, here at Flight Centre, we thought we'd use this opportunity to pause momentarily before letting the Melbourne Cup provide inspiration for our next vacation. Admiring the incredible Australian outback on a horse riding adventure is a fantastic experience. Luckily, there are many horse riding clubs throughout the country that will have you cantering into the sunset.
Here are our top five places to enjoy a horse riding adventure in Australia.
Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
As the snow melts to reveal the staggering beauty of the region, travellers have the opportunity of channelling the "Man from Snowy River" and embarking on a life-affirming horse riding expedition in the famed Snowy Mountains. The local outfits offer guided horse treks to take you in search for the elusive wild horse - the brumby.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
While the attraction of the Sunshine Coast is definitely the beautiful beaches, we think your Queensland holiday could be supplemented with a horse riding quest through the region's hinterland. A popular location is the Mary Valley, where the trails wind through verdant farmlands, lush rainforests and mountain peaks.
High Country, Victoria
Irresistibly close to Melbourne, head north-east into the Victorian High Country to traverse original mountain trails used by pioneering cattlemen. There are routes that cater to all horse riding levels - from the novice through to the experienced rider who enjoys a good solid canter. Regardless of the pace of your horse, be sure to look up and take in the incredible scenery.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
The iconic Blue Mountains, around 100 kilometres inland from Sydney boast hiking and cycling opportunities. However, the next time you head west, consider admiring the landscape on one of the many horse riding trails. There are also various lodges that focus on horse riding holidays - to make the whole experience seamless.
Margaret River, Western Australia
As a principle wine-tasting and surfing destination, Margaret River, a couple hours south of Perth, is firmly placed on many travellers itineraries. But if you can pull yourself away from the cellar door hospitality, perhaps you'll appreciate a casual trot through the nearby Jesters Flat. There's a variety of different trails to choose from - each promising an invigorating outdoor experience.