Saddle up and see the Scenic Rim on horse back.
The region is home to some industry-leading equestrian facilities. If you have your own horse you’ll find trails open to horses and riders right around the region, offering the chance to ride away from towns and roads.
No horse? No worries. There’s plenty of great places that will hook you up with a horse, all the gear and an experienced instructor.
Here’s six of our favourite places for horse riding in the Scenic Rim.
- Binna Burra Lodge: The team at Binna Burra offer trail rides, beginner rides, riding lessons and longer training clinics. Explore some of the Scenic Rim’s most spectacular trails on horseback on a group trail ride, as a team-building experience with your work colleagues, or as a family. Enjoy this authentic rural farm experience and take in the coastal views across the Hinze Dam and the Gold Coast skyline.
- Stay at Kirro: BYO horse (and dog) and stay at Kirro in the Lost World. When you book into this restored Queenslander you not only get a great place to stay the night, you’re also allowed to ride your horse around this sprawling beef cattle property in an amazing part of the Scenic Rim.
- Lake Wyaralong: Explore the 40km of multi-use trails that pass along the Lake Wyaralong shoreline and up onto the Mt Joyce ridgeline. The Western Trailhead is the hub for horse riders, providing drop-off points and holding hards.
- Thunderbird Park: Horse riding is one of many activities on offer at this Tamborine destination. Join the team at Horse Riding Hinterland and explore the 112-hectare rainforest property.
- Cedar Glen Farmstay: Book in for a sedate trail ride on a quiet horse at this fourth generation working farm at Darlington.
- Equine Group Beechmont: The team at Equine Group say experience the ‘wow’ in this magical part of the world and they’re not wrong. Take a one-on-one riding lesson, or join a group trail and see the Scenic Rim on horseback. Beginner to advanced riders catered for. Want to expand your knowledge? Book in for a horse master class.
The Scenic Rim is home to some exceptional riders. Regular polo events are held at Elysian Fields, just outside Canungra.
Nearby, Aquis Farm is spread over 447ha and is purpose-built for race horses. The Aquis team breed race horses and offer pre-training, spelling, agistment and sales preparation.
At Kalbar in the Scenic Rim’s west, champion riders Ross Smith, Matt Gaske and Hayley Morris have their training facility at Rangeview Farm. They train and sell leading thoroughbreds and European Warmbloods for eventing and show jumping