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OSUJillyBean

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Horseback riding in Australia
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:01:18 AM »
DH and I are leaving for Australia this weekend and will be spending two weeks there.  We had originally planned on booking a horseback ride in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney but when I went online today to book the trip, I saw a public announcement stating that the owners had been fined over $50,000 by the courts due to cruelty and neglect following several inspections by the RSPCA!  :o :( :(

Here is our itinerary:

2 days in Blue Mountains
1 day in Hunters Valley
2 days in Sydney
4 days in the Outback near Ayer's Rock / Alice Springs
2 days in Cairns
3 days in Port Douglas
1 night in Melbourne

If anyone knows of a place to hire horses that doesn't look like a Sarah McLachlan ad I'll be really grateful!! 
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Redsoil

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 10:10:41 AM »
Give this one a go, Jillybean.

http://www.huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au/

Hope you enjoy your travels in Oz!
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 10:24:36 AM »
We've booked with them.  And they were a lot cheaper than the cruel-to-animals place to boot! 

Thanks Redsoil!

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 11:09:26 PM »
Have a great trip!

FYI Ayers Rock is now known by its native name - Uluru.  While noone would say anything, its considered disrespectful to the Aboriginal community to persist with calling it its white name.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2013, 09:51:43 AM »
No worries, Jillybean.  Have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2013, 09:57:27 AM »
Actually, if you also want somewhere nice to dine, Margan Winery and restaurant is excellent.  Absolutely gorgeous food and wines.  Not inexpensive, but very good quality and friendly service.  The boss and I were in the Hunter for a conference, and we loved the food there!

http://www.margan.com.au/margan-cellar-door/
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2013, 08:25:30 PM »
Actually, if you also want somewhere nice to dine, Margan Winery and restaurant is excellent.  Absolutely gorgeous food and wines.  Not inexpensive, but very good quality and friendly service.  The boss and I were in the Hunter for a conference, and we loved the food there!

http://www.margan.com.au/margan-cellar-door/

For something more upmarket if that takes your fancy, the restaurant at Peppers is lovely. See if you can get a table on the verandah with a view over the vines. If you have time for tastings in the hv  after horsenriding I strongly recommend going to Scarborough. Other people may do nicer wines but they do the best tasting experience by far. I would avoid most of the vineyards that are usually recommended in tourist books. We did the tourist vineyards a while back and found them decidedly inferior to the locally owned smaller ones.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2013, 09:27:35 PM »
DH and I are leaving for Australia this weekend and will be spending two weeks there.  We had originally planned on booking a horseback ride in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney but when I went online today to book the trip, I saw a public stating that the owners had been fined over $50,000 by the courts due to cruelty and neglect following several inspections by the RSPCA!  :o :( :(

Here is our itinerary:

2 days in Blue Mountains
1 day in Hunters Valley
2 days in Sydney
4 days in the Outback near Ayer's Rock / Alice Springs
2 days in Cairns
3 days in Port Douglas
1 night in Melbourne

If anyone knows of a place to hire horses that doesn't look like a Sarah McLachlan ad I'll be really grateful!!

Wow - that's some itinerary! You're covering a lot of miles there. Hope you have a great time!