Saddle up and prepare for your next road trip as Victoria offers endless trails for you and your horse to adventure and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Horse riding is not permitted in all parks and beaches, but there are definitely some incredible locations around Victoria that will allow you trek through beautiful forest and beach trails. Before you head off on your adventure be sure to check up on the specific criteria for using the trails – some have time restrictions and specific areas for you to park your horse float.
Here are some of our favs:
High Country Horses, Merrijig
Merrijig, located in Victoria’s famous and mysterious high country, offers endless opportunities for Victorian hobby horse riders to explore with or without a personal guide. Made famous by the much-loved story of the Man from Snowy River, the mountainous ranges of the Victorian High country can be explored for days if you’re willing to camp with your horse, it’s recommended you use a guide for these trips. Or challenge yourself for a full day of wonder and exploration.
Billabong Ranch, Echuca
Billabong Ranch is a much-loved destination for horse lovers and families – there’s something for everyone! A 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne, Billabong Ranch is located just outside the historic country town of Echuca Moama. Billabong Ranch offers 390 acres of adventure: Ride with your horse through dense bushland and along the serene Goulburn and Murray Rivers. If not everyone in the family is going to be riding, there are countless activities on the ranch to keep them busy such as camel rides, bungee trampolines, and a fun park.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
If you and your horse enjoy peaceful walks along the beach, Mornington Peninsula National Park is a favorite among hobby horse riders. You get the best of both worlds: unbeatable beach views and luscious parklands. However, horses are not permitted in all areas of the park, so it’s best to check before you go as there are time restrictions in certain areas. Horses are permitted between Boag Rocks and the beach access track at Paradise Drive, St. Andrews-Rye
Wherever you decide to adventure, safety should always come first. That includes both yourself, and the safety of your gorgeous companion – your horse!
If you are new to horse floats, or your float is a bit old, here is a quick safety checklist you can use while you prepare for your trip?
- Does your car have a tow bar and the correct weight capacity to carry the float?
- Is your insurance up to date?
- Are the walls sturdy?
- Have you checked the braking system?
- Check that nothing is protruding internally or externally that will impact your horse of passers-by