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Australian Classical Dressage Horse Riding Getaway

The two-night getaway is designed to provide guests with a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle. Avoca Park's 2-night getaway is an escape into the Yarra Ranges to enjoy the lovely location and the wonderful services Avoca Park provides. This option is available any time of the week.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Snaffle bridles on all the horses with leather Peter Horobin saddles or leather dressage saddles (ponies have all purpose saddles)
  • Horses: There are 12 wonderful school horses ranging from the 10hh Miniature Shetland to the 17.3hh FEI Trained Dutch Warmblood mare. We have the perfect range of horses to suit each rider's individual needs.

Meet the instructors

Leanne
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Highlights

  • Horse riding for all levels- Beginner to experienced
  • 1 day with one horse riding lesson
  • Complimentary in-house relaxation massage OR reiki and sound healing
  • Breakfast provided both mornings
  • Lunch and dinner provided on the second day
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Melbourne Airport (US$ 132 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The accommodation includes a luxurious apartment or the shared bunkhouse, which have an adjoining private bedroom - superb for any family trip with its self-contained kitchen.

Bunkhouse

The bunkhouse includes a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, lounge/ dining area, a bunk room, and a private bedroom. The bunkhouse is the perfect setup for a group of friends or a family looking for a good value country getaway. It can accommodate a total of ten guests in two separate bedrooms; one bedroom has a double bed, and the other bedroom has four bunks, allowing for eight people. Each bedroom has an entrance doorway to the well-appointed, communal bathroom.

The lounge area has a 42-inch flat-screen television, DVD player, and stereo if you just want to relax. With a path taking you out of the bunkhouse to the outdoor spa set in a quiet sanctuary of an evening, overlooking the stables.

What a perfect way to relax under the kookaburra laughs of dusk, as the stars slowly start to appear through the trees in the evenings. Surrounded by beautiful Paulownia trees, the bunkhouse is well protected from the sun in summer and warmed by effective heating in the cooler months. There is an undercover outdoor sitting area with a barbecue and heater, which is a popular spot to read or watch the horses go by.

The Apartment

Including private bedroom with en suite. There is a kettle and minifridge in the room but the guests will have access to a fully equipped kitchen just 10 meters away. Avoca Park’s popular apartment is stylishly decorated and perfectly appointed for the equine enthusiasts, situated near the entrance to the Indoor Arena. It has a super comfy Queen bed, small dining table with chairs a flat-screen television, DVD player with an assortment of movies to watch.

The apartment is comfortable all year round, protected from the heat in summer, but snug during the cooler months with great heating.

Program

This two-night getaway is designed to provide guests with a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle.

Your first evening is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the wonderful local restaurants or you may bring your take-out to Avoca Park or even make your own meal in the kitchen. They are set in a beautiful location and you can hear the parrots and kookaburras sing as the sun sets in this quiet haven among the hills.

They have a new spa available onsite set near the stables in a newly paved courtyard. You can enjoy the view of the horses quietly eating their dinner as the evening continues.

Saturday is designed to provide you with an amazing day, enjoying breakfast brought to the apartment or bunkhouse. You will get to have a lesson with Australia’s only coach who has attained the qualifications of Level 3 Equestrian Australia Dressage Coach. Leanne has also gotten her Classical Dressage license as a School of Legerete teacher. Her teaching encompasses her belief in kindness and forming a bond between rider and horse. We have wonderful horses on site to match your size and skill sets, and the lesson will be moulded to suit your needs.

After a delicious lunch provided, your afternoon will involve your choice of a relaxing full body massage, facial, or reflexology treatment (included in the 2-night getaway package) from local business massage in the Valley & Ranges, a mobile day spa that will join you in a small classroom above the indoor arena. With beautiful views of lessons when they are held in the covered arena.

In your relaxed state, you have time to enjoy yourself, view the wonderful property, or visit the area, and at 6 p.m., they will bring you a cocktail, followed by a beautiful, mouth-watering meal cooked by the in-house chef using locally sourced seasonal produce.

Breakfast is provided again the following day before it is time to check out and return home. If you wish to book an additional lesson, this is possible, depending on availability. You may, however, wish to visit some of the wonderful local attractions before your return home, such as Healesville Sanctuary. Local wineries and gin distilleries, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, or Puffing Billy. Avoca Park is fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful country townships and hidden gems of the Yarra Valley, such as Emerald and Healesville.

Avoca Park can’t wait for your visit and to share our wonderful facilities with you.

Riding session

Once Leanne has made an assessment of your skills, she will design a program that will rapidly aid you in the development of the proper grounding necessary to educate you at the level that you are.

Riding gear

All horses have their own handmade Peter Horobin saddles or leather dressage saddles fitted to them; their individual Snaffle bridles are all fitted and maintained. The ponies have little pony saddles. Avoca Park has helmets of all sizes available for riders to use.

Instructors

Leanne Williams

Location

Avoca Park is situated between the beautiful Yarra Valley, the wine district of Victoria, and the Dandenong Ranges, with beautiful bush and tree-fern surroundings. It has a huge variety of tourist sites, such as:

  • Puffing Billy, the only running steam train in Victoria
  • A walk up the 1000 steps in Ferntree Gully National Park, where you can often see the Lyre birds
  • A huge variety of wineries offering red, white, and amazing Champagne options
  • Gin distilleries
  • Local chocolaterie with all things chocolate!
  • Amazing gardens
  • Local lakes
  • A lovely local town with award-winning cafes and restaurants

Features

General

  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

Food

On your first evening after checking in, Avoca Park does not provide an evening meal. You may check in at a time convenient to you and they highly recommend you check out some of the beautiful award-winning local restaurants. You are also welcome to bring take-away food with you or cook in the kitchens at Avoca Park.

Breakfast is provided at 8 a.m. each day, Prior to your arrival we will check in to see what you would like to enjoy out of the following selections for the duration of your stay. Breakfast is a choice of cereals, muesli, raisin bread, crumpets, sourdough, spreads, yogurt, seasonal fruits, and fruit juices.

Your lunch will consist of a smorgasbord of seasonal salads, accompanied by free-range chicken cooked to perfection. A side of chocolates, muesli bars, and fruit is available.

Followed in the evening at 6 p.m. a cocktail, shortly followed by dinner: Salmon or chicken schnitzel with roast pumpkin and salad, complimented with homemade chocolate cake with cream and ice cream for dessert.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Avoca Park has amazing local experiences; some of the things they can offer you are:

Puffing Billy

This is Australia’s favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 24-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

Healesville Sanctuary

Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals, including the iconic koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats, and emus, in their natural surroundings. It is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Center. Visit the center, which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.

Skin Renaissance

Situated in the heart of Emerald, Victoria, nestled in the forests of the Dandenong Ranges, it offers complete health, wellness, anti-aging, and beauty experience combining natural treatments with the latest cutting-edge therapies from Europe. Relax, refresh, and rejuvenate as you experience their luxurious facial, body, and massage therapies in a tranquil environment.

Be revived and replenished with one of their pamper packages or they can tailor a package to suit your individual needs. This is a place to immerse yourself and indulge in treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your total well-being.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Ice Creamery

Set on 16 hectares, it combines striking architecture with a unique food experience amidst picturesque valley views. The Chocolaterie welcomes you with free entry and abundant free chocolate tastings, displays of thousands of premium chocolates, and large viewing windows where you can see European chocolatiers at work handcrafting creations.

Spa treatments

One complimentary in-house massage is included in the package.

What's included

  • 1 horse riding lesson
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner of full day and breakfast before checkout
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Relaxation massage or Reiki & Sound Healing onsite at Avoca Park
  • Pick up from the local bus stop

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (available at an additional 200 AUD)
  • Additional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Melbourne Airport (MEL). Transfers are not yet included in the package but are available at an additional cost. If you're coming via public transport:

  • Get a SkyBus to Southern Cross Station
  • Get a train to Belgrave Station
  • Get a 362 Bus to Avonsleigh
  • From there, Avoca Park can pick you up at no charge.

Driving directions

  • If you're hiring a car, travel on the Tullamarine Freeway into Melbourne then get on the M1.
  • Get off at Wellington Road and travel all the way to the end.
  • Turn right at the roundabout at the top.
  • Travel through 3 more roundabouts in Emerald.
  • Continue driving to Avonsleigh.
  • Turn left at a general store.
  • Turn second right onto Avon Road.
  • Continue driving till you reach a roundabout.
  • Drive straight through, this turns into Kennedy Road.
  • Drive to the end and turn right. This is Avoca Park's road, they are three kilometers on the right.
Airport: Melbourne Airport Airport transfer available: Melbourne Airport (US$ 132 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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