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4 Days Ironbark House Horse Riding Holiday in Dimbulah, QLD, Australia

Ironbark House, 109 Short Road, Dimbulah, Mareeba , Atherton Tablelands. Australia

Exclusive Horse Riding Holiday Australia

Experience luxury accommodation and guided trail ride around the 1345 acres cattle and wildlife property. This is extremely exclusive and only caters to a maximum of three riders at a time. Offering 1, 2 or 3 hour rides with it being possible to do multiple rides without covering the same territory. The horses have been with Ironbark House since they were youngsters and have competed in many disciplines. The rides are individually tailored and adjusted to your level of experience and riders can expect to see wallabies, kangaroos, lots of birdlife, and cattle on the rides. Lessons can be given if preferred.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 100 kilos / 220 pounds
  • Horse height range: 14.3 to 15hh
  • Tack type: English or Australian stock saddles
  • Horse breed type: Australian and Quarter

Highlights

  • 2 tailor-made horse riding excursions
  • Complimentary bird and wildlife walk
  • Private tours on the property catered to any level
  • Explore the farm and learn about the cattle and grazing side of the property
  • The resident colony of rock wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles
  • 3 nights accommodation at Ironbark House
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and milk

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Just constructed, Ironbark House has two large bedrooms both with spacious ensuites, separated by a welcoming kitchen, dining, and living area with a generous verandah overlooking the most amazing vista for luxurious al-fresco dining and entertaining.

The raked ceilings add to the sense of light, freedom, and spaciousness that this modern Australian bush retreat has in abundance. This completely private 1345 acre working cattle property is a mix of wildlife habitat, with a healthy bird population of well over 100 different species found on the property, as well as it is own colony of rock wallabies.

The Accommodation

Bedroom 1 has a King bed which can be split into two singles if required. The generous room has full sized wardrobe, seating area, direct access onto the verandah and spacious ensuite.

Bedroom 2 has a Queen bed and a day bed which can be converted into a King bed. Wardrobe, ensuite and amazing views finish this room.

The Kitchen is well equipped bearing in mind that this house is totally dependent of solar power generation, so you won’t find power hungry monsters like microwaves, dishwashers and coffee machines here, but has all the essentials for a comfortable stay. The oven and cooktop are gas, there is a generous fridge, tea, coffee, and basic condiments are provided.

The combined dining and living area, which like every room in the house has amazing views is equipped with dining table for 6, VAST TV which offers plenty of channels, there is good mobile and internet reception (no WIFI).

There are two verandahs to make the most of the sun (or shade) during the day. The main one comes complete with BBQ, al-fresco dining and seating area. Sit and watch the sun go down while being entertained by the local wildlife.

Program

Upon check-in on the first day, Ironbark House Horse Riding team will explain all there is to offer at the property and surrounding areas. The property is just over an hour's drive to Chillagoe Caves and Aboriginal Art sites which makes for an excellent day or half-day excursion. Atherton and the surrounding villages are also an hours drive away. We also offer private birding/wildlife and farm tours on property, as well as over 25 kilometers of marked hiking trails.

On the first two-hour ride, you will be introduced to the horses at the stable area, get mounted and we will work out your experience level in an enclosed arena before heading out around the property. If the guests' level of ability is not suitable for an independent trail ride, the guide can lead you, teach lessons, or modify the program to suit you.

Assuming you are all good to go, you will head out to the southern part of the property to Wallaby Rock where your very own resident colony of rock wallabies live. The ride will be mainly at the walk and trot over varying terrains from dry sclerophyll to tropical savannah forest with plenty of photo opportunities. After visiting the Wallabies, you will climb around the Western part of the property for fantastic views of the surrounding wilderness.

On the second two-hour ride, you will head out to the northern side of the property to see what bird and wildlife are. You will then continue on to check on the cattle and possibly find a friendly one to pat. Again, this ride has amazing scenery and views with a mix of terrain.

Both rides can be tailored to meet the experience of the riders.

Maximum group size: 6 people

The riding group size is a maximum of 3 per ride. If there are more guests than this the rides will be split into 2 groups.

Location

Ironbark House is situated on the ridgeline of Ironbark Hill approximately 600 meters above sea level gazing out across the wilderness. This totally off-grid 1345 acres property which has its own solar power generation system, sewage treatment and harvests all its own water, is located on the outskirts of the Atherton Tablelands in the farming district of Dimbulah on route to Mt Mulligan and Chillagoe.

It is located less than 2 hours drive from either Cairns or Port Douglas making it an accessible way to experience the beginning of the Australian Outback.

Food

Ironbark House is set up for you to self cater with a full kitchen and BBQ. They can, however, arrange pre-prepared wholesome meals which are usually frozen for you to heat yourselves. These are mainly organic and individually made.

They can also arrange lunches or breakfast hampers. All of these must be ordered well in advance and charges will apply. There may also be beef BBQ packs available for purchase.

The nearest large shopping center is at Mareeba, 40 minutes drive prior to arriving at Ironbark House.

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

Private on-property walks and tours

These can be arranged with a guide of 20 years’ experience ranging from early morning birding to night spot-lighting, rock wallaby haunts and mountain hikes or farm tours. If, after exploring the property, watching wildlife, or just lazing with a book you need more to do, in the surrounding area, you will find a wealth of activities, each one accessible as a day excursion.

Additional horse riding

Additional horse riding can be arranged. Or longer horse rides. Extra charges will apply.

Pre-arranged meal packages

Pre-arranged breakfast/lunch/dinner packages or grocery shopping can be arranged.

Free - self-drive: Mt Mulligan mine

Around 40 kilometers to the north is historical Mt Mulligan who’s mine was the site of one of Australia’s worst mining disasters with 75 people losing their lives in 1921. You can visit the mine site, cemetery, and ruins of the town.

Free - self-drive: Tyrconnel Mine and Battery

The heritage-listed Tyrconnel Mine and Battery (1876) nestled between Thornborough and Kingsborough is a couple of km detour en-route to Mt Mulligan.

Free - self-drive: Limestone Caves

Head West for an hour and you will reach the mining town of Chillagoe famous for its Limestone Caves, historical smelter and Marble quarries. The Caves, estimated to be between 600 to 1000 in number, can be visited alone or to access the larger deeper caves are available through Ranger-guided tours several times a day. This day trip will give you a real appreciation of outback life in Australia.

What's included

  • Horse riding as listed in package details
  • 2 x 2 hour horse rides per guest
  • As much help as you need in planning your other activities
  • Private accommodation for 3 nights

What's not included

  • Daily meals
  • Transfers

How to get there

Directions to Ironbark House from Port Douglas

  • Once leaving Port Douglas, turn Right on the Captain Cook Highway towards Mossman.
  • Before Mossman turn Left towards Mt Molloy/Mareeba on Mossman-Mt Molloy Road.
  • Keep heading through Julatten, Mt Molloy township and on towards Mareeba along the Mulligan Highway.
  • Just before Mareeba (though you may want to stock up on supplies here) turn Right towards Dimbulah/Chillagoe and past the Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds.
  • Continue on this road for about 45km until you get to the town of Dimbulah.
  • Go past the Junction Hotel and take the second Right into Stephens Road.
  • Continue for a couple of kms, over the Walsh River, up the hill and take the First Right into Leadingham Creek Road.
  • Follow this for several kms, just after you pass a huge shed on the right, take the first Left towards Mt Mulligan and immediately turn Left again into Inverardi Road.
  • This is a gravel road which does a ‘dog-leg’, changes name into Short Road. The gate is directly across the end of the road.
  • Once you enter the gate turn left. Please call Ironbark House once you arrive so they can meet you.
  • Please be aware there may be cattle loose so please close/leave all gates as you have found them.

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 7 days before arrival.
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