Experience Details

Located in the heart of New England, an area well known for cattle, fine wool, prime lambs and most important of all, in the middle of great horse country you will find one of Australia’s most historic and beautiful stations – just waiting for you to enjoy one of Australia’s unforgettable horse and cattle station adventures.

Waterloo Station was first discovered by Alexander Campbell in 1837 and was settled by the McIntyres of the Hunter Valley. Tradition says the discovery was by no means an uneventful one as Mr Campbell only secured his “prize” after a fist fight with another explorer who also claimed priority of possession hence the name Waterloo. The original property was estimated to be 118,000 acres (48,000 ha) or twenty and a half miles (36km). Founded on naturally fertile land for premium cattle production, the property had with an estimated carrying capacity of 1500 breeding cattle and carried a reputation as a fine cattle grazing property.

Waterloo Station has been held by just five owners in almost 180 years. Since their ownership a few years ago, Don and Deborah Anderson have committed to protecting the history and improving this unique property and its surrounding environment. The Anderson family have lovingly restored all major buildings on the property in keeping with the history of the property, bringing it back to its former glory for you to enjoy.

Here you can ride your heart out, get your hands dirty by participating in some real life cattle station work and train and ride along Australia’s best stockmen and campdrafters. Today this is a 4000 acres working cattle and sheep property and whilst you can join in the action you don’t have to forego any of the luxuries when it comes to accommodation and enjoying some of the best regional foods and cool climate wines from vineyards close by. Regardless if you are staying in the shearer’s lodgings or at the homestead, you will be sleeping in beautifully appointed rooms and enjoy Australian country hospitality at its absolute best.

We do offer a number of unique horse and cattle station experiences at Waterloo which can be enjoyed all year round. The New England district has four distinct seasons to enjoy and whether experiencing a cool crisp winter morning or a temperate summer’s day, Waterloo is sure to provide a memorable experience. After a long day in the saddle depending on the season, you can enjoy sitting in front of one of the many cosy fireplaces, or cool off in the clear refreshing creek on a hot summers day. Throughout the week you will enjoy a vast menu of cattle and sheep station activities and you will also have the opportunity to give campdrafting a go and start chasing a ‘beast’.

Take a look at the program below with the details of the great experience that awaits you. For non-riders there is plenty to do and see at the station and in the area. The property boasts a large variety of outdoor activities where guests can try their hand at a range of pursuits from sapphire fossicking, bushwalking, trout fishing to exploring the properties seemingly endless hills which provide ample opportunity for bushwalking and wildlife spotting. The way the station is set-up, it’s also easy to jump into the 4WD and join up with the rider’s group along the way. However, please be warned that you might just want to sit in the garden on the veranda and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this wonderful place.

At a glance

LOCATION:

Glen Innes, New South Wales

AIRPORT:

Tamworth, Gold Coast, Armidale, Newcastle

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:

Cattle Station Riding Experience

SEASON:

August until December and January until June

DURATION:

4 Full Riding Days/5 Nights and Weekends

PRICING:

From AUD 1690 or 1450 (BYOH) per person all inclusive

LEVEL:

Intermediate and Advanced Riders

ACCOMMODATION STYLE:

Superior Country Accommodation in the historic Shearer's Quarters

FOOD AND DRINK:

All Meals. Wine or Beer with dinner

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

BYOH - Bring your own horse is available for this expeerience.

What to expect

This is the program for our 4 Days/5 Nights Program. The weekend program will be an action packed shorter version. 

Day 1 Arrival
Arrive at Waterloo mid-afternoon and get settled in at the shearer’s quarters. Take a stroll around the area and get a glimpse of the beautiful countryside which you will be exploring on horseback during the coming days. When you hear the dinner bell it will be time to get back to the shearer’s quarter for dinner and meet up with your guides and fellow riders for the week.

Day 2
Following a great country breakfast it will be time to put your boots on and walk over to the stables where you will get the horses ready for the day. Once saddled up, you will have a chance to ride around the paddocks and get acquainted with the area. This will be followed by an introduction to stockmanship and riding on a cattle station. After lunch, you will ride out and meet some sheep and cattle on the way. In the late afternoon there will be introductory roping lessons and you will learn how to crack a stockwhip. Once back at the quarters, a cold beer, a glass of white wine and nibbles followed by another example of great Australian home style cooking will be waiting for you – to be enjoyed with a couple of glasses of that great Australian Shiraz.

Day 3
Following breakfast, get ready for a day in the saddle. We will start the morning with an intro to cow working lesson and you will develop your skills by working with cattle props. The afternoon will be reserved for cattle and stockwork out in the yard and on the range. Depending on the weather, we will take you for a sunset ride in the evening. Have a shower to wash off the sweat and dust after a day in the saddle before you enjoy a wine or beer tasting on the veranda followed by a dinner around the campfire. And don’t forget to take some time out for yourself before you go to bed to gaze at the stars before you retire to your comfortable quarters for a good night’s rest. Australian starry nights are to die for!

Day 4
Get up early and get ready for an action packed day filled with all types of station activities and work. Your ride will take you to various areas of the station where you will check fences, dam levels and water troughs. You will have a picnic lunch out in the paddock and if you are lucky you can have a snooze under the beautiful gumtrees before you continue your work and your ride in the afternoon. One of these great Aussie barbies (Aussie lingo for barbecue) will be waiting for you in the evening with some Aussie lamb and beef to be enjoyed! Sit around the campfire and listen to some bush poetry and have a bit of a yarn.

Day 5
Today is campdrafting and cattle station riding skills day, where you will have a chance to cut out a beast in the yard and develop your own and your horse’s cattle station riding skills. This will be the day to put all of your skills acquired during the week to the test out on the range. In the evening, put on your best country frock and walk over to the Waterloo homestead for an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy drinks and nibbles on the veranda and the beautiful gardens followed by a dinner in the stately dining room at the Waterloo homestead. This will be an Australian experience you will cherish forever! There is only one more thing to say – Enjoy!

Day 6 Departure
Take in the view from the breakfast table and then it’s time to say goodbye and take with you what’s for you alone to keep which are all of these great memories to be cherished forever!

The Horses

You will be riding Australian stockhorses and quarter horses, all of them well-bred, trained and regularly participating in campdrafting competitions. These horses are fast and nimble when you want to track a ‘beast’ and they are definitely ‘cowy’ which you will appreciate when working a cow or participating in campdrafting activities. If you are after a more leisurely ride or just want to trail behind a mob of cattle for hours or ride through the hills and valleys, there are some more quiet horses available for a safe and leisurely ride. You can bring your own horse to this experience.

Your Guide

Details

Included:

  • A great horse incl tack and all equipment
  • Overnight yard for your horse for riders who BYOH
  • Support from experienced stockmen and trainers during the ride
  • Accommodation in the beautiful Shearer’s quarters in double or twin rooms, all of them with their own en-suite bathroom. Double and twin rooms are available for single use for participants who don’t want to share (single occupancy surcharge applies)
  • Dinner on the first night of your arrival, three meals per day and breakfast on the day of your departure
  • Various special activities throughout the week. Check out the program below for the ‘farewell dinner’ at the Waterloo homestead, beer and wine tastings, sheep dog demonstrations and bush poetry evening.
  • Beer and wine with dinner

Transfer:

With your own vehicle or by rental car from at your own expense from Tamworth, Gold Coast, Armidale, Brisbane or Sydney

Not included:

  • Domestic or international flights from and to the destination
  • Transfer from and to Waterloo Station
  • Single room surcharge for people who do not want to share a room

Prices and Dates

You can join this event with your own horse. Prices for BYOH are mentioned below. An overnight yard for your horse is included in the price. You will need to bring your own gear, horse feed and hay.

Dates from Dates to Price Status
25th April 2020 30th April 2020 AUD 2400 BYOH for 4 Full Riding Days/5Nights all inclusive Available
25th April 2020 30th April 2020 AUD 2800 for 4 Full Riding Days/5Nights all inclusive Available
7th May 2020 10th May 2020 AUD 1450 BYOH for the weekend all inclusive Available
7th May 2020 10th May 2020 AUD 1690 for the weekend all inclusive Available

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