Experience Details

Once you drive through the gates of Kelvin Falls, you have arrived in great cattle and horse country. Meet the O’Dea family who has been farming in the beautiful Elbow Valley for more than 140 years. Andrew is a fifth generation Southern Downs cattleman and he and his wife Rowena both grew up on farms which has influenced them to open up their beautiful property to visitors.

The property as it is today is 790 hectares (or about 2000 acres) and is made up of soil types which vary from the clay loam at the front paddocks to the sandy granite in the hills lots of open rangeland, typical of New England Granite land types which is ideal for raising cattle and you guessed it right – for horse riding.

There is plenty of wide open pasture inviting you to go for a canter and some hills ready to be climbed on with some spectacular views along the way. The large granite rocks and boulders and the black angus cattle sprinkled across the landscape could easily qualify for an epic western movie. It’s just these good looking large gum trees which will remind you that you are in Australian horseriding heartland.

You will be staying in a beautifully restored country cottage with fully equipped kitchen and dining area, 2 bedrooms (1 Queen plus 1 Single), bathroom and a beautiful patio garden area with your own barbecue.

Fully self-contained, the cottage has everything you need to make you feel like you are owning the farm. You can bring and cook your own country food or have a barbecue overlooking the beautiful pastures from your own cottage. For your country breakfast you will be able to feast on Rowena’s great breakfast basket, which is a real treat and included in your rate.

Should you feel like going out, there is some great pub food available within easy driving distance.

Kelvin Falls is an ideal place to relax and just enjoy country life, the horses, the cattle and beautiful scenery which will all invite you to “disconnect” from your daily life, reconnect with nature, create new life experiences and memories that will last a lifetime!

At a glance


Elbow Valley, Queensland




Signature Experience


March - November


2 – 4 Days / 3 – 5 Nights


From AUD 500 per day/person


Intermediate and Advanced Riders / BYO - Bring your own horse only


Cottage Style Accommodation


BYO Food and Drink


Bookings for min. 4 persons

What to expect

This is one of our signature experiences which means that you can put your own stamp on your stay. For your inspiration, this is what a stay at Kelvin Falls could look like.

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive after 2 pm, settle in and explore the farm, meet your hosts, the animals and the horses.

Day 2

In the morning your horse will be waiting for you just a few meters from your cottage so explore the beautiful landscape on horseback just for fun or join Andrew to check on some cattle.

In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to take in some of the sights in the area like visiting Mary Falls.

Day 2

After one of these great country breakfast, saddle up early and get ready to check on some fences, water troughs or muster cattle. There is always some work to do and you are welcome to join in.

Enjoy a quiet afternoon lazing out in the hammock. In the early evening, ride out to one of the falls and up the hill to enjoy one of those spectacular sunsets.

In the evening, following one of these great barbies (Australian for barbecue), sit around the campfire and have a bit of a yarn.

Day 3

Chances are that not only your horse will be calling you, but there is a bit of work waiting for you. Cattle mustering might be on the agenda, so don’t miss the chance to get involved.

Day 4: Departure

Enjoy another one of these hearty breakfasts before it’s time to say goodbye to your hosts, your horse and some of the other animals.

The Horses

You will be riding one of Kelvin Falls well-bred and trained stockhorses, all of them familiar with the terrain and working cattle for a most enjoyable ride. For families and visiting children there is a pony available for children with appropriate riding experience and skills.

Your Guide

Andrew O’Dea

Andrew is a fifth generation Southern Downs cattleman with an agri-business degree and has been involved in traditional and sustainable farming not only on his family property but with the management of large cattle stations up North.



  • A great horse, tack, and support from experienced stockmen, guide and hosts during your stay
  • Accommodation in a fully self-contained cottage on the farm
  • Rowena’s famous country breakfast basket – not to be missed!

Kelvin Falls can best be reached by car and it is recommended that guests take a rental car to get to the farm.

Not included:
Domestic or international flights from and to the destination and transfers.

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