Experience Details

Welcome to Passchendaele, a working 5,500 acres cattle station in Queensland, located in the South Burnett in the foothills of the beautiful Bunya Mountains!

It’s time to discover the rich history of this cattle country and enjoy a cattle station adventure in the heart of the true Australian bush. This beautiful piece of land has been owned and operated by the same family since 1921. The name ‘Passchendaele’ was selected by Ken’s grandfather, Arthur Mervyn Bassingthwaighte. After Mervyn returned from World War I he was keen to remember his fallen comrades, so he named his property after the ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ in Belgium in which he fought in 1917. The property today is owned by Mervyn’s grandson Ken Stone and his wife Carolyn. They lovingly call it PFarm and since 1988 they have been welcoming guests from around the world to their beautiful place. Once you arrive at PFarm, you will immediately feel welcome by Ken and Carolyn who are very passionate about this beautiful land and their cattle and they will not hold back in sharing that great passion with you.

Obviously, you are here to enjoy some great horse riding and to explore this beautiful cattle country but also get prepared for some good old country hospitality and being spoiled with great food and have lots of fun. There is nothing better than enjoying a country barbecue, tasty food prepared in the camp oven, a picknick by the creek and sitting around the campfire having a yarn with your fellow riders and your hosts Carolyn and Ken. And, let’s not forget the evenings when you will enjoy ‘happy hour’ and watch these magical sunsets from high up on the hill.

Whilst most of our guests will be busy on horseback all day long there is also lots to do for non-riding guests or if you want to take a break from riding for a couple hours. There are local attractions to be visited and cellar doors opening up for you to taste some local wines or you can spend a leisurely afternoon fishing and yabbying or just find your most favourite spot to relax in the most beautiful gardens or sit under the pergola with a glass of chilled wine and a good book and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this wonderful place.

But now it’s time to put on your boots and once you get on your horse you will get more than just a taste of how it feels to work on a cattle station. You will be able to join right in with the crew and you can be a cowboy or cowgirl for the next few days, checking cattle, moving cattle and riding horses, horses and more horses.

 

At a glance

LOCATION:

South Burnett near Kingaroy QLD

AIRPORT:

Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:

Cattle Station Experience

SEASON:

June - October

DURATION:

3 Full Riding Days / 4 Nights

PRICING:

From AUD 2300 BYOH, all inclusive

LEVEL:

Intermediate and Advanced Riders

ACCOMMODATION STYLE:

Country style B&B accommodation in the cottage or the homestead

FOOD AND DRINK:

All Meals and Beverages

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

BYOH - Bring your own horse is available for advanced riders

What to expect

You will spend about 5 – 6 hours in the saddle each day and there is always a job to be done. Day to day activities are dependent on the season and what needs to be done at that moment to care for the livestock.

In addition to getting your hands dirty, our guides will make sure that you get plenty of time in the saddle together with learnings about moving and working with cattle. If you bring your own horse the emphasis will be to give your horse some exposure to ranch riding and developing your horsemanship skills. Depending on the trainer and the theme of the week, there will also be an opportunity to develop your cattle working skills. As with all of Horses & Cattle Australia experiences, this is the real deal and to get the most out of the experience as a guest, you will be supported and guided by experienced horse professionals, specializing in campdrafting, horsemanship and ranch riding. If you are an experienced rider this will be an experience of a lifetime for you as a rider but it will also give you and your horse more exposure working out in the open range and learning to work together as a team.

Please get in touch with us before you book yourself in so we can provide you with more details about what’s planned for the date you picked. Learning more about your expectations before you book, will ensure that this experience is right for you, your riding level and for your horse (if you bring your own).

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive mid-afternoon and get yourself settled at the homestead or the cottage. If you bring your own horse, set up your horse yard or get your horse settled in the cattle yards. It’s then time to join your group of fellow riders and trainers for ‘happy hour’ and a briefing on the program that we have in store for you during the days ahead. We only work with six to eight riders at a time and we want you to have a truly enjoyable experience. This is another opportunity for us to learn more about your expectations for the week and the trainers will do everything possible to meet them. Following dinner, we will call it an early night to be ready for the next day’s adventures.

 Day 2

Start the day with a country cooked breakfast before it’s time to saddle-up and unleash your inner cowgirl/cowboy. The first morning will focus on working with the trainer and some team activities in the yard and we will then head out for a ride. Lunch will be ready upon your return or you might enjoy a picnic lunch in the paddock.

We’ll saddle up again in the afternoon when we will head out to meet some cattle on the way and depending on what’s on the stations’ work agenda, you will get involved in moving some stock. Get back to the station and once the horses are settled there are some nibbles and drinks waiting for you, followed by dinner.

Day 3 – 4 

The program each day is driven by your expectations, the trainer’s specialty and most importantly by the work that needs to be done on the station on the day.

 

We do spend about 4 – 6 hours in the saddle each day giving you a chance to explore the most beautiful spots on Passchendaele on horseback. Usually, we head out twice per day and we sometimes pack our lunches into a saddle bag and head out for an all-day adventure.

 

Since this is an authentic working cattle station, it’s the animals and nature who dictate the schedule. However, a typical day would be an early rise and after a hearty country breakfast, you will saddle up and ride out to the area where a job like checking fences, mustering and moving cattle or checking water troughs and dams, needs to be done that day. During certain times of the year, you might also become involved in some yardwork like branding, earmarking, vaccinating, etc.

 

Back at the station, once the horses are fed and settled in their yards, there might be time to relax in the beautiful garden near the homestead or you just go and have a shower to wash off the sweat and dust after a day in the saddle before you enjoy some nibbles and a cold beer or a glass of sparkling on the veranda. And then there will be these evenings when we’ll just know that there will be these spectacular sunsets not to be missed. So, be quick, jump in the back on the ute and let’s drive up the hill to enjoy it!

This will then be followed by a home-cooked dinner – to be enjoyed with a couple of glasses of that great Australian Shiraz. In the evening, after dinner, we usually sit around the campfire and have a bit of a yarn and so many laughs for sure.

Day 5 

It’s time to say goodbye and take with you what’s for you alone to keep which are all of these great memories and learnings to be cherished forever!

The Horses

All of our experiences at Passchendaele are guided by two qualified horse trainers and we encourage you to bring your own horse to enjoy this wonderful experience. However, we realize there might be times where some guests might not be in a position to enjoy such an adventure with their own horse. For these occasions we do have a small number of horses available for our guests to ride. These are mainly Australian stockhorses and quarter horses, all of them well-trained. So, if you are after a leisurely ride and just want to trail behind a mob of cattle for hours or ride through the hills and valleys, we have a number of quiet pleasure horses available for a safe and very enjoyable, leisurely ride.

Your Guide

John Briggs

Riding with John is very much about knowledge sharing and he will help you to develop that special connection with your horse which goes way beyond what you thought you could achieve.

Details

Included:

  • A great horse incl tack and all equipment
  • Overnight cattle yard for your horse for riders who BYOH (Bring your own horse)
  • Support from experienced stockmen and trainers during the ride
  • Country style B&B accommodation in the cottage or homestead in double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms. 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, smoko, beverages and breakfast on the day of your departure
  • Beer and wine with dinner

Transfer:

With your own car or by rental car from at your own expense from Brisbane (3 hours), Toowoomba (3 hours) or Sunshine Coast Airport (3.5 hours)

Not included:

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

Prices and Dates

Experienced and advanced riders can join this event with their own horse on selected dates. For the Long Riding Weekend (3 Days / 4 Nights), pay AUD 2300 all inclusive if you BYOH (Bring Your Own Horse). The price of AUD 2300 includes an overnight yard (tape fencing or cattle yard) for your horse. You will need to bring your own gear, feed and hay.

Dates from Dates to Price Status
12th July 2022 16th July 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive Fully Booked
16th July 2022 20th July 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive Fully Booked
9th August 2022 13th August 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive 5 Saddles Available
13th August 2022 17th August 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive 3 Saddles Available (BYOH)
6th September 2022 10th September 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive 4 Saddles Available
10th September 2022 14th September 2022 AUD 2300 BYOH / AUD 2500 for 3 Days/4 Nights all inclusive 4 Saddles Available

Get in touch

call us

+61 (0) 418 613 930

email us

info@horsesandcattle.com

online enquiry