Experience Details

Located in the heart of New England, an area well known for fine wool, prime lambs and cattle and most important of all, in the middle of great horse country you will find one of Australia’s most historic and beautiful cattle 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, 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. Driving through the gates of Waterloo Station you will feel of how it must have been to live in a pastoralist mansion a couple hundred years ago and you can now enjoy a real luxury cattle station experience and relive history in beautiful surroundings. Waterloo is a delightful place to relax and enjoy the pristine surrounds of this historical property.

The grand Waterloo homestead (circa 1908) and picturesque gardens provides an unforgettable insight into times past and offers superior country accommodation. For our luxury horse riding escapes and retreats, you can indulge and stay at the Waterloo Homestead with its grand proportions and historic surroundings where you will be sleeping in beautifully appointed rooms and enjoy Australian country hospitality at its absolute best. Regardless if you visit Waterloo Station for a luxury experience, to enjoy a romantic getaway, or if you come for the horse riding and cattle station experience, you will enjoy the insight into days gone by. It is absolutely beautiful, restful and peaceful with a sense of tranquility.

In the morning your horse will be waiting for you and once you return from your ride through the valley and along the rolling hillsides you will enjoy your afternoon on the veranda overlooking the most beautiful gardens having a cup of tea and tasting some (you can’t possibly stop after one, they are so delicious) of Deborah’s fresh scones. And before the sun goes down take a leisurely stroll where century old English elm trees watch over the beautifully manicured gardens before you go back to the homestead where drinks, followed by a wonderful dinner in the homestead’s stately dining room is calling for you to enjoy.

We do offer a number of unique horse and cattle station experiences at Waterloo throughout the year. The New England district has four distinct seasons to enjoy. 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.

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. 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, Inverell

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:

Luxury Weekend Experience

SEASON:

All year round

DURATION:

2.5 Days / 3 Nights

PRICING:

Weekends starting from AUD 1790 and AUD 1550 BYOH

LEVEL:

Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Riders

ACCOMMODATION STYLE:

Luxury Country Style Accommodation

FOOD AND DRINK:

All meals, drinks, beer and wine for dinner

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Ideal for a relaxing or romantic weekend getaway

What to expect

Day 1 Arrival
Arrive on Thursday afternoon and get settled in. Meet your hosts, take a stroll and explore the beautiful gardens and grounds and walk over to the stables and paddocks where the horses will be waiting to greet you. Enjoy drinks on the veranda on a beautiful summer evening or in one of the beautiful reception rooms in front of the fireplace.

Day 2
Wake to the sound of nature with no hurry to be anywhere or enjoy an early morning walk before you sit down to start the day with an early morning breakfast. After breakfast it’s time to saddle up and you will be taken out for a beautiful ride through the valley. Lunch will be served once you return. After lunch, the only decision to be made is if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens, go for a snooze under the gumtrees or if you would like to join in the action and ride behind a mob of cattle, moving them from one pasture to another. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue in the evening and enjoy sitting around the campfire and having a yarn.

Day 3
This will be an action packed day where depending on the station’s work agenda, you can ride with the crew, get your hands dirty and work up a sweat if you want to, or just simply tag along, enjoy the scenery and watch the activity from the back of your horse. By lunchtime you will have worked up an appetite for sure and this is when a picnic lunch will be waiting for you. Once you return from your ride you will enjoy your afternoon on the veranda overlooking the most beautiful gardens having a cup of tea together with these utterly delicious scones. In the evening, dinner will be served in the stately dining room and you will feel transported back to a time gone by – that will remind you of scenes movies such as ‘Australia’ or ‘The Thorn Birds’ are made of.

Day 4
Following breakfast you will have the chance to take your horse for another morning ride, before you will – unfortunately – have to say goodbye!

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 just ride through the hills and valleys, there are some more quiet horses available for a safe and leisurely ride.

Codie Law

Codie has been competing in campdrafting since he was a youngster As an accomplished competitor Codie’s list of wins and titles are impressive and throughout the year he successfully competes at all of the major events like the Warwick Gold Cup, Landmark Classic, the Sydney Royal and the Australian Stock Horse Nationals just to name a few.

Your Guide

Details

Include

  • A great horse incl tack and all equipment
  • Overnight yard for your horse for riders who BYOH
  • Support from experienced stockmen during the ride
  • Accommodation in the beautiful Waterloo homestead in luxury double rooms, all of them with their own en-suite bathroom. Double rooms are available for single use (single occupancy surcharge applies)
  • Dinner on the first night of your arrival, three meals per day, afternoon tea and breakfast on the day of your departure.
  • Drinks, beer and wine for dinner

Transfer:

By rental car from at your own expense from Inverell, 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

Prices and Dates

You can bring your own horse (BYOH) which will reduce the price to AUD 1350, all inclusive.

Dates from Dates to Price Status
January December AUD 1790 for 2.5 Days/3 Nights all inclusive Available
January December AUD 1550 BYOH for 2.5 Days/3 Nights Available

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+61 (0) 418 613 930

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info@horsesandcattle.com

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