WANTED – horse riders with a sense of adventure.
Welcome to Bullock Mountain Homestead – home of the Pub Crawl on Horseback. Rated as one of the top 10 unique adventure holidays, where riders shed their hectic city life for a laid back adventure through the Australian outback in northern New South Wales.
The ride begins at the homestead, just outside of Glen Innes. Once introductions were made, saddles and equipment fitted and tested, we headed out for a few hours of riding before a lively dinner back at Bullock Mountain. Day one done – we were ready to spend the rest of our holiday riding to the old pubs in Deepwater, Torrington and Emmaville where nights would be spent in the pub’s traditional bunk style rooms. The routine would be simple – after a filling country breakfast, it’s out to the horses for a day in the saddle. Watch out world, here we come!
I would like to introduce Golden Strike – my tall, blond, leggy partner, ready to guide me through my first pub crawl on horseback. We rode through streams and scrub, past sheep and cattle grazing in the New England tablelands, and through granite and gorge country. Sit back and relax, you are in the midst of rural Australia and the laid back lifestyle of the outback. With sun warming our faces, our hips rocked to the rhythm of our horses. We lunched by streams and laid in the shade of the eucalypt tree without a care in the world.
Darts and pool were the name of the game as we kicked back at the local pubs at night. Beer and wine flowed as we dined on simple country fare, ravenous after the day in the saddle. The pubs and towns we stayed in are a link to a rich and colourful past many tourists never see when visiting Australia. The pub at Deepwater goes back in history to the earliest mining settlements, having ties to the the old Cobb & Co stage coaches of days gone by.
The traditional Australian pub is a direct descendant of the British and Irish public house. Towns were built up around the local pub which was often the first structure built, serving as the local meeting place, as well as providing meals and accommodation for those from out of town. Glad to see, some things haven’t changed! The local meeting place was in full swing when we rode into town.
They guarantee you will meet new friends on this adventure – they were not wrong. I arrived alone at the homestead, bunking in with the girls at the bunk house. Our trail boss and wrangles made us all feel right at home and by the time our pub crawl had come to an end, I knew I had been part of something special. I had made great friends, laughed like I hadn’t in years, and created fabulous memories of the Australian bush. Many adventures were born out of this trip – but that will have to wait for future posts.
For up to date information about trip dates and cost, visit the Pub Crawl on Horseback website.
Time to release your inner city slicker – this is a vacation with a difference – certainly an adventure you won’t forget in the Australian Outback.
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