Looking for a fun activity to do that’s not too far from Perth? Go horseriding through the scenic Moore River region.
Located about 1 hour and 30 minutes north of Perth is Moore River, an idyllic coastal region where the ocean and the river meet on the coast of Guilderton.
Great tourist spots are here with many activities to choose from, from swimming in the river or ocean, coastal photography, hiring paddle boats and canoes, kayaking, river cruises, bushwalking, golf to river fishing (with bream, taylor and herring being most caught). Ocean fishing can be enjoyed along the coast in Guilderton, Ledge Point, Caraban and Quinns Rock.
The Desert is another popular spot for sandboarding, and if you’re more into bird watching, there’s a boardwalk that allows visitors to appreciate the many species of birds in the area.
But if you are a looking for more unique way to explore and discover the Moore River region, then may I suggest horseriding.
I loved that Australian TV series ‘The Man From Snowy River: The McGregor Saga’ which ran from 1993-1996. Even though I was young at the time, Matt McGregor and his mustache (Andrew Clarke) left quite the impression on me that’s stayed with me ever since. I too, wanted to ride a horse heroically through the rough Australian landscape with a purpose, a mission, while at the same time looking good in slow motion. So without hesitation and wanting to fulfill my childhood fantasy of being a female version of Matt McGregor, I said yes to going horse riding with my girlfriends in Moore River, only a short drive from Perth.
I went horseriding in Moore River with a couple of girlfriends at 1800 Trail Rides; a popular horse riding ranch in the region. Choosing their signature ‘River Ride’ option, my girlfriends and I trotted amidst riverland and state forest for 90 minutes.
I was a little nervous, as the last time I rode a horse was when I was about 10 years old – and I will never forget that experience. The horse got spooked, panicked and galloped away from the rest of my family/staff. I was hanging onto the ropes for dear life but somehow slid to underneath its belly. Luckily one of the staff caught up to the horse and regained control while I was, quite literally, hanging underneath its belly like a baby monkey. They were all relieved I never let go of the ropes, so am I. So yeah, I was a little nervous to horse ride again, but the staff were great – very friendly and helpful, they all looked after us very well.
The River Ride option is their signature ride that offers beginners and novice riders the chance to try a bit of trotting without it being too full on. You can really bask in the scenery on this 90 minute tour around Moore River without feeling the pressure. It’s a relaxing ride.
It is very important to be alert and watch out for snakes, as they will unsettle the horses. It only happened once on our horse riding tour. All three horses paused until the snake moved further away.
We absolutely enjoyed our horseriding tour in Moore River and I would definitely do it again. Side note: I understand now why it’s important to lift your bottom while trotting, because it can get quite sore!
- Suitable for 6 years and above
- A short exploratory ride of the river and its shoreline with the family together
- A walk only ride that will have you in the saddle for approximately 40 minutes
- Suitable for riders 8 years and above
- Their signature ride, offers beginners and novice riders the chance to try a bit of trotting
- Tour around the riverside for approximately 90 minutes
- Best option for those wishing to get back into the saddle gently after a break
- Suitable for riders 12 years and above
- For those who have done a few trail riders before and are ready to step it up
- Two hours of active riding with heaps of trotting and a couple of canters
- Suitable for riders 14 years and above
- Only for experienced riders
- Offers the opportunity to explore further along the river land and into the State Forrest
- Ride at faster paces for 2.5 to 3 hours
- Riders new to 1800 Trail Riders will have their riding assessed prior to heading out
Private Rides can be arranged with notice. Some of their ponies and horses have come from Riding for Disabled Association riding stock, and they are also able to offer rides to RDA riders.
Moore River is a great day out for all family of any age, with heaps to do and see and the river itself being very fascinating. Whether you want a place for the kids to swim without worrying about waves, to sporty activities in canoes and paddle boats, quad biking on sand dunes or a quiet walk down the river – it’s all there.
If you want to stay a few days, visitors can book into a beach house in the area and really make the most of all the activities on offer there. Visit MooreRiver.com.au for more info.
1800 TRAIL RIDES
13 Telephone Road, Neergabby WA 6503