Horse riding the Tasmanian Trail

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Tasmania is a fantastic destination for horse riding due to the beautiful natural surrounds and its abundance of trails. And as the weather starts to get warmer and more agreeable, now is the perfect time to start thinking about that adventure.

Experienced horse riders may like to think about taking on the Tasmanian Trail, which is a long distance track stretching from Devonport to Dover and with a length of 480km – it’s actually one of the longer trails in the country.

Walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders frequent this trail, so you certainly won't be alone in your journey.

The trail stops off in many small towns so one can easily find accommodation en route, with options available to cater to different budgets and needs. There are campsites along the way as well, with toilets and water that will sometimes need to be boiled. There are horse yards on the trail too but you will need to carry a portable electric fence with you regardless, and for piece of mind.

It also means that you need not complete the whole track if you don't want to – you can take on whichever portion of the trail appeals. The route doesn't go through National Park areas but instead follows forestry and fire trails, an array of country roads and even some private land.

It takes around three weeks for a horse rider to complete the whole trail, allowing a few rest days for horses and riders. Bike riders should finish more quickly while walkers can take around 25 days to complete it. Guidebooks and maps are available to help you set out on a successful excursion.

Along the way, you'll be treated to gorgeous sights, including lush forest, tablelands and farms and you will visit small ‘off the beaten track’ Tasmanian towns, so why not head out with your horse to complete this outstanding journey. Horse, trail operators, and pony clubs will perhaps be your next point of call.

Horses on the trail

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