Horse Rider Reviews - Southern Cross Horse Treks (Kerewong) NSW Australia

Read reviews and rider comments about Southern Cross Horse Treks, the trail riding horses and the experiences and stories guests share about their horse riding holiday tours & treks NSW Australia.

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Back In The Saddle - Horse Riding Holiday Review

If you're an experienced rider, then Kathy Holtrust's Southern Cross Horse Treks near Port Macquarie is the place for you. Surrounded by forest, and with extensive bush and beach rides, fit, healthy horses, plenty of food and comfortable surroundings, it's a perfect horse-riding holiday, writes Candida Baker.

Read Candida's review of her three day horse riding experience with Southern Cross Horse Treks Australia.

Full Story: "I was having this beautiful dream. I was in a brand-new space — a cabin perched... - Click here to continue..
Kerewong Luxury Cabin
Candida Baker
Byron Bay, NSW
Verandah Magazine

The Mane Attraction - Travel Publication

Jann McPherson resists the temptations of Sydney and goes horse-riding instead.

The well travelled New Zealand journalist joined a friend on a week ride at Kerewong and loved it so much she decided to write an article for her local newspaper on return, stating "The Arab horses of the Lorne Valley are forward going Lamborghinis of the equine species"

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The Trekking Company's Modern Lodge And Pool
Jann McPherson
Nelson, South Island
New Zealand
The Nelson Mail Newspaper

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Freedom To Fly!

I really enjoyed the Arabian horses and the freedom to gallop!
Loved the terrain we covered on the progressive riding tour.
Lunch stops along the way were delightful, good food.

My friends and I rated the beach ride as the best we've done, as in longest, best and safest sand, and the freedom to "fly" (compared to what we've done in Costa Rica, California, Spain, Wales and Ireland).

The tour operators care and concern for the horses is exceptional. Of all the riding holidays I've been on, she was the most diligent and observant of horse and rider interactions to assure comfort. 

I highly recommend this ride to adventuresome, confident and secure horse riding folks who want to have a really great week.

Martha K.
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Worth The Long Journey

Thank you for a marvellous week - ride fantastic horses - stay on a beautiful farm - great hospitality - very good trails - the best weather. Not often have we come to a horse riding place where we find that ALL the horses are good to ride.  

A long way to travel from Oslo / Norway but totally worth it!!

The Norwegian Group
Kerewong Guestbook

Unforgettable Dream Holiday

I want to say "thanks" again for an unforgettable holiday on your farm. The seven days were just perfect: beautiful farm and area, very good food, amazing animals and a great hostess. I wish you, the dogs and the horses all the best. You've really created a dream.


All-time Favourite Horse Vacation

The Comboyne Progressive Riding Tour is now my all-time favourite horse vacation.

Thank you for the wonderful experience!

Kerewong Guestbook

An Aussie Style Adventure

Coming to Kerewong for a return visit is like seeing family again. Some things change - goodbye sweet Jambo - hello Jedda and especially little Bowie - but some things are ever as they should be. Sunshine, eucalyptus trees rustling in the forest, miles of beach, waking up with the birds and green grass.

And the horses: such a good group of characters! Happy retirees on the hillside + eager fit workers always ready to go! Handsome Jimmy with a gait like smooth flowing water was a joy to ride. Thanks Kathy for another week of fine adventure, Aussie style.

Kerewong Guestbook

New Year's Ride

How lucky are we to be the last ride of 2014 and the first ride of 2015! We would like to thank you and the beautiful horses for everything.

It has been a pleasure to spend time at Kerewong - the days filled with stunning horses, heart pounding gallops and lovely company. And come back to playful dogs, delicious home-cooked meals and a gorgeous view from the deck.

Thank you for sharing the horses with us!

New Years Day 2015 Beach Horse Ride
Sophie & Melanie
Brisbane, Qld
Australia & Germany
Kerewong Guestbook

Eine Perfekte Trail Woche

Ich habe hier ein super schoene Woche verbracht! Alles ist einfach perfekt gewesen: die tollen Pferde, meine netten Mitreiterinnen, die ("Schoss") Hunde, Guide und Helfer, die unterschiedlichen Uneterkuenfte, die Farm, die Wallabies in der Wiese, die Ausritte, das Wetter.

Nichts haette besser sein koennen! Vielen Dank fuer Alles!

Jimmy Meet The Blue Koala At Bago Vineyards On Winery Horse Ride Tour
Kerewong Guestbook

You Won't Find A Better Horsey Getaway!

My little brother and I spent a week at Kathy's place and what a week it was! Fully catered for (Kathy is an excellent cook), and very comfortable accommodation (5 star cabin complete with view). There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy (wallabies, birdlife, frogs).

And the horses! Oh, the horses! If you are expecting horses that simply "follow-the-leader", then this is not the holiday for you. Experienced riders only as the trails are very adventurous. Plenty of beautiful scenery and we went on a different trail each day. The beach ride was definitely my favourite, galloping down the shoreline like a mad-woman.

A couple of restrictions do apply, including weight limits as Arabian horses are quite small. However, Kathy is (as far as I know) adding some larger breeds to her bunch of beauties. Also, this holiday is for competent riders only due to the nature of the rides.

Price-wise, you will get serious bang for your buck! Totally worth every penny. Overall, both my brother and I will definitely be back! We both had the best time, thank you Kathy!

Friendly Horses on Horseriding Holiday NSW
Teneille D
Brisbane, Qld
Trip Advisor Review

Perfect Tonic For A Stressful Life

Once again I must thank you and the horses for a superb experience. Kuta provided the right amount of challenge and speed and sweet Aliya is the perfect tonic for my stressful life (beyond Kerewong). Thank you Kuta and Aliya for carrying me so willingly - your fitness, spririt and expert hooves were such a joy.

Thank you as always to Kathy - the horses and dogs are a testament to your care, understanding and devotion. As I said a year ago - I hope to see you all again!

Horse Riding Port Macquarie Hinterland Comboyne NSW
Stephanie P.
Canberra, ACT
Kerewong Guestbook

Spirited Kerewong Horses

This holiday has met every expectation and more. I have so enjoyed the time at Kerewong. The horses have been amazing, Aliya and Kuta, so good but spirited. I shan't want to ride at home in England as I've been so spoilt now after riding the Kerewong horses!!

Thank you so much for the last 6 days. I shall miss you all and maybe in the future I will get to come back and do it all again.

Kerewong Guestbook

Superb Week At Kerewong

What an absolutely superb week we have had!!! Loved your horses - everyone of them! It is hard to put into words how we felt out on the trails but it more then fulfilled our expectations - breathtaking and exhilarating.

Jimmy, Kuta, Aliya and Nadal gave us their all, with their varied personalities, Arabian dances and powerful fitness. And of course we loved Jedda dog join us on some of the rides. 
We loved all the other accomodations we stayed at during our 8 day Horse Riding Trek but Kerewong Farm was our favourite. We look forward to coming back again.

Kyle & Terry W.
Melbourne, Vic
Kerewong Guestbook

Highly Recommended Horse Riding Adventure

If you love horseback riding and true adventure then Southern Cross Horse Treks at Kerewong Farm is the right place for you! I have been riding my whole life and when I decided to look for a place to ride in Australia I was so very happy to find Kerewong Farm.

Kathy Holtrust, the owner, has a gorgeous farm and all of her horses are wonderful. She has an amazing way with horses and she trains these horses from the time they are young. All of the horses are fantastic and the riding is incredible.

The rides vary in length and terrain and there is so much to see. The stay at the farm is fabulous as Kathy is the ultimate guide and also cooks great meals.

I highly recommend this experience to anyone who loves riding and loves horses. The beach ride was one of the best days of my life! I can't wait to return sometime soon!

Beach Ride Port Macquarie Horse Riding NSW
Katie Kaizer
Website Review

This Ride Ranks Right Near The Top

Spectacular horses - eager, responsive, capable, happy and fun to ride. Beautiful and varied scenery, amazing wildlife and a most attentive, caring and considerate host with excellent knowledge of the area. Our hilltop cabin was heavenly!

Of the many international horse riding holidays we have done this ride ranks right near the top.

Beach Horse Riding Holidays In Australia
Elaine & Jim
Travel Agency Feedback Form

High Quality Horse Riding Experience

A short note to say thank you for a wonderful week at Kerewong. I have never cantered for so long, so fast over such steep and varied terrain!  I will treasure every moment of it and the horses - from the super cool, so laid back Nadal to my evolving "friendship" with Jimmy! 

I can't say enough about the quality of the Kerewong Experience but it has given me the confidence to do so much more with horse holiday trekking and eventing. 

Nadal - Endurance Horse Riding Adventure Holiday NSW Australia
Peter H.
Bendigo, Vic
Kerewong Guestbook

Marvellous Christmas Week

Thank you for a marvellous Christmas holiday week, for your fabulous and fun horses, whom you know so well and are a joy to ride and be with, for all your hospitality, the comfy cabin and excellent food both "at home" and "al fresco" on trail. 

We have enjoyed every moment, the rainforest sound of cicadas, the frogs, laughing kookaburras and wallabies and parrots before breakfast and even the goanna's. Thanks for showing us all the sights and sounds of the Australian bush and for the pleasure of enjoying it with your horses, uphill, downhill and along the beach! 

Anne & Emma
Kerewong Guestbook

The Best Coffee From A Saddlebag!

Thank you for an amazing holiday. You have an amazing team of horses, especially Jimmy who carried me 130 km of the most amazing countryside, beach, forest, creeks and roads.

The food was so tempting, the picnics divine! Coffee from a saddlebag, the best!!

Elaine G.
Kerewong Guestbook

Fantastic Gallops

Thanks again for a wonderful holiday at Kerewong!! All those fantastic canters and gallops through the forest and on the beach with Aliya, Kuta and Kiya have given me the perfect break. I can't wait to come back and I won't leave it so long next time!

Canberra, ACT
Kerewong Guestbook

Trail Blazing On Little Race Horses

My stay at Kerewong was some of the most fun I've ever had! I loved the rides - each and every one of them is so unique, but my favourite ride was the one trail blazing to the winery.

You are a wonderful guide, a fabulous host and your horses are simply wonderful. My pal Kamal carried my swiftly and sure-footed down and up the steepest slopes. The delicate and intelligent Aliya, the powerful and elegant Jimmy - I'll never forget our fast gallops through the forests and along the beach and will dream of my little race horse for a long time to come. 


Pam O.
Alamo, California
Kerewong Guestbook

Very Fit Horses

A big thank you to Kathy for providing me with a wonderful riding experience, and for being so flexible to match my stay with the time I had available. The accommodation and food were all fantastic, and Kathy's warm, friendly nature made the holiday very memorable.

The riding was varied, but the very fit horses had no problem coping with the heat, the hills or the fast sections. I really enjoyed the two horses I rode, 'Jimmy' and 'Kamal', and would have no hesitation in recommending 'Kerewong' to any of my friends.

St. Ives, NSW
Website Review

Well Kept And Totally Contented Horses

From the minute you arrive at Kerewong, you know that you are going to have a great holiday.  Nothing is out of place.  

Firstly, the accommodation is perfect for the weary horse rider.  After a hot shower, you can relax on the verandah looking out at the horses feeding contently on green pastures with a backdrop of  forests. Later, you appreciate a superb meal and enjoy relating your day with a small group of very interesting like minded international travellers.

However, it is the horses and the daily rides that will be in your memories forever.  Each horse has been carefully chosen by Kathy so that there is one that suits you and suits the ride.  The horses are in top condition and have no trouble cantering up long tracks or along the pristine beach nearby. Even at the end of the day, they still have a spring in their step. I have never experienced such well kept and totally contented horses.

Aliya - Arabian Trail Horse At Kerewong Australia
Eileen W.
Gold Coast, Queensland
Website Review

Ode To Aliya

A beautiful mare beholds my eye
Thou tugs my heart and I do sigh
To see thy coat and mane so red
Such fluid movement it is said.

And once upon thy back I sit
We seem to flow, to fuse, to fit
You trot, you canter with great ease
Always wanting to ride to please.

Your friendly nature to all you meet
A softer horse you'll never shall beat
So now I bid you sad farewell
A legend horse of which I'll tell.

Horse Riding Port Macquarie Beaches NSW - Horse Treks Australia
Gold Coast, Queensland.
Kerewong Guestbook

Fast And Beautiful

Thanks to: 
Kamal for the warm arab welcome,
Ness for being so fast and beautiful, 
Aliya for going into the ocean waves without a bit, 
silly Charlie for the dances, 
Kathy for what she taught me about horses and all the rest.   

Beach Gallop With Southern Cross Horse Treks Australia
Kerewong Guestbook

A Week Of Total Happiness!

Das Glück dieser Erde liegt auf dem Rücken der Pferde - hier haben wir es für eine Woche gefunden!

Happiness lies on the back of a horse - here we found it for one week!

Kerewong Guestbook


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