We have a variety of horse trails in the Glasshouse Mountains area. One dedicated track in the Dularcha National Park (horses, walkers and mountain bike riders). And many areas that you are allowed to ride horses.
Mooloolah is the horse riding centre for not only the Glass House Mountains but for the whole of the Sunshine Coast and what I like to think of as horsey heaven.
While I am not going to pretend I am much of a horse rider, I do own a couple of miniatures and have a genuine interest in things horsey.
As this site grows and I find information, I will pass it on through the various pages including hidden horse riding areas that only the locals know about.
So come on locals, let me share our secrets.
Will And Lucy - Two Miniature Horses
This is Will, no not one of the two "normal" sized horses, have a look between them. Yes he is the tiny thing that only comes up to their belly.
This is Lucy, she is about the same size as Will. She is a beautiful girl but very cheeky and likes to nip when you aren't paying attention.
Lucy loves to eat, it is her motivation.
Dularcha National Park
You are not allowed to ride in national parks !
But you can ride in some, including this one.
Dularcha National Park Horse Riding Map - click here
This horse trail goes between Landsborough and Mooloolah.
The trail is divided into 2 trails on the map, the Tunnel Track and the Rail Trail.
In reality this is just one 6.2km trail between the two towns.
If you aren't confident how your horse will react I would suggest you bypass the tunnel. Warning - the bypass track is steep.
Bats sometimes roost in it (not fruit bats which can carry the Hendra Virus).
If you are looking for a longer ride try this one.
At 8km return, you can get to it from the tunnel track or the rail trail.
I haven't been on all of it but I know it is pretty popular with riders.
All Dularcha horse trails are marked.
Ewen Maddock Dam
This is an extremely popular 9.5km return horse trail, and for good reason.
Just follow the main track (No 1)
At the Ewen Maddock Dam end of the trail there is a big open park with plenty of nice grassy area for unloading floats as well as a kids playground and good clean toilet facilities.
There is also a raised walkway that goes out over the water and BBQ facilities.
Longer Ride Option
If you join the main track at Ewen Maddock Dam with the Dularcha National Park tracks (rail and tunnel tracks) you can do about 21km. That is without any detours.
Nice spot to come back to after a fun ride.
Now why is this place so popular with horse riders again ?
Beerwah and Beerburrum State Forests
Excellent Places For Endurance Training And General Trail Riding, after all you have 25000 hectares to play in (and all legal to ride horses)
These are all unmarked horse trails and therefore you should make sure you go with someone who knows the area or take precautions to not get lost (GPS, map and compass etc.)
If you need a map you can pick up a free on at the local tourist office or print this one out.
You will be riding on forestry roads (watch out for logging trucks) or the huge series of tracks through the pine forest or natural bush.
Warning - Like most nice tracks around the place you will have to share these with trail bikes (motorbikes) and 4wd's.
Yes I know the rules say they have to give way to you, but keep an eye out for them, a lot are young, inexperienced and a bit thick. (no offence meant, I used to be young once)
Forestry Road Landsborough - Drive 1.5km up this road to the green bus shelter.
Roys Road Beerwah - Heaps of places to pull up with a horse float, heaps of tracks
Rapkins Road Beerburrum - Nice quiet road and room to park your float.
Ramms Road Beerburrum - Park float at corner of Red Road
Old Gympie Road Beerburrum - Parking available not far past the lookout turnoff
These are just a sample of places where you can park your horse float to ride the hundreds of km of tracks available.
There are many other places you can "park and ride", some are also very popular with trail riders (lots of ute's or bike trailers is a bit of a giveaway) like up near the Outlook Cafe.
Reminder - You WILL most likely be sharing with four wheel drives and motorbikes.
I will be adding many more horse trails on this page plus more interesting horse info.
Please come back from time to time to check out the different trails you can go on.
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