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“Once in a lifetime! Must do!!”

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides
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$119.72*
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Rainbow Beach Horse Ride
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$159.63*
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Full Moon Horse Ride at Rainbow Beach
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$199.54*
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Country Day Ride from Rainbow Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We offer a unique and amazing experience with a variety of different horse ride adventures to choose from. Our beach ride is very popular, as it is set in one on the most beautiful beaches you will ever visit, pristine sands with crystal clear waters and brilliant blue skies. Rainbow Beach is called Australia’s Nature Coast and it is easy to see why. The bush land, native animals and coloured sands is why Rainbow Beach is often listed in travel guides as a must visit for anyone going to QLD. We are proud to show you the area in the best possible way. Our gentle horses are fun loving, sweet natured and always happy to meet new people. Our rides include, beach rides, swimming rides, yes, we take both you and the horse into the water they love it and so do our guests. We also have full moon rides, multi day rides and country rides. Andrew McCarthy owns a beautiful piece of land at Goomboorian, which is located half way between Gympie and Rainbow Beach. He offers a scenic ride through lush green hills, natural waterholes and spectacular views of this area. The native animals are accustomed to his presence so they are not shy and often come out to view the visitors. We also offer personalised rides for special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or any special event you would like to make a truly memorable one. We have witnessed many marriage proposals and been privileged to be part of numerous weddings. Picnics on the beach are popular in autumn and winter when the water maybe too cool for a swim. Whatever you have in mind we will work with you to make it happen. Rainbow Beach Horse Rides cater for all levels of riding abilities from absolute beginners through to experienced riders. We take photos on every ride, which are available to all guests free of charge at the end of the ride. Age and Weight Guidelines - For the safety of our horses and customers we follow the industry standard of a 95kg weight limit and an age limit of 10 years and over. For those under 10 without extensive riding experience, we can arrange private or led rides to cater to the individual’s needs. Location: Rainbow Beach is approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane and 90 minutes north of the Sunshine Coast. The closet airport is Sunshine Coast or if you are flying international then Brisbane. A shuttle service is available from both airports to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach has an abundance of accommodation to suit every style and budget. From backpackers through to 5 Star Resorts and self-contained beach houses. We are happy to recommend places according to your needs. Andrew and the team would love you to join us for a spectacular riding experience. We are here to help with any questions you may have and believe in giving personal service, so please feel free to contact us.
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

What can I say other than you have to do this! I went on the two and a half hour beach ride and was lucky enough to be the only person on my ride! I'm a 23 year old backpacker with my own horse at home and this was just fantastic, Andy and the team explained everything they needed to in an unpatronising way and my riding ability was then matched by them with an appropriate horse! The horses were so well behaved, beautifully turned out and so well trained really responsive and an absolute joy to ride. This is an incredible experience for both experienced and novice riders, the staff are very helpful and friendly and riders are able to stay within there comfort zone. Riding on the beach was phenomenal we got to splash in the waves, stop for kids to say hi and have a stroke and canter in the sand! Dream come true. I would recommend this to anyone incredible value for the beach view, quality of the horses, the staff and getting to canter in the sea!!! Please give this a go its one of those once in a lifetime experiences! Many thanks to Andy and everyone at rainbow beach rides something I will never forget!!

Thank Natalierose9
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Andrew M, Owner at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2013

Beautiful comments from a beautiful person !!! Thanks Natalie. It certainly was a beautiful ride. It was a real pleasure to meet you and I hope we get to see you again one day.

We are quite proud of the standard and ability of our horses for both inexperienced and experienced riders.

We hope we can share the experience with more people in the future so they can experience the joy we do every day.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We have just finished a full moon ride with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides. My husband had never been on a horse and I had limited experience and we both found the day most enjoyable. From the time we arrived we were looked after expertly by Andrew, Kristy, Courtney, Zac and their staff. The horses were chosen for us according to our experience, even though all the horses were very quiet and well behaved. From their house we rode through paddocks, bush, fields of pineapples and sugar cane, down and up creek beds. We were able to have a go at trotting if we felt up to it and we all did. Lunch was included at a local restaurant which was our rest before we started to climb up to the top of Mount Goomboorian to watch the moon rise. Whilst waiting for the moon to rise we were offered drinks and snacks while we sat around the camp fire. Then we headed back down the mountain in the dark with only the moonlight lighting our way. It was a day full of excitement. If you are an experienced rider or have never been on a horse this is a must do. Add it to your bucket list you will enjoy it. Thanks everyone at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides for a totally awesome day.

Thank sega58
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Andrew M, Owner at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2013

Wow. Thanks Debbie. That is exactly what we try to achieve. We are glad you enjoyed it as much as we do. You both did very well. Hopefully your words will encourage others to come and enjoy an amazingly special experience which, as you said, should be on everyone's bucket list. Thank You

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Would like to say a massive thanks to rainbow beach horse ride for the awesome time we spent on the beach with the horses! The staff are really friendly and easy to have a giggle with! The horses are really well looked after and health! And extremely good to ride! Thanks again

Thank Charlene B
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Andrew M, Owner at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Thank you Charlene. Our team of horses are like family to us and we take great pride in caring for them. We are glad you enjoyed the experience as much as we do every day.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Today I did the morning ride which
I absolutely loved, it was a morning ride which I highly recommend! Great for beginners or expert riders who would like to enjoy the view! Andrew and Nicole
were really helpful and very friendly, the horses are just beautiful!
It's a very enjoyable experience riding through the water and on such a beautiful beach. Very peaceful and fun! Thanks for an awesome day guys! Will always remember it!

Thank Lucia C
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Andrew M, Owner at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Great stuff Lucia. It certainly was another day in paradise. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. You went from a slightly nervous rider to a very comfortable rider in a very short time. It was great to see. Great stuff and thank you.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live in Rainbow Beach and regularly see visitors enjoying themselves riding well groomed horses along the beach. For the more enthusiastic riders there are alternative routes in the hinterland together with overnight stays possible. The proprietors are experienced and caring people who look after the needs of the customers as well as the horses.

Thank theoldbrowni
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Andrew M, Owner at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Wow. How nice is that of you to take the time out to make a comment for us. Really appreciate your generosity. Andrew

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