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Pub Crawl on Horseback: adventures in the Australian Outback

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Welcome to Bullock Mountain Homestead – home of the Pub Crawl on Horseback.  Rated as one of the top 10 unique adventure holidays, where riders shed their hectic city life for a laid back adventure through the Australian outback in northern New South Wales.

The ride begins at the homestead, just outside of Glen Innes.  Once introductions were made, saddles and equipment fitted and tested, we headed out for a few hours of riding before a lively dinner back at Bullock Mountain.  Day one done – we were ready to spend the rest of our holiday riding to the old pubs in Deepwater, Torrington and Emmaville where nights would be spent in the pub’s traditional bunk style rooms.  The routine would be simple – after a filling country breakfast, it’s out to the horses for a day in the saddle.  Watch out world, here we come!

I would like to introduce Golden Strike – my tall, blond, leggy partner, ready to guide me through my first pub crawl on horseback.  We rode through streams and scrub, past sheep and cattle grazing in the New England tablelands, and through granite and gorge country.  Sit back and relax, you are in the midst of rural Australia and the laid back lifestyle of the outback.  With sun warming our faces, our hips rocked to the rhythm of our horses.  We lunched by streams and laid in the shade of the eucalypt tree without a care in the world.

Darts and pool were the name of the game as we kicked back at the local pubs at night.  Beer and wine flowed as we dined on simple country fare, ravenous after the day in the saddle.  The pubs and towns we stayed in are a link to a rich and colourful past many tourists never see when visiting Australia.  The pub at Deepwater goes back in history to the earliest mining settlements, having ties to the the old Cobb & Co stage coaches of days gone by.

The traditional Australian pub is a direct descendant of the British and Irish public house.  Towns were built up around the local pub which was often the first structure built, serving as the local meeting place, as well as providing meals and accommodation for those from out of town.  Glad to see, some things haven’t changed!  The local meeting place was in full swing when we rode into town.

Bunkhouse - photo courtesy of Pub Crawl on Horseback website

They guarantee you will meet new friends on this adventure – they were not wrong.  I arrived alone at the homestead, bunking in with the girls at the bunk house.  Our trail boss and wrangles made us all feel right at home and by the time our pub crawl had come to an end, I knew I had been part of something special.  I had made great friends, laughed like I hadn’t in years, and created fabulous memories of the Australian bush.  Many adventures were born out of this trip – but that will have to wait for future posts.

For up to date information about trip dates and cost, visit the Pub Crawl on Horseback website.

Time to release your inner city slicker – this is a vacation with a difference – certainly an adventure you won’t forget in the Australian Outback.

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About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


9 thoughts on “Pub Crawl on Horseback: adventures in the Australian Outback

  1. Before you even mentioned “City Slickers,” that’s what I thought of…you, Billy Crystal, Curly, etc. 🙂
    It sounds like a great adventure!

    Posted by kdevries | January 27, 2012, 9:43 am
  2. This looks amazing!!! Thanks for posting!!!

    Posted by vwatson213 | January 27, 2012, 9:46 am
  3. What a unique experience! I am not a big fan of horses, but would be willing to give it a go. Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Weekend:)

    Posted by cravesadventure | January 27, 2012, 1:20 pm
  4. What fun Anita!!

    Posted by Travel Spirit | January 27, 2012, 10:33 pm
  5. Well, what a surprise Anita!! Yes, Pub Crawls on Horseback is still operating, however the ride you did is no longer available, parts of it are though. The pub at Torrington is no longer operating and neither is the one at Deepwater unfortunately. We do however run a 2 day ride into Glen Innes and have found that more people are opting for riding here at the Homestead.
    Those pictures sure did bring back some memories. 21-27 September 1996 according to our guest book. Thanks for putting the story up. Must have been memorable!! Kindest regards, Steve and Alison Wood and Jo

    Posted by Stephen Wood | January 28, 2012, 11:34 pm
  6. Oh that looks like so much fun!!! i will definitely add this to my bucket list 🙂

    Posted by BoundforAdventure | January 30, 2012, 10:40 am

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