Riding participants in this year’s event will be able to choose from five trails, with two new options leaving Kilkivan on Saturday, September 30th. 

The convenience of starting and finishing at the Kilkivan Showgrounds regularly attracts big numbers to those trails, and organizers expect the new, full day Kurandah Trail to be popular.  Great views over varied scenery bordered by Kurandah Creek will reward riders – who will need to be on fit mounts and perhaps shod or have boots for those softer footed horses, to ensure completion. The short, post-lunch Cave Hill Trail (also starting at the Showgrounds) allows young riders/older horses or anyone not feeling like completing a whole day in the saddle to get a Grand-Parade-of-Horses experience without having to spend all day on a trail.

For the second consecutive year, a two-day ride is being offered.   The Widgee Mountain-Hanging Rock Trail takes advantage of the fantastic scenery and facilities  at Widgee.  Day 1 incorporates a loop from the Widgee Showgrounds which will reward participants with breaktaking views across the Widgee valley and to Gympie and beyond.  Day 2 incorporates the single-day option of the Widgee to Kilkivan “Hanging Rock Trail” route so popular over the last 3 decades again with some great views.  The Oakview Carriage Trail will start from Kilkivan and drop in on Wide Bay Creek a few times as it covers areas to the east of Kilkivan.

 

Kurandah Trail

Approx. 35kms – Leaving the Kilkivan Showgrounds 7am

Leaving the Kilkivan Showgrounds at 7am, this trail follows Running Creek road until the smoko stop at the timber cattle yards on Atthow’s property.  Enjoy billy tea and damper or some other home cooking provided by local community groups.  After you have filled your tummy, water your horse and then take a peek to your left and check out Kunjuli Mountain – it’s one of the tallest peaks in our district! Then you will meander through Atthow’s undulating paddock and pass by a hopefully full dam where you can also water your horse (or take a paddle if it’s hot!!) After you leave you will enter more private property where you will wind up a steep rocky climb (be sure to have appropriate footwear on your horse if they are not used to rocky country) to magnificent views of the valley before your descent to your lunch spot – here you can see both Fat Hen Creek & Wide Bay Creek as well as some of the most fertile agriculture land in the district (it looks like a patchwork quilt with varying crops growing!).

After lunch you will wind down to Kurandah Creek (don’t be alarmed, it does run when it floods!!) begin your trek back towards Kilkivan.  You will meet up with the short 10km trail participants before crossing into Rossmore Road.  Here you will also meet up with the Hanging Rock participants before you all traverse a short section of the BNT (Bicentennial National Trail) heading for the Grand Parade of Horses at 4pm along the magnificent main street.  This trail has some challenging hills but the reward is some great views of the valley and the amazing cropping land in and around Kilkivan.

 

Cave Hill Trail

Approx. 10kms – Leaving Kilkivan Showgrounds 2pm

Setting off at 2pm (after you have had your lunch – no meals available on this trail and we urge you to carry water for drinking), this trail leaves the Kilkivan Showgrounds, follows Running Creek Road for a while before peeling off onto Cullen Road before joining up with the Kurandah Trail participants.  From here you will cross into Rossmore Road and meet up with the Hanging Rock participants before you all traverse a short section of the BNT (Bicentennial National Trail) heading for the Grand Parade of Horses at 4pm along the magnificent main street.  This is a very gentle trail with no challenging hills which should be ideally suited to those wishing to have a go without the exhausting day in the saddle.

 

2 Day Widgee Mountain Lookout/Hanging Rock Trail

Approx. 65kms over 2 days – Pre-booked option for ride and camping only – NO MEALS INCLUDED THIS YEAR so please bring along some cash for the caterers to purchase food and drinks.

Day 1 Leaving Widgee Showgrounds Friday 29th September 7.00am   /   Day 2 Leaving Widgee Showgrounds Saturday 30th September 6am

 

Day 1

Leaving the well-appointed Widgee Showgrounds facilities, participants will traverse upper Widgee Road, before turning onto Coolamon Road. Here you will start your ascent up into Wrattens Forest.  Smoko and a drink for your horse will be provided at the Helicopter Landing Pad half way up Coolamon Road.  Almost up the top you will turn onto Widgee Mountain Road where you will climb up even more towards your destination of Widgee Mountain – before reaching the peak you will be rewarded with glimpses of the spectacular views across the Glastonbury and Widgee Valleys.  The climb is well worth while as you will see when you reach your destination “Widgee Mountain Lookout” – spectacular and breathtaking are sure to be words used.  Don’t get too close to the edge unless you have your parachute with you!!  Lunch will served up at the lookout. Take in the scenery and rest up – you will be able to spot Gympie and even further afield on a clear day!  After lunch you will again descend back to Upper Widgee Road before heading back to the Widgee Showgrounds for a well-earned warm shower, dinner and a cold drink.  (this trail is suited to fit horses and riders and it’s preferable that all horses are either shod or have boots as the terrain is quite rocky and steep)

 (Check out the Widgee Bushman’s Bar Facebook page for dinner options and pricing) Be sure to get a good night’s sleep as day 2 starts early as we ride out at 6am!!

 

 Day 2    – both a continuation of the 2 day trail and the (one day) Hanging Rock Trail

 

Jump out of bed and pack up your camp before heading over for a nice hot breakfast and cuppa before your journey for the day begins.  Head out the showgrounds gate (with the Hanging Rock Trail participants) and travel along Upper Thornside Road to the smoko spot at the end of Upper Thornside Road.  Be sure to fill your belly as the climb ahead is a big one! (We do advise your put shoes or boots on your horses as the hill has some quite rocky and shale covered sections as you ascend and descend these hills). As the climb levels out, look to your left and check out the land slips on the almost vertical slopes – don’t go too close to the edge!!  As you and your horse catch your breath, you will be rewarded with beautiful views to the east.  Once you see them you’re pretty close to your next stop. Water your horse (and yourself) at “Des Simpson’s Memorial” gate and remember the fallen horsemen who have contributed to the ride and the district over the years.  As we move on, you will pass “Hanging Rock” and continue to wind along the ridge towards Mt Sinai before descending from the hills and into Rossmore Caravan Park for lunch.  From lunch the trail heads along Rossmore Road past the site of the first Kilkivan Township which was established during the gold rush.  Soon after you will meet up with both the Kurandah Trail & the Cave Hill Trail participants before you all traverse a short section of the BNT (Bicentennial National Trail) heading for the Grand Parade of Horses at 4pm along the magnificent main street.

 

 

Hanging Rock Trail – Leaves Widgee Showgrounds 6am

 

Hanging Rock Trail will be leaving the Widgee Showgrounds NOT THORNSIDE as it has done in the past.  Camping Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning (early) will be available at the Widgee Showgrounds.

 

Be ready to ride out at 6am!! Leaving the Widgee Showgrounds (along with the 2 day trail participants) you will travel along Upper Thornside Road to the smoko spot at the end of Upper Thornside Road.  Be sure to fill your belly as the climb ahead is a big one! (We do advise your put shoes or boots on your horses as the hill has some quite rocky and shale covered sections as you ascend and descend these hills). As the climb levels out, look to your left and check out the land slips on the almost vertical slopes – don’t go too close to the edge!!  As you and your horse catch your breath you, will be rewarded with beautiful views to the east.  Once you see them you’re pretty close to your next stop. Water your horse (and yourself) at “Des Simpson’s Memorial” gate and remember the fallen horsemen who have contributed to the ride and the district over the years.  As we move on, you will pass “Hanging Rock” and continue to wind along the ridge towards Mt Sinai before descending from the hills and into Rossmore Caravan Park for lunch.  From lunch ,the trail heads along Rossmore Road past the site of the first Kilkivan Township which was established during the gold rush.  Soon after you will meet up with both the Kurandah Trail & the Cave Hill Trail participants before you all traverse a short section of the BNT (Bicentennial National Trail) heading for the Grand Parade of Horses at 4pm along the magnificent main street. (this trail is suited to fit horses and riders preferably with shoes or boots as the terrain is quite steep and rocky in sections) 

 

Oakview Carriage Trail

 

Leaving the sports oval (Weier Oval), the Carriage Trail will travel out along Gatehouse Road and then will follow the old rail corridor as far as Casey Road.  After getting onto Casey road, it’s a short trip up to Bular Road.  Once on Bular Road, you will head to Oakview and the Fitzgerald property for smoko by the creek. Those who wish to continue will then follow Cogzell Road down to Homer’s Gate waterhole for lunch.  Those who wish to wait at Fitzgerald’s can do so and await the return of the other participants after lunch.  Leaving Fitzgerald’s this trail will head back to town ready for Grand Parade of Horses at 4pm.

 

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