Horse Riding Heaven


Riders are attracted to the Mary Valley region because of its exceptional world-class forest trails. Nowhere else can you ride through natural eucalypt, plantation pine and rainforest to mountain tops with spectacular views in the one outing.

You will love the quality and variety of equine events held in Mary Valley Country. Mary Valley Country offers horse riders a network of trails with everything from beginner’s short rides, authentic camp-out trails to the rodeo, campdraft and endurance training. Only 40km from Kandanga is the Australian National Trail which connects Cairns to Melbourne.


Here are some easy ride options

1.Leave the float at Imbil showgrounds and follow Diggings Rd. Turn right onto Western Creek Rd for access to network of forestry trails. Alternatively continue on Diggings Rd and take the access road at the Bellbird habitat.

2. On route to Borumba Dam just before Yabba Crossing No1 take a left onto Caseys Gully Rd. This forest road opens up at a crossroads with plenty of flat areas to park. To the left is Western Ck Rd leading to Diggings Rd and Imbil toward the right leads you up to Derrier Hill. A short way down from there is a bridge and creek crossing which is cool and refreshing on a hot day and chance to water your horse.

3. Alternatively, further along, the road to Borumba Dam after Crossing No3 turn left onto Sterlings Rd. Sterlings Crossing is wide and cool for a picnic and swim. Continue on to park the float. Straight ahead on this road turns into Derrier Rd then Araucaria Ck Rd. Keep an eye out for a sign on the left “Site of the Foreign Legion”. This was a timber cutters area and offers crystal clear water and a peaceful break.

4. Conondale National Park, Charlie Moreland Camping Provides horses with yards, water and access to forest trails. You can leave your float at a number of stops from Imbil. These are easy grade forest roads close to town where you can explore the creeks.


Numerous international, national and local endurance horse riding events and competitions held at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex on the outskirts of Imbil throughout the year.
The prestigious International Tom Quilty endurance event was hosted by the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club the Mary Valley in 2019. 
The Easter Far-A-Way Endurance Carnival is the pinnacle event each year on the Queensland Calendar, built around the iconic 320km Far-A-Way Marathon.


If you prefer a bit of action – there is plenty of that at the annual Bull, Broncs & Barrells event – an NRA affiliated point score rodeo.
The Imbil Show and Rodeo and Kenilworth Show and Rodeo offer excitement every year with other annual equestrian events including the Mary Valley Campdraft,  Imbil Bull Broncs and Barrels. You can enjoy these either as a competitor or a spectator.
Many Stud farms and equine businesses offer horsemanship demonstrations and specialised training and agistment.
There are private facilities where riders can hire indoor areneas to work their horses as well.


Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back as mobile coverage and signage is limited on forest trails.

Care should be taken as trail bikes, logging trucks and vehicles operate on these roads.


The Queensland Government has recognised that horse riding has long been a part of the state’s lifestyle and character. Horse riding trails are a strip of forest reserve tenure where the surrounding forest reserve transfers to national park. Horse riding is not allowed on existing national parks.
Many of these forest reserves are valued by horse riders as safe, scenic places to ride.  State forests and national parks offer ideal camping and recreation facilities for the horse enthusiast.

where to play


Facility Hire, Agistment

The Amamoor Equine Centre is located in the picturesque Mary Valley offering private horse agistment. 60 x 40 metre Sand Arena to hire & excellent facilities.

Hire the sand arena to work your horses or maybe you would like to leave them in the Mary Valley till your next visit. Talk to us about agistment.

1 Busby Street, Amamoor QLD

mary valley adventure trails

Guided Tour

We offer Guided Horse Riding Tours through Queensland’s rainforest and farmland in the scenic Mary Valley. Mary Valley Adventure Trails provides Guided Horse Riding Tours through Queensland’s rainforest and farmland in the scenic Mary Valley. For the experienced rider; you will not be disappointed. We have athletic, fit quality horses.

50 Amamoor Creek Rd, Amamoor QLD


stirling's crossing endurance club

Club, Equestrian Events

If Endurance Riding is your thing, you can join with the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club or participate in one of their events. The club welcomes anyone interested in getting involved in endurance riding irrespective of your age, your experience or your knowledge of the sport.  Our home is the beautiful Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Centre in Imbil.

1 Derrier Lane, Imbil, QLD








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