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Published May 29th 2017
Not your average day at the beach
If you're keen for an amazing experience to enjoy in the Mornington Peninsula, and top it off with an experience you won't likely find anywhere else in Victoria, Gunnamatta is certainly worth checking out.
Located in Fingal on the Mornington Peninsula, Gunnamatta has been offering a solid variety of horseback riding experience for quite some time. Here you can do everything from riding lessons to bush trail rides to horseback wine tasting packages.
Enjoy a day out wih a horseback ride on St Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Image:Alex McKinnon
It's their St Andrews Beach rides, however that make what they do so special. Suitable even for beginners and children over the age of 10 (for the beach ride), alternative rides are suitable for younger riders. Participants can enjoy a two hour ride through bushland to St Andrews Beach where you'll ride the horses on the sand before returning to Gunnamatta.
On arrival you'll be fitted with a helmet and safety instructions as well as basic riding instructions. You'll be paired with a horse that's perfectly suited for even a first time rider. Your guides will lead you on an adventure through the bushland before reaching the beach.
Not your average day at the beach - Gunnamatta Trail Rides is the exclusive organisation approved for beach rides. Image:The Ideas Library
The beach rides, depending on season and availability can also be booked in as twilight sessions so you can enjoy the sunset as you ride. (See Gunamatta's available sessions when you book your space online for availability.)
Gunamatta Trail Rides has been approved by Parks Victoria to lead these rides onto the beach where you'll enjoy roughly 20 minutes of time on the sand dune with the horses before making your way back through the bush to the stables.
Even beginner riders can enjoy splashing around on St Andrews beach with Gunnamata Trail Rides.
While this experience is certainly a 'bucket list' one, there's also the option to take your day of adventure a bit further and add on experiences such as a post-ride dining package at nearby The Cups restaurant where you can enjoy a tapas dining experience. Alternatively, pair your ride with a long soak at the nearby Peninsula Hot Springs.
No matter what riding experience you book, it's sure to be an unforgettable one.