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Published October 25th 2013
Splash around Lake Weyba
On the weekend I discovered there is something quite calming about sitting on a horse and gazing across a lake. The good news is that this unique experience is available to everyone joining the guided trail rides at Noosa Horse Riding.
The horse stables were only ten minutes drive from Noosa Junction, just on the edge of Lake Weyba, at Weyba Downs. As we arrived, the horses were ready and waiting, and we were keen to climb into the saddle. After a brief beginner's riding lesson (how to hold the reins correctly, and guide the horse towards the left or right), we joined another family in a polite line of horses wandering across open paddocks and down to a pristine paperbark forest lining the shores of Lake Weyba.
Lake Weyba is a little known part of Noosa National Park and Noosa Biosphere Reserve, which was a significant hunting ground for the local Aboriginal people, The Gubbi Gubbi. It is a peaceful and untouched part of Noosa, and an ideal spot to appreciate nature.
At certain points along the trail, the horses were guided directly into the shallow parts of the lake in order to navigate creeks. This was definitely a highlight for us, as the horses splashed their way through the water, and we spotted sting rays sunning themselves on the lake bed.
Most of our one hour trail ride was under the shade of the paperbark trees, with a cool breeze blowing across the lake. There was plenty of native bird life to spot along the way, as well as kangaroos in the paddocks.
Noosa Horse Riding is a highly recommended holiday activity, especially if you have a horse lover in the family and are looking for something unusual or different to keep everyone entertained.