We offer truly unique riding experiences

The soft, white sands of Rainbow Beach

or the lush green hills and valleys of the country hinterland.

We have some news to share with our loyal guests, friends and community. It’s been a tough decision, but I am going to close Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, at the end of October 2024. It’s been a wonderful ride, both literally and metaphorically, and we have met some incredible people along the way.

While it has not been an easy decision, now that it has been made, I know it is the right one. This also means that I will start selling my horses in November 2024. I owe these horses a lot, so an appropriate home will be important to me. I want to find the BEST and MOST SUITABLE home for any horses that get sold. Horses prices will be in line with the current horse market.

Please share this post if you know someone who may be interested and ask them to contact me directly on my email address, andrew@rbhr.com.au

This also means that if you, or someone you know has a gift voucher or a ride that has not yet been taken, please come and ride with us before the end of October. Please get in touch with Jacqui on 0412 174 337 or info@rbhr.com.au and she’ll be able to assist.

Thank you for all the incredible support and life changing experiences along the way.

Andrew McCarthy
Owner, Rainbow Beach Horse Rides


sunshine coast horse riding

Rainbow Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With pristine sands with crystal clear waters and brilliant blue skies. When you combine this magical setting with our friendly, well trained horses and experienced guides, you get an unforgettable experience. We ride along an area of beach where no 4WD traffic is allowed, so it is peaceful and unspoilt. We hold the only permit in existence to ride along this section of beach.

We also offer full moon beach rides, half day country rides, a country full moon ride, which starts at midday and goes though into the evening, and even multi day rides. For experienced riders, guests can enjoy swimming in the ocean whilst riding bareback.

Upcoming Events for 2024

Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime

only a few saddle seats remaining for our July multi-day ride with Tania Kernaghan

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides and Tania Kernaghan
5 Day Cattle, Bush and Beach Ride.

Saturday July 13 – Thursday July 18, 2024

Experience 5 days of incredible rides with Tania Kernaghan, including cattle mustering, and a bareback swimming ride at world-famous Rainbow Beach. Accommodation under the stars with ultimate glamping, and your own in-house chef creating sensational daily meals

For more information, or to book,
please call us on 0412 174 337

Horse Riding Sunshine Coast

Variety of Rides

Morning, Afternoon and Full Moon Rides

Bareback ocean ride for experienced riders

Day ride from our farm stopping for lunch

Country Pub Moon Ride
Meeting in the early afternoon, riding to the top of Mount Goomboorian, enjoying a pub meal, then riding home under the full moon

For any special occasion, all enjoying special customised packages

Qualified Guides

Our horses are in excellent condition and we use only the best hand crafted saddles and tack to ensure the comfort and safety of both horse and rider. The horses are very quiet and suitable for beginners, yet still enjoyable for experienced riders

All guides are professionally trained and experienced riders, from a variety of backgrounds, many compete in Campdrafting, Eventing, and Showjumping. Our guides are certified and are happy to assist you with riding tips and helpful advice. We aim to make each ride a safe, fun and memorable one. Safety helmets are provided for all guests.

beach horse rides

We aim to make every ride special and memorable, and no two rides are the same. During whale season, late May to early October, we often see whales and dolphins swimming just off shore. Winter brings its own joy with the bluest skies and spring has the most magnificent sunsets. Summer brings long days and great swimming weather, so you can go for a dip in the ocean after your ride to cool off.

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides cater for all levels of riding abilities from absolute beginners through to experienced riders. We take photos on every ride, which we make available to our guests at the end of the ride, at no extra charge.

Age – Guests from 12 years (unless experienced riders) and over. Private family rides are also offered for groups with younger children. We offer short (10 mins) rides from our yards for guests under 12.

Weight Guidelines – We strictly follow the industry standard of 95 kg weight limit for our horse safety and guest comfort. If you are over this weight and an experienced rider, please contact us prior to booking. Guests will not be able to ride and no refunds can be issued for guests over this weight limit if you have not been in touch with our team prior to riding.  Thank you for your understanding

Rainbow Beach is approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane and 90 minutes north of the Sunshine Coast. Rainbow Beach has an abundance of accommodation to suit every style and budget.

Beach Ride - $250

All experience levels welcome.
Riders from 12 years and over.

Riding along the magnificent Rainbow Beach.
This world-renowned beach is one of the
most beautiful places on earth.
Clean clear water, soft white
sand and amazing views.


Swimming Ride - $500

Experience Riders Only
Bareback – No Saddle

The Swimming Ride is for experienced riders,
as we ride the horses bareback into the ocean,
where both horse and rider can enjoy the beautiful
waters of Rainbow Beach.
An amazing and unique experience.


Country Day Ride - $350

All experience levels welcome.
Riders from 12 years and over.

This half day ride starts and finishes at our farm
in Goomboorian. We ride through private property,
over a variety of terrains. and includes a delicious
meal and refreshments.
We regularly see native wildlife on our journey.


Full Moon Beach Ride - $300

All experience levels welcome. 
Riders from 12 years and over.

Held once a month on the night of the full moon,
we journey along picturesque Rainbow Beach
whilst the sun is setting and watch the
moon rise over the ocean.
Enjoy the magic of the full moon.


Country Pub Moon Ride - $400

All experience levels welcome.
Riders from 12 years and over.

This amazing 7 hour experience sets off early in the afternoon
and includes riding to the top of Mount Goomboorian and a
variety of different terrain then a delicious dinner
at the pub before riding back to the farm under the full moon. 
Absolutely incredible




23 Clarkson Drive, Rainbow Beach QLD 4581
Rainbow Beach is the gateway to Fraser Island and is located approximately 3 hours drive from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

From Brisbane head north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie, and then follow the signs to Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

Once you enter Rainbow Beach’s main township, you will find a sign on the left to Clarkson Drive and Inskip Point. Our yards are located approximately 400 metres from the corner and we are on the left hand side, next to the water filling station. We are the only horse riding business in town, so you can’t miss us.

We are within very easy walking distance from the main street and nearby accommodation.


84 Henry Road, Goomboorian QLD 4570
Approximately 2.5 hours north of Brisbane  or 1.5 hours from the Sunshine Coast, heading towards Gympie. Once you reach Gympie follow the signs to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

Goomboorian is located 20 minutes east of Gympie on the road on the Tin Can Bay Road (second road on the left after passing the Bernard Petroleum Fuel Stop).This is where we start and finish our country rides.

This beautiful piece of land is owned by Andrew McCarthy, the owner of Rainbow Beach Horse Rides and his family, so he knows the land very well.Click on the map below for more detailed instructions.


PHONE: 0412 174 337

MONDAY – SUNDAY: 8:00AM – 6:00PM