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Tasmania is  a fantastic destination for horse riding and mountain biking due to the beautiful natural surrounds and its abundance of trails.

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Horse riding the Tasmanian Trail

Tasmania is a fantastic destination for horse riding due to the beautiful natural surrounds and its abundance of trails. Experienced horse riders may like to think about taking on the Tasmanian Trail, a long distance track stretching from Devonport to Dover with a length of 480 km – and one of the longer trails in the country.

Walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders frequent this trail, so you certainly won't be alone in your journey.

The trail stops off in many small towns so one can easily find accommodation en route with options available to cater to different budgets and needs. There are campsites along the way as well, with toilets and water that will sometimes need to be boiled. There are horse yards on the trail too but you'll need to carry a portable electric fence with you regardless, for peace of mind.

It also means that you don't need to complete the whole track if you don't want to – you can take on whichever section of the trail appeals. The route does not go through National Parks but instead follows forestry and fire trails, an array of country roads and even some private land.

It takes around three weeks for a horse rider to complete the whole trail, allowing a few rest days for horses and riders. Bike riders should finish more quickly while walkers can take around 25 days to complete it. Guidebooks and maps are available to help you set out on a successful excursion.

Along the way you'll be treated to gorgeous sights, including lush forest, tablelands and farms and you'll visit small 'off the beaten track' towns, so why not head out with your horse to complete this outstanding journey. Horse, trail operators and pony clubs will perhaps be your next point of call.