Post-Conference Tour | Hunter Valley


The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's top tourist destinations, famous for both world class wines and the best equines in the Southern Hemisphere. The rural heritage town of Scone is globally renowned as "Australia's Horse Capital", home to the majority of the leading Thoroughbred studs and one of the largest Arabian breeding herds on the continent, as well as being the heart of Australian Stockhorse country, a breed whose origins trace directly to a significant infusion of Arabian blood. The Hunter Valley wine region is the oldest in Australasia, attracting more tourists each year than South Australia's Barossa Valley & McClaren Vale, and Western Australia's Margaret River Region. 

The Hunter Valley & Australia's Horse Capital Post-Conference Tour has been carefully crafted to provide international guests with the best of both world-class equines & local culinary delights, with a heaping dose of authentic Aussie hospitality. Scheduled for two fun-filled days (Saturday the 9th & Sunday the 10th) immediately after the WAHO General Sessions, the Hunter Valley & Australia's Horse Capital Post-Conference Tour is a 'must-do/must-see' experience just a short coach ride away from the Central Coast.

Following the festivities of Friday night’s Gala Dinner, coach transport will be provided mid-morning on Saturday 9th February from the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific for the first stop on the Hunter Valley Tour: Jenni & Paul Ogden’s Eagleridge Arabians Farm. A globally recognised source of world-class Arabian show horses & breeding stock, Eagleridge will not only showcase their own breeding programme but host several other local breeders, including Diamond Road Arabian Stud & Myth Haven Arabian Farm, for an engaging afternoon presentation.

Following a relaxing lunch and fellowship, the coach will depart for the heart of the Hunter Valley to the largest of all the Mulawa operations: Alabama & Cronk Coar Studs, sister properties situated in Segenhoe NSW. Here guests will meet the Mulawa breeding stallions, discover the expansive broodmare band representing an impressive 14 dam families, and get up close and personal with the youngest of the foals from the most recent season. The day will finish with a relaxing evening BBQ near the paddocks of Mulawa supersires KLASS & ALLEGIANCE MI, before departing for an overnight stay in nearby Denman.  

Local equine tour expert Craig Benjamin, who will join the tour on Saturday afternoon, will be our guide for intimate 'behind-the-scenes' experiences at two of the most prominent Thoroughbred studs in the area, home to legendary athletes & celebrated breeding horses. The morning kicks off with a special visit to the incredible Widden Stud, an iconic Aussie stud farm owned & operated by the Thompson Family for over 150 years. Lunch & wine tasting at Hollydene Estate in nearby Jerrys Plains will set the stage for a spectacular afternoon, as the vineyard’s hillside location overlooks the well groomed paddocks of Coolmore Australia, a division of the world’s largest Thoroughbred breeding operation. A stud tour at Coolmore will immediately follow, an experience that will be long remembered as a highlight in this extraordinarily impressive equine hotspot.

The coach will depart for Sydney late in the afternoon with a dinner stop along the route at the charming Wyong Milk Factory, a inspiringly renovated dairy farm that features two dining options: at the cosy Café, or for the full farm experience, at The Rusty Udder Tavern. Evening return will be provided to the Mantra Sydney Airport hotel, for an overnight stay before your departure home, or to Victoria or Queensland for continued post-conference tour enjoyment. The hotel is a convenient shuttle ride away to your flight departures on Monday morning.

Hunter Valley & australia's horse capital 


09 February | Saturday   Coach Departure | Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific    8:00 AM
    Eagleridge Arabian Farm Stud Tour & Presentation   10:30 PM 
    Lunch | Eagleridge (included in tour fee)   12 PM 
    Coach Departure to Mulawa Arabian Stud   1 PM
    Alabama Stud & Cronk Coar (Mulawa Arabian Stud) Tour   4:30 PM
    BBQ Dinner with the Studs | Cronk Coar   6:30 PM 
    Coach Departure to Denman   7:30 PM  
    Overnight | The Grapevine Motel ~ Denman
10 February | Sunday   Coach Departure to Mulawa Arabian Stud    9 AM
    Widden Stud Tour (Thoroughbred)   9:30 AM 
    Lunch & Wine Tasting | Hollydene Estate (included in tour fee)    12:15 PM 
    Coolmore Stud Tour (Thoroughbred)   2 PM 
    Coach Return Departure to Sydney   4 PM
    Dinner | Wyong Milk Factory Tavern (not included in tour fee)    6:30 PM 
    Overnight | Mantra Sydney Airport     
11 February | Monday   Post-Conference Tour Departures | VIC, QLD & NZ   All Day
    Hunter Valley & Australia's Horse Capital Tour Fee   $625 AUD/person
    Couple rate includes shared accommodation   $850 AUD/couple
    Each additional family member sharing the same accommodation (max 4 persons/room)   $225 AUD/person
 Saturday 09 February   Breakfast, Lunch, BBQ Dinner, Coach Transport, Accommodation   included 
 Sunday 10 February   Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting, Coach Transport, Accommodation   included 
 Monday 11 February    Breakfast, Airport Transfers   included 
    Dinner (Saturday & Sunday)   not included

The All-Inclusive Australia's Horse Capital & Hunter Valley Sightseeing Tour price includes:

  • Two (2) nights accommodation in New South Wales
    • The Grapvine Motel in Denman (Saturday overnight)
    • Mantra Sydney International Airport (Sunday overnight)
  • Coach Transport on Saturday (09th February) & Sunday (10th February)
  • Airport Transfers on Monday (11th February)
  • Breakfast x3 (per person) - Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • Lunch x2 (per person) - Saturday & Sunday
  • BBQ Dinner - Saturday evening
  • Wine Tasting x1 (per person) - Sunday 
  • Access to all Arabian Horse Presentations & Stud Tours
  • $625 AUD/single
  • $850 AUD/couple | shared accommodation
  • $225 AUD/person for additional family members in shared accommodation | max 4 persons/room   

Dinner on Sunday (10th February) is NOT included in the all-inclusive tour price.

The Australia's Horse Capital & Hunter Vallery Tour will feature the following breeders & programmes:

Mulawa Arabian Stud | The Farrell Family | website
Alabama Stud | The Farrell Family | website 
 Cronk Coar | The Farrell Family | website
 Eagleridge Arabian Farm | Jenni & Paul Ogden | Facebook
Diamond Road Arabian Stud | David Gillett | Facebook
Myth Haven Arabian Farm | Greg Egan | website
 Fox Ridge Farm | Lisa & Ray Smith  | website
 Coolmore Stud | The Magnier Family  | website
Widden Stud | The Thompson Family | website

The Programme for all scheduled events and tours is subject to change. Please check the website regularly for any updates. All registered participants will be informed of any changes.

Last Update: 19 January 2019

A special thank you to the official WAHO 2019 Conference Australia partners, patrons & sponsors