For the past 16 years The Long Paddock has been at the forefront of tourism development and promotion along the Cobb Highway in south western NSW. The tourism collective has successfully increased visitation numbers to the region and invested $930 000 in developing the award winning touring route.

In 2015, The Long Paddock is taking the development of tourism to a whole new level with the inaugural Long Paddock Cattle Drive.

“Since its inception in 1999, The Long Paddock has fielded enquiries from visitors as to how they might be able to experience the real Long Paddock – to live the life of a drover – even if just for a few days. Up until now there has been no opportunity for visitors and locals alike to participate in a real droving experience in our area. We live in one of the most amazing parts of Australia, that people love to visit, and now we will be able to offer them a truly unique experience – that showcases not only the landscape but a way of life that brings out the romantic in all of us. To ride behind a mob of cattle, as the sun rises over the Hay Plains is a “bucket list” experience at its best..” Said Alison McLean, Project Manager of The Long Paddock.

The event will be held over two consecutive weekends in May (1 – 3 and 8 – 10). Each weekend is restricted to just 20 riders each to maintain the intimate feel of the campfire. The ride is open to all levels of riding experience, with specialised riding instructors ensuring guests leave better riders then when they arrive. While the accommodation is in tents it is far from the level you may expect, with stretcher beds, linen and donnas providing an unprecedented level of luxury to the ride. The level of luxury will also be evident in the locally sourced gourmet food and wine on offer to guests.

“Billabong Ranch at Echuca will be providing all the horses, tack and instruction and it is great to have their expertise behind the ride. We want guests to arrive with nothing more to worry about then what they are wearing each day. Our aim is to provide a truly amazing short break. We want our guests to leave feeling a genuine connection to their horse, the cattle and the people. And of course we want them to go home and tell everyone about The Long Paddock Cattle drive” added Mrs McLean.