Australia, Queensland

Susan River Homestead – Awesome for families!


Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort

Awesome for families!

Relaxing views of the Australian bush and open green grass paddocks. The sounds of the wind rustling over the cane fields we pass and the knowledge that I’ll soon be eating chocolate mud cake by the banks of the Susan River.  All of this from the back of an impeccably behaved horse.

Does this sound awesome to you? That’s because it is!

My five year old thought it was awesome as well.  In fact, his verdict was that it was, “AMAZING!”.  Especially the chocolate mud cake part.  Also because he got to ride a  beautiful spotty horse named Magnum.

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Ripley (aged 5) on his gentle steed

I loved it because his horse was tethered to Abby’s trusty steed, the extremely competent horse woman here at Susan River Homestead.

This took away any anxiety I had about runaway horses and wild little boys who had previously declared they will most definitely be doing “horse jumping” on their very first trek.

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The horses waited in these stables (yep that horse is totally smiling) whilst we took a break for morning tea

In fact, Magnum was so calm and well behaved that the gently plodding of hooves over grass and the warm sun on Ripley’s back put him to sleep.  Abby, who is used to this happening, deftly lifted him over to her own horse and he got to ride shot gun sleepily and safely.

Like most small boys, his sweets radar ensured he was wide awake when we got to the chocolate mud cake part.

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Chocolate mud cake was enjoyed here by the banks of the lazy Susan River

What can I do at Susan River Homestead with the kids?

The daily horse riding trek’s at Susan River are awesome!  However, Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort is more than just horse riding. It’s 1660 acres of open paddocks, lakes, dams and the Australian bush.  There are plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family.

The lake is a whopping 17 acres and can be used for basically any activity that involves being towed behind a boat.  If you would like a less adventurous experience, a gentle kayak around the lake is just as enjoyable.

Did I mention they have a pool, tennis court and Olympic sized ground level trampoline?

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Recent rain ensured there was some muddy sections. Being a beginner, I chose to go around rather than through!

What to expect at Susan River Homestead

There are 16 comfortable hotel rooms (click here to book through booking.com or contact Susan River Homestead direct) and plenty of space for RVs, motor homes or even just to pitch a tent.

One of the most enjoyable things about Susan River is how welcome you will feel. The McLean family have owned and operated the adventure resort since the late 70’s.

It’s perfect for those with a little piece of country in their heart, or even those who long for some fresh air and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

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The bonfire pile waiting to be lit for the monthly night time horse rides by the banks of the Susan River

Its especially great for people who appreciate a hearty home style meal. You won’t find undersized portions on overpriced plates here. Don’t be surprised if apple pie and custard is served for desert … exactly how your mum used to make it!

The homestead dining room has a brick fireplace and a bar. There is an old piano in the corner for atmosphere and the venue lends itself perfectly for functions such as weddings and parties.

There is even a genuine antique horse drawn wedding cart suspended from the ceiling in the alfresco dining area.

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The antique horse drawn wedding carriage suspended from the ceiling

My tip!

Time your visit for a full moon.  If the conditions are right, a night time horse trek with a half time bonfire, garlic bread and hot soup is on the cards. Bookings are essential due to minimum number requirements.


How to make bookings and get in contact

Phone: (07) 4121 6846

Email: info@susanriver.com

Web: www.susanriver.com


How to get to Susan River Homestead

Susan River Homestead is located just off the highway halfway between Maryborough and Hervey Bay in Queensland.

Thinking of flying?

Daily direct flights run from Brisbane and Sydney to Fraser Coast/Hervey Bay Airport.  On arrival, guests will be met by Susan River’s courtesy vehicle (subject to prior arrangement)

Driving here?

Susan River Homestead is approximately three hours drive north of Brisbane.  Take the Fraser Coast Highway (Hervey Bay Road) from Maryborough and look for the Susan River signs approximately from Maryborough.





Visiting With Kids

Susan River Homestead is an ideal destination for kids, whether it’s to stay overnight or just for a day visit.  There is lots of space to run around and plenty of outdoor activities on offer with the most popular being the horse rides.

There is water skiing, parasailing and tube riding on the lake and bush walking, tennis courts, volleyball, billiards and a movie room for when you don’t want to get wet.

All kids (even big ones) will love the swimming pool and Olympic sized ground level trampoline.

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Saddles, helmets and horses suitable for five year olds! Ripley’s feedback was that it was “AMAZING!”

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