Australian Jillaroo Jackaroo School

From £449, 5 days, Australia Trip code: OZJS

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 1 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
Australian Jillaroo Jackaroo SchoolAustralian Jillaroo Jackaroo SchoolAustralian Jillaroo Jackaroo School

Trip Highlights

  • Live the outdoor life and experience the stunning Australian outback.
  • Get a taste of what it’s like to be a real life cowboy or cowgirl!
  • Learn a range of new skills from cattle mustering to sheep shearing.
  • Take a dip with the horses when the weather is warm enough!
  • Tuck into meals like a local; by a roaring campfire under a blanket of stars!

 

Trip Summary

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Take yourself away from the beaten tourist route and into what many describe as the real Australia, the Outback, to learn a host of new skills, live the rustic lifestyle and experience some of the most fun and unique activities of your life!

 

Set off the beaten track (literally!) your stay out on the ranch will see you befriend your own horse, learning everything from riding to talking to cattle mustering with your new four legged companion. Add to this lassoing, cattle wrestling, cattle branding and building plus enjoying meals by campfire and star light and your experience as a Jillaroo or Jackaroo is complete!

 

Enjoy traditional tucker, rustic living and master the art of farming using traditional Jackaroo and Jillaroo techniques in the stunning Australian Outback! You learn skills including horse riding, cattle mustering, lassoing and the secret art of Natural Horsemanship or ‘Horse Whispering’! It’s an action-packed 5 or 11 day itinerary that will leave you breathless but with enough amazing experiences to last a lifetime. 


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Destination info

This programme is based in Leconfield, a small town in the heart of the Australian outback around 50km east of Tamworth. You’ll be able to get back to nature spotting indigenous wildlife and taking horse rides over the vast and stunning surrounding landscape.  If you want to get away from it all on a once in a life-time experience then this is the ideal destination for you; traditional tucker, Aussie culture and rustic living!

 

Please note that the 5-day and 11-day options are at different properties.

  • Location: New South Wales

Whatever your level of experience, you can get to grips with a whole host of new skills from lassoing to Natural Horsemanship and bed-down under the stars in the Aussie wilderness after a good days work! Below is the typical itinerary for the 5-day jillaroo Jackaroo school, for those that choose the 11-day package you’ll be at a different property, doing all the activities over 11 days allowing you to widen your skill set over a more dedicated period of time.

 

On day 1 you’ll be picked up at 9am from the YHA hostel in Tamworth and taken to a second hand store where you can buy cheap work clothes, a cowboy hat and boots. Next stop, the ranch in Leconfield (dependent on the duration of course that you choose) for your introduction and a much needed cup of tea. In the afternoon enjoy a grooming and saddling up lesson as well as a lesson on Natural Horsemanship riding followed by a 2.5 hour ride including bush survival and local bush tucker!  

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Destination info

This programme is based in Leconfield, a small town in the heart of the Australian outback around 50km east of Tamworth. You’ll be able to get back to nature spotting indigenous wildlife and taking horse rides over the vast and stunning surrounding landscape.  If you want to get away from it all on a once in a life-time experience then this is the ideal destination for you; traditional tucker, Aussie culture and rustic living!

 

Please note that the 5-day and 11-day options are at different properties.

  • Location: New South Wales

Only Day 2 and you’re up to catch and saddle the horses! Enjoy morning lessons in Natural Horsemanship, horse shoeing and whip cracking and lassoing. In the afternoon experience a variety of activities from mustering sheep on horseback to trotting and cantering in the arena, a barrel race on horseback, a talk on sheep health and husbandry and a sheep shearing lesson. Cram in lunch and dinner and you’ll soon be settled into your new lifestyle!
 

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Destination info

This programme is based in Leconfield, a small town in the heart of the Australian outback around 50km east of Tamworth. You’ll be able to get back to nature spotting indigenous wildlife and taking horse rides over the vast and stunning surrounding landscape.  If you want to get away from it all on a once in a life-time experience then this is the ideal destination for you; traditional tucker, Aussie culture and rustic living!

 

Please note that the 5-day and 11-day options are at different properties.

  • Location: New South Wales

Have your energy and concentration levels set to maximum today with fencing or yard building (this often involves tree felling) being taught. Afetr a hearty lunch and for those who are interested in finding out where their meat comes from, you can take part in slaughtering a sheep.

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Destination info

This programme is based in Leconfield, a small town in the heart of the Australian outback around 50km east of Tamworth. You’ll be able to get back to nature spotting indigenous wildlife and taking horse rides over the vast and stunning surrounding landscape.  If you want to get away from it all on a once in a life-time experience then this is the ideal destination for you; traditional tucker, Aussie culture and rustic living!

 

Please note that the 5-day and 11-day options are at different properties.

  • Location: New South Wales

Rise early to catch and saddle the horses before taking some time out to enjoy a few Natural Horsemanship games. Next, experience mustering cattle on horseback and yarding and drafting cattle. You’ve deserved your lunch, after which you’ll learn about cattle breeds and husbandry as well as wrestling, branding and marking calves followed by a demonstration in using working dogs. If that wasn’t enough cowboy-ing around for one day you’ll also get to put your skills to use in a lassoing competition!

Day 5: From 5 days

Destination info

This programme is based in Leconfield, a small town in the heart of the Australian outback around 50km east of Tamworth. You’ll be able to get back to nature spotting indigenous wildlife and taking horse rides over the vast and stunning surrounding landscape.  If you want to get away from it all on a once in a life-time experience then this is the ideal destination for you; traditional tucker, Aussie culture and rustic living!

 

Please note that the 5-day and 11-day options are at different properties.

  • Location: New South Wales

Early to rise again and using your new expert skills you will catch and saddle your horse and learn more about how to maintain saddlery. If travelling in the warmer months, ride to the swimming hole where we swim the horses and after a break and take the horses for a trot and a canter. If it’s not warm enough you’ll probably not want to swim but you’ll still take the ride. After a picnic lunch you’ll finish with some games on horseback before riding back to the ranch for your final night in Tamworth where you’ll stay in the local YHA Hostel and indulge in a farewell night out with your new friends. You’re free to embark on onward travel the next morning.

 

For those who are taking part in the 11-day course, you’ll get twice the experience with time off at the weekend to enjoy the ranch and the local area! Day 11 will be departure day when you’ll be taken back to Tamworth in the morning for your onward travel.  

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What's included?

  • 4-10 nts accom on training ranch (depending on programme choice)
  • All tuition and skills lessons
  • All meals
  • Tamworth pick-up and drop-off
  • 24-hour emergency contact number

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Transport to Tamworth
  • Extra activities not on itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Under 18s usually accepted depending on riding level and whether they are accompanied by a parent/guardian. Maximum age is dependant upon potential participant’ s health.

 

Accommodation

If you choose the 5-day course you will stay in a bunkhouse at the ranch. For those that choose the 11-day course you will stay in a different property run by a different organisation. All facilities are shared, giving you the opportunity to live the authentic outback lifestyle and get to know your fellow cowboys and girls!

 

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all provided. If you’re staying for the 5-day course all meals will be cooked in an open air camp oven or if you’re staying for 11 days meals will be served in the main house.

 

Is this trip for you?

Please note that, although this course is designed to give you a proper taste of outback ranch life it is not the same as the Outback ranch programme we offer, which prepares you for paid work on a ranch. You will have lots of contact with horses but you probably won't get to ride horses everyday.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Do I have to be able to ride a horse?

All levels of riders are welcome of this course.

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2. How do I get to Tamworth?

Tamworth is approximately 8 hours by bus from Sydney. Alternatively, you can get there in a one-hour flight with Qantas or take the train (Journey time is 6 hrs).

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3. Can I bring my own riding equipment?

If you ride in the UK, you can take your own riding boots and hat.

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4. What style of riding is it?

Western Style.

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Emma Mills - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The people on the jackaroo/ jillaroo school were fantastic. They made me feel totally at ease and they offered me to stay on and cook for the next school. I ended up staying there for11 weeks and I intend to go back in the next month or two. My highlights were mustering beautiful paddocks on horseback, chilling round the campfire and meeting lots of lovely animals and humans alike.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Eri Bertsou - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great experience, met people from all over the world and worked close with the horses and farm animals.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Cattle mustering and natural horsemanship lessons

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be ready to part with your living comforts, embrace new experiences and enjoy every minute of it.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sarah Allman - July 2011

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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Loved every second of this week, definitely would do again!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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What were the highlights of your trip?

The all day cattle muster was the most fun, riding the whole day in the sun around this hills of Leconfield was stunning!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a hat!! You will definitely need one!! Don't bother taking too many sets of old clothes, there are some to borrow there and you tend to wear the same things most of the time! Take some cash with you to buy drinks and chocolate and the DVD at the end of the week, they don't have a card machine there!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Yolanda King - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great place, great people, learnt lots, fantastic horse, great fun!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Feeling such acomplishment by the end of the week that we had learnt how to control the horses and how to actually ride, was a fantastic experience.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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