80° BY THE SEA
Looking for a beach vacation? Let us help you find the right spot.More
Horseshoe Bay Ranch. Leaving only hoofprints on Magnetic Island's white-sand beaches, these eco-friendly horse rides offer the chance to go bareback swimming with your well-trained steed. Two- to three-hour rides (A$100) depart Horseshoe Bay Ranch daily at 9 and 3, wending their way along bush trails to a secluded beach, where you get to unsaddle and take the horses for a Coral Sea swim. Wear a bathing suit, shirt, long pants, socks, and closed shoes, and BYO drinking water and sunscreen. Safety helmets are provided, and a minimum of two guides accompanies each ride. 38 Gifford St., Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD, 4819. 07/4778–5109. www.horseshoebayranch.com.au. A$100 per person, guided ride; A$20 kid's pony ride.