Ever fancied being a Jackaroo or Jillaroo? Well, now's your chance!

Come and stay at Black Mountain Hideaway to:

fulfill your dream. We run a 5 day certificate program for both beginners and more experienced riders. You will

learn a lot of important as well as interesting horsemanship ideals whilst experiencing an Australian farm

life. Suzie, Saxon and their staff enjoy sharing their experience and knowledge with others and they offer

specially designed Jackaroo and Jillaroo courses. We guarantee that you will get an instructive ride every day,

so that you will actually be able to control a horse at a walk, trot and canter when you leave Black Mountain


While camping in one of our cabins, bunkhouses or tents on our farm, you will learn the following:

  • Grooming and saddle up horses\
  • Horseriding and Natural Horsemanship
  • Feeding, maintenance and hoof care
  • Work with cattle, (mustering, yarding etc.) incl. whip cracking and lassoing
  • Fencing or yard building
  • Bush skills

while camping in the outback

  • Tack maintenance and repairs.

Giving you an idea of our Black Mountain Hideaway Jackaroo & Jillaroo courses we will show you an example of a 5 day course.

Day 1

  • Pick up at 9.00 a.m. from Port Douglas
  • Introduction and a cup of tea on arrival at Black Mountain Hideaway
  • A lesson on Natural Horsemanship and safety guidelines
  • A grooming and saddling up lesson
  • A riding lesson in the arena
  • followed by a 2 hour trailride through the historical Bumptrack under tuition.

Day 2

  • Catch and feeding the horses
  • Grooming and saddle up your horse
  • A horseriding lesson
  • Playing some Natural Horsemanship games on our horses
  • A 2 hour trailride lesson through ancient logging tracks, including a visit to the swimming hole in our crocodile free river
  • A two hour lesson in tack maintenance, repairs and making halters

Day 3

  • Catch, feed, and groom your horse
  • A lesson on hoof care & maintenance
  • A basic knowledge lesson about cattle
  • Mustering cattle on horseback
  • Cattle work (eg. yarding, separating, spraying)
  • A lesson in fencing or yard building

Day 4

  • Catch, feed, groom and saddle up
  • Ride into the outback and setup camp next to a crocodile free water lily lagoon
  • A whip cracking and lassoing lesson followed by a lassoing competition
  • Acquire bush skills, night line and feed your horse.
  • Cook your meal on an open campfire.

Day 5

  • Wake up in the bush
  • Feeding, grooming and saddle up your horse
  • Go brumbie (wild horses) spotting on horseback
  • Ride back to the farm
  • Issue your certificate and have a question and answer time
  • Return to Port Douglas in the evening.

What will you eat:

Prepare your own breakfast from a continental range of food. Enjoy an Aussie barbeque lunch in the beautiful open area. All evenings are spent around the campfire, exchange experiences of the day with your fellow riders after a traditional farm cooked meal. If you are a vegetarian or have special diet requirements, please let us know.
Please bring riding clothes (long sleeved shirt, long pants, covered in shoes).

We look forward to meeting you at one of our Black Mountain Hideaway Jackaroo & Jillaroo Courses, we promise you will never forget this great experience!

What's On? Quick Look Calendar 2012

Take a quick look at what's coming up at the Black Mountain Hideaway.

December 13th 2011

We are all very excited here at Black Mountain Hideaway to welcome you to our new website. We welcome your feedback so please let us know what you think.

January 1st 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New New to all our Black Mountain Hideaway family and friends. We have lots of exciting events planned and look forward to seeing you in the new year.