HWH Stables







1.5 HR BUSH RIDE – $80 PP








A picturesque venue offering horse riding, training and a place for your child’s special event.

HWH Stables now offers over 250 acres of pristine Orara Valley Rainforest trails in addition to its popular Beach & River riding trails – Tourists holidaying in Coffs Harbour can now book a beach ride along the pristine Boambee Beach, $80 per hour, per person, based on a minimum of 2 riders, or $100 per hour for one rider. 3 hour rides are also available at $150 per person, based on 2 riders. 90 minute River Rides are $80 per person,  and now HWH Stables offers a 2 hr. Rainforest Ride departing the Riding School for $90 per person.  All rides are guided and prices include insurance and council’s beach permit. Age limits apply and are based on riding experience, please contact us today for more details, prices are subject to change without notice.

Poised high above the lush pastures and the Urumbilum River within the magnificent Orara Valley, just 20 minutes from Coffs Harbour, HWH Stables represents a venue like no other offering its guests a chance to truly connect with the world of horses, as well as the opportunity to reserve the entire Homestead for children’s parties utilising the property’s outstanding features.

At HWH Stables we allow our guests to learn Horsemanship & Riding skills in a format that is one-on-one with our friendly staff. HWH Stables instructors have a true passion for horses and for sharing knowledge to assist our students to understand and develop what is required to form a working partnership between horse and human. Our horses are well educated and our facilities provide for a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. Our exciting course format includes a transition from arena to paddock to the local Rainforest, Rivers and Boambee Beach locations. We offer trail rides and lessons from 1 hour to 3 hours, with the most popular being our 3 hour guided horse trail ride along Boambee Beach.

For children under seven years of age, or those not wishing to go for a guided horse ride, led pony rides are available. All lessons are one-on-one with a personalised course format designed to ensure all aspects of horsemanship and riding techniques are covered. Children’s parties have been designed to include lots of time up at the stables, by the pool and a guided nature trail walk to the ever flowing Urumbilum River that is a thrilling educational adventure in itself. Catering is provided as part of the package.

We invite you to reserve your visit to HWH Stables as a one time guest or register for our exciting horse riding and horsemanship course. Horsemanship and riding courses along with children’s parties are available throughout the year subject to weather conditions and availability. Please note, HWH Stables is by reservation only.

Children’s Parties
HWH Stables is a wonderful venue for your child’s party. Party times are set to run from 10am-2pm with lunch and snacks included in the price. HWH Stables is just one part of a large residence boasting enormous entertaining areas and beautifully maintained grounds that are perfect for children and adults alike. Spectacular views are enjoyed from the pool and outdoor dining areas. A typical child’s party event order includes time to learn basic riding skills with every child offered a chance to ride before a BBQ lunch and cake celebration by the pool.  River Ride options are available upon request at an additional cost.

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Parties are subject to a minimum of 5 children and maximum of 15 children, all children must have an adult accompanying them. Decorations are allowed upon request. Parking is available.
Price per child – $80.00 includes horse related activities, fruit snack, cold water, BBQ lunch by the pool.
Price per adult – $20.00 includes fruit snack, cold water, BBQ lunch (BYO)
Parents must accompany their own children at all times, suitable closed shoes must be worn for horse riding and walking trail activities, own towels and a change of clothes is recommended. Horse riding helmets are provided. Cakes and other food snacks supplied by parents.

** Providing horses to off-site parties is also available on request. Price is $150 per horse, per hour – includes insurance, (transport within 20kms of Upper Orara) and handler. *subject to suitable locations.

HWH Stables and the Holidays With Heart initiative
HWH Stables is owned and operated by Chris Fenech, and was established with the intention to create an income to help support a respite service that is provided to families affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD) at the property located at 267 Dairyville Road, Upper Orara NSW. Chris’ family is affected by HD, and as an active member of the NSW Huntington’s Association he felt it was the least he could do to enable families to visit his property to enjoy the surrounds, ride a horse, and generally take their mind off the day-to-day of living with HD. With full support from the NSW Huntington’s Association, families will be provided a day visit as HWH Stables cannot accommodate, this said, staff will provide advice on local attractions and hotels and while at the property all meals and activities will be free to all members of the families that visit. When not hosting families HWH Stables will operate to sell Horse Riding Lessons and Trail Rides to assist with the finances required to ensure this initiative is sustainable. Holidays With Heart receives no government funding, supported only by ID Services Australia Pty Ltd, HWH Stables and its own fund raising efforts. With regard to the nature of the business involving horses, Chris has over 25 years experience owning and managing horses both privately and commercially. Chris relocated his growing family from the Kimberley of WA during 2012 where he was managing a 3.5 million acre cattle station (10,000 head of cattle and 60 horses) that also incorporated a world class tourism resort operation and Indigenous training facility (Home Valley Station – Out Stations: Karunjie Station and Durack River Station), which is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation – an independent Commonwealth statutory body. Chris has also held positions as an instructor and tour guide with various horse riding establishments over the years including Moore Park Stables in Sydney and for a short time during 2012 he did some property maintenance and tour guide work for Clarry and Mary Quirk at Valery Trails, which is one the region’s most well known businesses. All staff at HWH Stables are highly capable and professional and are committed to succeed to ensure its guests receive total care within a friendly atmosphere.

Riders who register to take part in a course at HWH Stables become part of a small group of participants as the capabilities of the business are comparatively small compared to larger riding schools, this ensures all participants receive an enormous amount of individual attention. 

HWH Stables facilities are excellent and include an open arena, and two further open training grounds along with a large yard fitted with an all weather surface. The property also has an enormous 3 acre training paddock for open riding lessons, all areas are set high overlooking the beauty of the valley with adjacent access to 250 acres of pristine Rainforest and various Bush trails along with direct access to the ever flowing Urumbilum River.

The facilities also include several stables, day yards, wash bays, a round yard for lunging and loose schooling and a farriers workshop. All horses are Hendra Vaccinated. HWH Stables has a range of well schooled horses and ponies who are suitable for all standards and ages of riders. Of these horses are ex – competition horses from a variety of equine disciplines including dressage, eventing as well as former Station work horses with campdraft and polocrosse experience. All horses are carefully matched to the skill of the rider, and all necessary safety equipment is provided.

How to get there

HWH Stables
Orara Valley
267 Dairyville Road
Upper Orara NSW 2450

By Road
HWH Stables Riding School (Lessons, Clinics, River Rides, Bush & Rainforest Rides) – From Coffs Harbour, make your way along Coramba Road to the Upper Orara Road turn-off (at the Karangi General Store) and turn left. From there, travel for approximately 6kms until you reach the Dairyville Road turn-off (at the Local Hall) and turn right, travel for approximately 3kms until you see the property gates on the left. All visitors must call prior to their arrival by contacting the office as the gates are security controlled (t) 02 6653 8791.

View Map

Boambee Beach Rides Meeting Place – The HWH Stables meeting point is directly behind “The Deep Sea Fishing Club” at the southern end of the Jordan Esplanade at the Coffs Harbour Jetty. Travel east along Harbour Drive or Orlando Street towards the Coffs Harbour Jetty. Cross the railway line at the Jetty. (Close to the “whale-tail” water fountain). Turn right at the roundabout on the intersection of Marina Drive and Jordan Esplanade. Follow Jordan Esplanade for 1.2km. We are located directly behind “The Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club” – look for the HWH Stables truck and horses.

Booking Enquiry Form (click here)

Horse riding

Lessons & Rides
Register for either a series of lessons or only a few, either way your trainer will ensure you receive relevant theory and practical knowledge that will cover both Horsemanship and Riding skills and techniques. All participants will be offered an off-site adventure to Boambee Beach to ride on the sand overlooking the ocean, River or Rainforest Ride, while putting into practice their lessons that not only include riding but what it takes to transport, load and unload and adapt to different terrain and surrounds. From arena to paddock to the local Rainforest, Rivers and Boambee Beach, HWH Stables offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of horses. Riding Lessons are $60 per hour – includes insurance – 1 hour Beach Rides are $80 per person based on a minimum of 2 riders or $100 per hour for 1 rider. 3 hour Boambee Beach Rides which includes Boambee Lagoon & Sand Dune trail are $150 per ride. 2 hour Rainforest Ride – $90 per person. 2 hour River Ride – $90 per person. 90 min. Bush Ride – $80 per person.

Boambee Beach Ride
HWH Stables offers guided beach rides along the pristine shoreline of Boambee Beach, located within Coffs Harbour. This ride is suitable for first-time riders, designed as a one-on-one lesson. Approved safety helmets are provided. Reservations are required 24 hours prior to the ride. Price is $80 per person, per hour (minimum 2 riders) or $100 per person, per hour (one rider) or  $150 per person for 3 hours which includes Boambee Lagoon & Sand Dune Track – includes insurance and council beach permit fees.

Horse for Hire
Whether it is for the little kids or the big kids at heart, HWH Stables offers residents in the Coffs Coast and Hinterland region the opportunity to hire a horse for your next party, wedding, special event or corporate function. Designed for fun and allowing everyone an opportunity to interact for photo opportunities and led rides. We are open to all ideas, from team building events, community events to the Bride-Groom arriving on horseback and parties. Price is $150 per horse, per hour – includes insurance, (transport within 20kms of Upper Orara) and handler. *subject to suitable locations.

Horsemanship Training & Clinics
Horsemanship training combines ground based training with riding training. We recommend this course for those who are needing help with solving problems with their own horse or those considering buying or leasing a horse or for those riders nervous about handling their mounts. This course is conducted either at HWH Stables or at the customers property.  Chris Fenech can be employed to also assist when setting-up their own properties and be on-hand for the big day when they take receipt of their new horse. It is our intention to assist horse owners to develop a consistent set of guidelines that will become the foundation of the relationship and life-long partnership with horses in general. Chris Fenech has developed his own unique approach to working with horses that he enjoys sharing this knowledge with his customers, his methods are a collection of theories and techniques developed by Chris and also from some of the greatest horsemen from around the US & Australia.  Practical knowledge made unique by Chris by his observations of individual horse’s needs and application of what is required to develop a relationship using processes involving pressure and release while being extremely sensitive and aware of the horse’s overall fear and anxiety levels, there is no “whispering” involved, just a whole lot of care. love, mutual respect and common sense and a genuine desire to ensure “there is something in it for the horse” at every step of the way.

Horse Transport
HWH Stables offers a horse transport service specialising in local area transport of up to 6 horses. Safety and care of your horse is our highest priority at all times.  Price is $100 service fee plus $3 per kilometre – insurance is available upon application at an additional fee. *Conditions apply.

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Horse Conditioning, Barefoot Trimming & Restarting.
HWH Stables can provide assistance with the development of your horse’s training and condition, applying a combination of exercise and diet treatments, hoof care as well as the analysis of your horses surrounds that may be impacting on its general health and well being. Price on application.

Barefoot Trimming – $45 per horse, donkey, cattle

Restarting – from $80 per hour.


First off, I would like to say a big thank you to Chris for lending me Brandy and Rocky. Together you have both taught me more about horse care and how to handle them in a safe and lovable environment. I am now much more confident with my riding. Getting me over my fears going up and down hills as well getting me into my first canter on both Rocky and Brandy. I have never ridden along the beach or the road until now, it felt amazing. Heartfelt thank you to Chris (Instructor) and the Fenech family. Jammie Hill

I work long hours and don’t get a lot of time off so decided to go back horse riding after 30 years. BEST DECISION I EVA MADE!!! BEST INSTRUCTOR ALIVE!!! Thankyou Chris for your time you put into everyone of us and your amazing care and kindness you have for us and the love you have for your horses.You are amazing and we are lucky you moved here. Stuck with us!! Karlene Weldon.

Hayley’s first lesson with Chris Fenech, I recommend anyone that wants to learn horsemanship to take their kids to Chris at upper orara,I’ve been around along time and don’t think I’ve come across anyone with the knowledge and skills like Chris has, Hayley and I learnt so much in one session, he has a great safe set up for kids and his horses are well educated for learners. Lyn Thompson.

He is amazing hey works so well with the kids. Rebekah Duck.

The amazing trust Breanna learnt today was so beautiful. I am so proud of her. Words will never be enough to thank you Chris Fenech for the life lessons we learnt today. feeling proud. Amanda Gill Williams.

My friend Elle Gardner and I really enjoy learning from Chris Fenech! Thank you so much! Mariana Kuprijanova.

We are so lucky. Learning some very cool stuff. I have complete respect. Inhale Eagles.

Awesome day today riding on the beach. Rachel Vercoe.

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