Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Saddling Up for Trail Ride

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Saddling Up for Trail Ride

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Byline: Kerrie Alexander

TAKING on an eerie black tunnel didn't scare off 165 riders but it did frighten the bats that live there.

Horse enthusiasts from around the Wide Bay Burnett saddled up for a 20km trail ride from Boolboonda Hall to Mount Perry showgrounds last weekend.

Riders were aged from 3 to 60 and Hervey Bay Pony Club president Lyndal Roos said it wasn't just the riders who did the hard yards.

"Some of the young riders were led by either parent on horse back or the dedicated mums and dads walked the distance next to their young riders."

The trail took riders along the national trail via the historic Boolboonda Railway Line and the "amazing" Boolboonda Tunnel, which proved to be an exciting challenge.

Boolboonda Tunnel is the southern hemisphere's longest hand cut unsupported tunnel and a remnant from Mount Perry's copper mining days and is now home to a colony of bent winged bats.

"Needless to say the bats were not very happy about having a herd of noisy horses and riders interrupt the usually peaceful quiet of the tunnel," Ms Roos said. …

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