History of Glenworth Valley
The land that Glenworth Valley currently operates on was purchased in 1972 by the Lawler family who had previously had a long association with the Central Coast and it is the largest private land holding on the Central Coast with 3,000 acres of land. Glenworth Valley also holds claim to the oldest standing house on the Central Coast, built in 1832 and made out of local sandstone.
Since 1972 and commencing with just 10 horses, Glenworth Valley has conducted a horse riding business on the property. However within just 10 years the business expanded to become the largest horse riding centre in Australia with 200 horses and employing 15 full time staff. Glenworth Valley was a founding member of the Australian Horse Riding Centre Association that regulates safety standards for the horse riding industry. Largely due the efforts of Central Coast Tourism and Tourism NSW, Glenworth Valley has become renowned as the best place to go horse riding in Australia and horse riding enthusiasts travel from overseas to experience horse riding at Glenworth Valley.
Whilst we are renowned for our horse riding, we have experienced recent growth with expansion into outdoor adventure activities including quad biking, abseiling, kayaking and laser skirmish activities. In late 2016, Glenworth Valley’s Valley Events Centre opened to host weddings, corporate and private functions.
Many famous guests have enjoyed horse riding and the other adventure activities on offer at Glenworth Valley over the years, including David & Victoria Beckham and family in 2018, Bill Gates and family during the 2000 Olympics, Nicole Kidman, Bear Grylls and Kanye West.
Glenworth Valley by Jill Nevile
Leave your cares at the top of the hill
And descend the dusty tracks
To a valley of green tranquility,
A quiet place to relax.
You can camp, or picnic, or contemplate
Beside the meandering creek,
Or stroll along the bridleways
To find the peace you seek.
But the way to savour the valley
Is to mount a willing horse
And take the trails through the bushland,
Or follow the river’s course.
On the way you may see wildlife,
Wallabies watching you pass,
A goanna scuttling for shelter,
Lyrebirds scratching the grass.
Nearing the cooling rockpools,
You enter a canopied glade
Where the bellbirds tinkle a greeting
To the equine passing parade.
So leave your cares behind you,
Descend a dusty track,
As nature soothes your spirit,
Life takes a different tack.
© Jill Nevile 2005