Texas Longhorn Experience
Texas Longhorn Tours commenced in 2009 at Leahton Park situated just 10km from Charters Towers, one of the most famous and historical towns in Australia.
Family owned and operated by Michael (Mick) & Lynda Bethel, this is one of the most unique tourism experiences in Australia. Guests are taken by Safari Ranger or Horse Drawn Wagon to see the spectacular and historical Texas Longhorn herd.
The Texas Longhorn viewing tours are super comfortable and utilise either the easy access fully automatic all-terrain Polaris Rangers or a horse drawn wagon that was purpose built by us at Leahton Park. Being the one stop shop that we are, the harness used on the draft horses was also made right here in the Bethel Saddlery saddle shop.
Every visitor to Texas Longhorn Tours gets to enjoy the ‘History of the Texas Longhorns’ video presentation filmed on location at Leahton Park under the shade of 'Wagon Wheel' dining shed.
The Wagon Tour experience also includes a traditional Aussie smoko of Aussie Billy Tea or Campfire Cowboy Coffee and other home-cooked delicacies. The Chuck Wagon Smoko is served from a fully outfitted, exact replica 1866 chuck wagon, made in Texas by master wagon maker Glenn Moreland.
You will also get to see an exact replica 1880's Texas trail herd saddle made in the saddle shop by Mick who has been making saddles for more than 30 years. This saddle is on display at the JR Gallery of Horns where you will not only get to see a collection of beautifully polished horns and other great things but the one and only world famous Guinness World Record steer JR. Another not to be missed part of the experience is Lynda's tour of the 'Longhorn Love Shack' where you will see the facilities used to handle the huge horned Texas Longhorn cattle.
Texas Longhorn Tours have featured on television shows such as No Leave No Life, Making Tracks, Queensland Weekender, Hamish & Andy's - Caravan of Courage, Dr. Harry on Better Homes and Gardens, Channel Seven's Sunrise to name a few and are a multi award winning attraction.
Both experiences typically operate from early May to October depending on seasonal conditions. Check Booking Page for timetable. If you have any questions at all in regard to availability etc. please contact us for further details.