26 June, 2023
Living out the bucket list dream
Ecstatic to be living out his ‘bucket list’ dream, Victorian horse trainer Julien Welsh has been travelling Australia with his two horses, his dog, and a carriage.
Starting from his hometown just outside
of Melbourne, Mr Welsh is on his
way north, with Rockhampton as the
“I’m just doing a trip that’s been on
the bucket list for quite a few years, and
just having a little break from the mainstream.
My main aim is to just slow
down,” explained Mr Welsh.
“And there’s no better way to see the
country than on horse and carriage.”
Mr Welsh stopped in Gilgandra for
four days last week, to give the horses a
rest and pick up a few bits and pieces. He
says Gilgandra was a great stop for himself
and his horses.
“It’s a great town, with great people,
and great facilities.”
Mr Welsh even popped into Rohr’s
for some horse feed last week.
He stayed at the Gilgandra showgrounds
during his layover. Mr Welsh is
entirely self-sufficient, but needs to stop
in towns for water almost every day.
“I’ve got a swag, I carry all my food, all
the feed and water for the horses, but I
need to go through places where there is
“I can only carry 60 litres at a time
and they’ll drink that in a day.”
Hank and Dusty the horses, alongside
dog Nookie, have all proven to be excellent
travelling companions. But Mr
Welsh said that hasn’t made the trip any
“It’s not easy, it’s hard every day
putting horses to bed every night, feeding
them, watering them. But it’s enjoyable.
You’re not on a timetable, and you can
do as you please,” he explained.
“The best part is probably going into
these small towns and meeting people
that have been there all their lives, and
listening to their stories, and what
they’ve done. It’s really great meeting
Mr Welsh will meet his wife in Rockhampton where she will bring the travellers back to Victoria on a truck.