Howqua River ride, Victoria, AustraliaGo Back
HOWQUA RIVER RIDE, VICTORIA
This five day, four night mountain horse ride through Victoria’s High Country is a dream come true for any horse rider who grew up watching the ‘Man from Snowy River.’ Originally brought to life by Australia’s most famous bush poet Banjo Patterson the high country has a mystique and majesty about her that is truly intoxicating. It’s home to the mountain horseman: dressed in rabbit felt hats, cloaked in drizabones, traversing rugged, unforgiving country to graze their cattle while contending with extreme weather conditions.
There is something deeply romantic about Victoria’s high country and there is no better way to discover this country than from the back of a mountain pony. This packhorse ride is centered around the Howqua Valley a wildlife abundant national park that is supported by the pristine, clear running Howqua River. With over sixty river crossings on day two of the ride the river is the heart of the valley and riders never get tired of traversing it.
There is plenty of short canter bursts on offer between river crossings and swimming your horseback through summer. The regional cuisine on this ride is of gourmet standard. Expect to be completely overwhelmed by the meals that are prepared and served by gastronome Wendy Jubb-Stoney throughout your two night stay at Stockyard Creek, a pioneer homestead that overlooks a lagoon.
The ride is narrated with history of the pioneers who originally settled in the region and guests ride past remnants of the gold mining rush in the 1890’s. The colourful history of the Snowy River region adds another dimension to this ride.
time in saddle: five hours of horse riding on day 1, 2 and 4 and three hours day 5 and a rest day on day 3 where riding is optional.
breed of horses: a variety of breeds from Stock Horses to Quarter Horses.
pace: the pace can vary from a walk right through to a canter.
riding ability: all riding abilities are catered for from beginner to advanced riders.
weight limit: 110kgs
accommodation: quality, comfortable twin share accommodation at the River House and rustic, pioneer rooms with plenty of character at Stockyard Creek homestead.
seasons: October to April.
group size: Minimum of two guests and a maximum of ten guests.
2017/18 departure dates:
November 20 to 24, 2017 – SOLD OUT
March 12 to 16, 2018 – SOLD OUT
November 19 to 23, 2018 – TWO globetrotters booked
March 11 to 15, 2019
2017/18 ride prices:
$2750 AUD per person all inclusive, 5 days, 4 nights.
NB: This ride price includes round-trip transfers to and from Melbourne airport.
Payment can be made via direct debit or credit card which incurs a 2% surcharge.
Guests need to fly to Melbourne and then transfer to Mansfield the DAY BEFORE the ride begins. Accommodation in Mansfield that evening is at your own expense. Round-trip transfers are available from Melbourne and are included in the trip cost. Michael would prefer that you arrive on the Sunday (the day before the ride begins) by 3pm and for departing flights to be after 6pm on the final day of the ride.
Meet the man behind this ride, guide and owner Michael Watson through our Meet the guide series.
The Man from Snowy River ride was Kim Bourke’s first globetrotting trip find out what she thought here.