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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 horsemen: 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 region 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 2 of the ride, the river is the heart of the valley and riders never get tired of traversing it. There are plenty of short canter bursts on offer between river crossings, and the chance to swim your horseback in 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 overlooking a lagoon.

The ride is narrated with the history of the pioneers who originally settled in the region and guests ride past remnants of the 1890s gold mining rush. The colourful history of the Snowy River region adds another dimension to this ride.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: five hours of riding on day 1, 2 and 4, three hours on day 5 and a rest day on day 3, when 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. *If you are a beginner rider, you’re expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk and posting/rising to the trot, and be willing to try cantering.

weight limit: 110kg

accommodation: quality, comfortable twin share accommodation at the River House and rustic pioneer rooms with plenty of character at Stockyard Creek Homestead.

seasons: November to March.

group size: Minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 10 guests.

2018 departure dates:

March 11 to 15, 2019 – EIGHT globetrotters booked, SOLD OUT!

November 18 to 22, 2019 – THREE globetrotters booked, SOLD OUT!

November 25 to 29, 2019 – THREE globetrotters booked, SOLD OUT!

2018 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 OPTIONS

Payment can be made via direct debit (Australian residents only) or credit card which includes a 2% surcharge.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

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.

FURTHER READING:

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.

David Brett

Were you happy with the horse/s that you rode?

We loved them. I rode a Chestnut ASH ex polo-cross horse named Shanghai and Heidi rode an OTTB named Lana - both excellent horses and well suited to us! Generally everyone on the ride appeared to be well mounted to their abilities.

Did you have a favourite day or experience while on your globetrotting holiday?

All days were great: fantastic views, good riding, excellent horses - exactly what we were after.

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