The High Country and Craig’s Hut, VictoriaGo Back
If your life-long dream has been to ride in the footsteps of ‘The Man from Snowy River’, then we’ve got the ride for you. Expect to swing your leg over a plucky mountain-bred horse into a stock saddle and delve deep into the heart of the High Country.
Your guides are Christian and Laura Hayes, a husband and wife duo who are renowned for guiding first-class riding holidays in two of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – the Kimberley and the High Country.
Astride your sure-footed horse and with your bush guides leading the way, you’ll scale wind-swept mountain escarpments, canter along wildflower-fringed tracks and weave through groves of silver-trunked snow gums. The raw and rugged beauty of this region will take your breath away at every turn.
When night falls you’ll be rolling your swag out in either rustic pioneer huts or at a secluded camp site in the middle of the bush. Evenings are spent around a smoky camp fire under a dazzling, starlit sky. The luxury of a hot shower is available each night. You certainly won’t go hungry on this ride – the country cooking is flavoursome and plentiful. Some of the trademark dishes that will appear magically from the well-equipped camp trailer are chicken risotto, rump steak, self-saucing chocolate pudding (made in the camp oven) and pavlova.
Alongside Christian and Laura is a team of horse people who have bush souls and will look after your every need from start to finish. This ride is a rite of passage for every globetrotter who has dreamed of riding in the High Country.
time in saddle: on average 5 to 8 hours a day, depending on the distance needed to be travelled
breed of horses: mountain-bred stock horses, Quarter Horses, Percheron cross and Clydie cross
pace: variable depending on the day and terrain. Guests will have the opportunity to trot and canter. Remember, this is the Victorian High Country so you’ll be riding along steep and high mountain tracks – that’s why it’s called the ‘High Country’!
riding ability: suitable for all abilities but a good level of fitness is required to wholeheartedly enjoy this ride and safely navigate the steep terrain and high mountain tracks. *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: 95 kg *please contact us if you’re above this weight.
accommodation: Depending on your itinerary you’ll be switching between bush camping and staying in rustic, pioneer huts. Both swags and tents are provided.
seasons: November through to March
group size: Minimum of eight guests and a maximum of fourteen guests.
ride length: Six days, five nights and seven days, six nights itineraries available.
2019/20 season departure dates & rates:
November 26 to December 1, 2019, six day, five night Craig’s Hut & High Country ride, $3000* AUD per person – ONE globetrotter booked
December 13 to 18, 2019, six day, five night Craig’s Hut & High Country ride, $3000* AUD per person
March 3 to 8, 2020, six day, five night Craig’s Hut & High Country ride, $3000* AUD per person – FIVE globetrotters booked
*Single supplement is available upon request for an extra charge.
*Price excludes alcohol.
*Transfers to/from Mansfield are NOT included in the ride price (further information below).
Payment can be made via direct debit (Australian residents only) or credit card which includes a 2% surcharge.
We require ALL guests to arrive and stay in Mansfield (at your own expense) the night before the ride begins. We also ask that you book another night’s accommodation in Mansfield at the end of the ride, so that you can enjoy a full day in the saddle on the last day.
In terms of transfers, the cheapest option is the V-Line bus service which runs between Melbourne and Mansfield. You could also hire a car and drive – Globetrotting can assist with teeing you up with another globetrotter booked on the same departure date so that you can share the cost of a hire car. Your hosts, Christian & Laura Hayes, can also offer a transfer service to/from Melbourne Airport to Mansfield for $300 AUD per person round trip, the day before and after the ride begins/ends (specific flight arrival and departure times are required to connect with this).
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
To get a feel for the terrain and horses on the High Country & Craig’s Hut ride click here to view this video.