Bogong & Brumby Ride, Australia

7 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,660 AUD

If you love riding in the High Country and are keen to explore the raw and rugged beauty of the Bogongs, then THIS is the ride for you!

The Bogong & Brumby ride is the perfect itinerary for any globetrotter with a love for riding in the High Country and a desire to explore the raw and rugged beauty of the Bogongs under the guardianship and care of Christian and Laura Hayes from Hidden Trails. 

This husband and wife duo are renowned for bringing first-class riding holidays in two of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – the Kimberley and the High Country. 

Astride your surefooted horse and with your bush guides leading the way, you’ll scale windswept mountain escarpments, canter along wildflower fringed tracks and weave through groves of silver-trunked snow gums. 

The jewel in the crown of this six day riding itinerary is encountering the wild-eyed, spirited herds of brumbies that inhabit the Bogongs. There is nothing quite so thrilling as spotting a mob of brumbies *from your horse* and observing them in their natural state. 

As of night time, 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. 

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Mountain-bred stock horses, Quarter Horses, Percheron cross and Clydie cross.
  • Pace:Variable depending on the day and terrain. Some days will include more cantering than others, this will depend on the terrain travelling for the day.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:Australian made swinging fender stock saddles.
  • Seasons:January
  • Group size:A minimum of 8 guests and a maximum of 14 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average 5 to 8 hours a day, depending on the distance needing to be travelled.
  • 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.
     Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:On the first and final evenings you’ll stay in the luxury of a boutique B&B at Anglers Rest. For the remainder of the trip you’ll be switching between bush camping and rustic pioneer huts. Both swags and tents are provided.
  • Ride Length:8 days, 7 nights, with 6 riding days.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes meals (from dinner on day 1 through to breakfast on the final day), accommodation and riding throughout the itinerary.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol and transfers to and from Albury.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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$3,660 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes meals, twin share accommodation and riding.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol, or transfers to and from Albury.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN AUD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    Your riding adventure will start just outside the beautiful and scenic town of Omeo, the gateway to the High Plains. If you’ve booked the transfer service, you’ll be picked up at 3pm and transferred to The Willows at Anglers Rest (those who choose to self drive can meet us there). The Willows is a beautiful, rustic property set on the Bundarrah River. You’ll enjoy a hearty dinner here this evening where you’ll have the chance to discuss the week of riding ahead.

    This ride will take you to breathtaking areas of the Bogong High Plains and unique Cattlemen’s Huts scattered throughout the mountains. Passing through valleys and open plains, you’ll often get the chance to see wild-eyed, healthy and spirited Bogong Brumbies grazing amongst the Snow Gums and wildflower filled paddocks. This is definitely the jewel in the crown of this 6 day itinerary – there is nothing quite as thrilling as spotting a mob of brumbies *from your own horse* and being able to observe them in their natural state!

  • Day 2

    You’ll ride out from the Willows, climbing through the woody forest heading towards the High Plains. Your group will be stopping for lunch at Trapyard Gap before climbing out of the forest and into the open plains. Tonight’s camp will be at Buckety Plains, which sits above Faithfuls Hut.

  • Day 3

    Today you’ll ride out over the High Plains where you’ll pause to admire the view from Mt Cope and have a picnic lunch at Ryders Hut. In the afternoon you’ll cross trout filled mountain streams and ride amongst the wildflowers. Tonight’s camp will be at the Pretty Valley Yards.

  • Day 4

    Today you’ll ride out from Pretty Valley, passing the Pretty Valley Dam and Tawonga Huts. From here you’ll climb up Fainters Track with magnificent views across to Mount Feathertop. Tonight you’ll camp again at Pretty Valley Yards.

  • Day 5

    On day five you’ll ride from Pretty Valley yards across the High Plains. Today there are plenty of opportunities to come across wild brumbies. The Bogong Brumbies are big, solid, magnificent looking horses. Tonight’s camp is at McNamara’s Hut set amongst the snow gums.

  • Day 6

    Today you’ll head out from the hut for a full day in the saddle riding down to the Cobungra River for lunch. Lunch is taken by packhorse. At the river you’ll stop for a break and swim, for those wanting a dip.

  • Day 7

    On your final day you’ll ride down the valley and off the High Plains, arriving back at The Willows mid afternoon. Accommodation will be back in the B&B with dinner and drinks on the deck at The Willows overlooking the surrounding hills.

  • Day 8

    After breakfast you will say goodbye to the new friends you have made and depart. If you have purchased transfers, you’ll head back to Albury Airport, arriving around 12pm.

  • Transfer Information

    A transfer service is available to/from Albury Airport for $300 per person round trip.

    Self drive is also an option (and the drive is beautiful, regardless of whether you are travelling from Melbourne (allow approx. 6hrs) or Albury (allow approx. 3hrs).

    If opting for the transfer service, you’ll be picked up from the airport at around 3pm on the first afternoon (January 9). Please ensure your flight lands no later than 2:30pm.

    And drop off will be by 12 midday on the last day (January 16). Departing flights can be booked from 1pm onwards.

  • What To Expect In The Bush Camp

    Each night a hot shower and a toilet will be available (rustic, but clean).  The tents will be a simple mosquito dome so you can still gaze at the night sky. Your hosts will provide you with a comfortable swag (a canvas cover with a mattress inside) but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.

    All your meals are prepared daily from the camp kitchen trailer. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements before embarking on your ride. Each day’s breakfast consists of a cooked breakfast, which might include bacon and eggs, pancakes or French toast. Continental breakfast items will also be available, as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt. Snacks: Throughout the day muesli bars and fresh fruit will be provided. Lunch: the lunch menu will vary; cold meats and salads, Australian BBQ, Ploughman’s lunch and antipasto items. You’ll also be given cakes and biscuits to accompany your billy tea or plunged coffee. Dinner: Each meal will be prepared daily and will vary, but items may include a Kimberley Steak and camp oven veggies, camp oven roast, Moroccan meat balls, a pasta dish or a vegetable stir-fry. After each meal, sweets and tea and coffee will also be available.

    Alcohol isn’t included in the ride price. You will need to purchase any alcohol you might want in Albury before heading out on your ride (please use cans where possible, wine bottles are fine). Your guides will keep it chilled in an esky for you.

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