The Snowy River Ride, Australia - Horse Riding Holidays and Safaris

The Snowy River Ride, Australia

7 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $4,950 AUD

This six-day equestrian adventure is a dream come true for lovers of ‘The Man from Snowy River’, with all the river crossings, mountain summits, rocky scrambles, sweeping vistas and campfire yarns you could ask for.

This six-day equestrian adventure is a dream come true for lovers of ‘The Man from Snowy River’, with all the river crossings, mountain summits, rocky scrambles, sweeping vistas and campfire yarns you could ask for.

The Snowy River and her untamed alpine peaks have a mystique and majesty that is truly intoxicating. Originally brought to life by Australia’s most famous bush poet, Banjo Patterson, there is something deeply romantic about the High Country; each mountain, each river crossing, each track, has a story to tell.

There is truly no better way to explore this region than from the back of a plucky mountain pony. This point-to-point ride showcases a stunning array of scenery, and your horse’s agility on the often narrow, rocky trails will astound you.

At the helm of this intrepid expedition are husband and wife Jayd Wieland and Jane Forke, whose combined knowledge and experience crafting and guiding equestrian, hiking and rafting adventures is unparalleled.

Bookended by cosy lodge accommodation, the four nights of camping promise to tap you into nature’s rhythms as you tap out of the 21st-century bustle.

You certainly won’t go hungry, either – the country cooking is flavoursome and plentiful. Some of the trademark dishes that will appear magically from the well-equipped camp kitchen include roasts with local meat, beef and guinness stew, vegetable stir fry, and of course barbeques!

This ride is a rite of passage for every globetrotter who has dreamed of riding in the High Country.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Pure and crossbred Australian Stock Horses and Quarter Horses.
  • Pace:Due to the often-challenging terrain, you’ll mostly ride at a walk, but each day includes chances to trot and canter. At times, you’ll need to dismount and lead your horse on foot across steep or difficult terrain, so fitness is important.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 100kg /220lbs.
  • Type of tack:Australian stock saddles and split- rein bridles.
  • Seasons:November through to March.
  • Group size:A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 4 to 6 hours per day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for beginner to advanced riders.
    *If you are a beginner rider, you must be confident, have an adventurous spirit, and be comfortable riding at a walk, a posting/rising trot, and willing to try cantering.
     Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:On the first and last nights of this ride, you’ll stay in lodge style accommodation. For the rest of the trip, you’ll be camping enjoying your own four-season lightweight tents in alpine areas, heavy canvas tents in lower areas, and a lightweight camping option on the banks of the Snowy River for one night.
  • Ride Length:7 days, 7 nights (5 riding days).
  • Inclusions:

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

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transport to and from the starting point of the ride.

 

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*OPTIONAL RAFTING ADD-ON

Our ride partners can also take you on a four-day whitewater rafting trip along the rapids of the Snowy River (with two travel days, total of 6x extra days). This is an optional add-on at the end of your Snowy River Ride and costs an additional $2160 AUD per person including camping, food, guides and equipment. Please contact Globetrotting for more information.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

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

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), or transport to and from the starting point of the ride.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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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

    Today’s the day, globetrotters – your Snowy River Ride is about to begin! You’ll need to arrive at tonight’s accommodation, Karoonda Park in Gelantipy, between 3 and 6pm. Here you’ll meet your guides and fellow guests, and settle into your private room, before tucking into a shared dinner.

  • Day 2

    This morning begins with the first of many heavenly breakfasts. Over the course of the trip, you’ll be treated to such delights as fresh fruit salad, chia pudding, eggs and bacon, smoked salmon bagels, sourdough bread and granola. When everyone’s had their fill, you’ll be driven to the trailhead to meet the fine, fit horses who will carry you for the next five days, and head out for a scenic test ride. This is your chance to get to know your horse, and familiarise yourself with the tack and riding style the horses are used to.

    Back at the trailhead, you’ll enjoy a cuppa and a few tasty, homemade morsels before jumping into the four-wheel-drives and following the horse trucks to Native Dog Flat. Nestled among boulders, eucalypts and bottlebrush, with kangaroos and wallabies hopping to and fro, this is your base for the next two nights. The horses will be unloaded and have a rest while your guides whip up lunch. Loosen your belt buckles, globetrotters – these guys go all out with the catering!

    The afternoon ride is a loop from Native Dog Flat along Brumby tracks that weave through groves of ghostly snow gums crowning hills and vying for space between speckled boulders. Returning to camp, you’ll find your tents set up and a crackling fire beckoning.

  • Day 3

    Waking up bright and early, you’ll warm up over coffee and breakfast, then pack your bags and get ready to ride. The aim of today’s trek is to ride to and from the summit of the oddly-named Mount Cobberas No. 1. Standing 1,834 metres high, this peak is crowned by a jumble of ancient rocks. Leaving your horses tethered on the slope, you’ll scramble up in pursuit of the sweeping view from the summit, which stretches from the Cobberas down to the Snowy River and even, far in the distance, the peaks of Kosciuszko National Park.

    After lunch on the mountain courtesy of the trusty packhorse, you’ll ride back along a narrow ridge and densely forested slopes, eventually re-emerging at Native Dog Flat in the late afternoon. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a camp shower before digging into dinner while the horses, kangaroos and wallabies all graze nearby.

  • Day 4

    After a cosy night in your safari tent, and hopefully a sleep-in, you and the horses will savour a relaxed morning at camp. Everyone has earned a rest after yesterday’s trek up and down the Cobberas! Your guides will take you to Wulgulmerang Recreation Reserve for some horsemanship lessons tailored to your interests, a 4WD excursion and a short walk to ‘Hanging Rock’ on Worlds End Spur. This lookout offers remarkable views across the Alps, including the area where you’ll be riding tomorrow.

  • Day 5

    This morning you’ll warm up over coffee and another delicious breakfast, then pack your bags and get ready for a transfer via the historic ghost town of Suggan Buggan. Back in the saddle, today is one for the history buffs: you’ll ride along the famous Ingeegoodbee Track, which predates European settlement by untold centuries! During the colonial era, this track was the first gateway into Victoria for those who built the first settlements and, later, for drovers moving cattle from Monaro to East Gippsland. Currently also used as a vehicle track, there will be chances to spread out and enjoy a canter as you climb towards a clearing now used as a helipad. If the weather is fine, you’ll have lunch here, looking out over the Alps.

    In the afternoon, you’ll descend along Lighthouse Ridge, then across to another ridge near the windswept slopes of Middle Mountain, where you’ll find canvas teepee tents, a camp shower, and a hot meal cooking on the coals.

  • Day 6

    Today your guides will lead the horseback climb up Middle Mountain, which rewards your efforts with its glorious panoramic outlook across the Snowy River and beyond. While you snap some photos to share back home, your guides will serve scrumptious baked goodies for morning tea.

    The remainder of the day’s riding is a gradual descent through gnarled, wind-sculpted native pine forests that eventually leads to a beautiful, serene campsite on the banks of the Snowy River. There will be enough daylight left to take a swim, if you’re feeling brave, or explore your surrounds on foot while the team takes care of the horses and rustles up another moreish meal.

  • Day 7

    It’s your last day in the saddle, boo! But don’t worry, globetrotters, it’s a day to remember: following Brumby tracks, you’ll ride up and over Mount Phillips – some of the steepest and most thrilling riding of the whole trip. Keeping an eye on the often-rocky trail your horse deftly navigates, you’ll spot delicate, vibrant wildflowers blooming between the roots of native pines. Then, looking up as you reach the summit, you’ll be greeted by another glorious view over the land you’ve traversed in the past few days.

    The journey ends at Willis campground, where you’ll bid a fond farewell to the horse who has carried you all this way. Then you’ll be driven back to Karoonda Park for a celebratory dinner and a well-earned rest.

  • Final Morning

    After one last delicious breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, crew and fellow guests, and head for home.

    *Those staying on for the optional rafting trip will make their way to the nearby Siba Retreat Centre for a relaxing, fully-catered day off. Should you wish to continue exploring, there are plenty of scenic drives and walks nearby.

  • Optional Rafting Trip

    Our ride partners can also take you on a whitewater rafting trip along the rapids of the Snowy River, through Tulloch Ard Gorge. This is an optional add-on at the end of your Snowy River Ride and includes two travel days and four rafting days. Starting on Sunday and finishing on Friday, the rafting trip costs an additional $2,160 AUD pp including camping, food, equipment and experienced professional whitewater guides. Rafting trips welcome a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 13 guests.

    Please contact Globetrotting for more information.

  • Transfer Information

    Transfers are NOT included in the ride price. We recommend flying into Melbourne or Albury and hiring a car (approx. 5 to 5.5 hours’ drive, respectively), or self-driving if you live in Victoria or southern New South Wales. Globetrotting can help connect you with another guest booked on the same departure if you’d like to share the drive.

    Alternatively, you can catch a train from Melbourne to Bairnsdale, where your hosts can collect you between 1:30 and 2pm. The cost is $100 per person, round trip, to be paid direct via cash or card.

    On day 1, please aim to arrive at Karoonda Park (3855 Gelantipy Road, Gelantipy, VIC) between 3 and 6pm.

    The ride will finish after breakfast on the final day, after which you’re free to depart. Should you wish to catch a flight home today, please ensure it departs after 5pm.

The Snowy River Ride, Victoria, Australia, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Michelle Grummisch

‘Amazing riding, views, leadership, and food – even the trifle without custard, IYKYK. I couldn’t have been happier with the guides. Their support, knowledge, awesome stories, games, help, food, and even singing were real standouts. Every day was my favourite; the views all outdid themselves! The camaraderie and the support between the riders was awesome. The sum achievement of getting around the ride was pretty epic, as was Rick’s singing at the campfire on the Snowy River. I rode Lara; I was expecting the plodder at the back, but that’s not quite what happened – it took a couple of days to figure each other out, but I would have taken her home in a heartbeat!’

The Snowy River Ride, Victoria, Australia, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Lesa Elliott

‘Every day was an amazing experience! The guides were very knowledgeable about the environment. Nothing was a problem, and they were always happy to help. Their hospitality was great. I rode Volcan, a lovely-natured horse that was a pleasure to ride. I would definitely recommend this ride!’

The Snowy River Ride, Victoria, Australia, Globetrotting Horse Rising Holidays

Peter Roebuck

‘These “Good Buggers” are capable, caring, honest and real good company. Our guides were excellent in all respects, and Paul’s renditions of Slim Dusty with his 12-string guitar were a stand-out. Getting to ride our guide Jane’s horse Epic was a real bonus. He had only recently retired from competition cowhorse events and was well schooled, with all the buttons. I would definitely recommend this ride.’

The Snowy River Ride, Australia, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Grace Pitts

“I had an amazing time on this ride! It was the perfect way to experience and learn about Australia, and it truly felt like the quintessential Australian adventure. I enjoyed every moment, both on and off the horse. The ride was not just about horseback riding, but also about learning horsemanship, horse training, bush safety, and pushing your own limits. I also want to mention the quality, quantity, and care that was put into the food provided during the ride, everything was delectable.”

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