Tour ID: 10011611
‘Man from Snowy River’ experience
• High country horse ride in the 'Man from Snowy River' country
• Quality overnight accommodation
• Authentic pioneer homestead experience
• Local gourmet cuisine
• Spectacular scenery and Australian wildlife
• Private guides
We supply all equipment including helmets, boots, oilskin coats, saddle bag and digital camera.
9:30 AM Mon
Self drive to Mansfield
Riding: Strong heeled boots, gloves, pantyhose (to help prevent leg rubbing)
Personal Requirements: Camera, Torch, Sunscreen, Insect repellant, Sun glasses, Toiletries, Book if you enjoy reading, as we do have time to relax
Bedding: We supply everything
Day 1: Arrive at 9.30am at our high country farming property that's been in the Watson family for manay generations. After saddling up, we set off on our 'Man from Snowy River' experience on horseback. We ride up to spectacular 360 degree views and along the way, watch out for wildlife that often takes a look at us,including kangaroos, wallabies and Australia's largest bird of flight, the wedge tail eagle. We stop at 'Dungeon Hut' for lunch enjoying a gourmet hamper and then in the afternoon we traverse the bridle tracks through quiet valleys and points of rich historical interest. We arrive at the celebrated 'Riverhouse at Howquadale' a magnificent country house hotel on the banks of the Howqua River. The 6 double rooms with ensuites all have beautiful views of the garden or countryside. Enjoy a relaxing hot shower before a riverside BBQ dinner inone of Victoria's prettiest valleys.
Day 2: Next morning we enjoy an early hearty country breakfast and start our journey up the majestic Howqua River along the high track towards “Stockyard Creek”. It is a challenging days riding with spectacular views over the river, tree fern gullies and long cantering sections. We stop for a pack lunch on the river bank surrounded by just mountains.
After lunch we ride through Wares Flat, Whisky Flat and Tobacco Flat and into Stockyard Creek to the Stoney families Pioneering Homestead. Here we are greeted with a cool drink and warm hospitaility by Wendy Jubb Stoney. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional Australian dinner at the homestead with all the trimmings and then retire to your room furnished with original pioneer relics and sun kissed sheets.
Day 3: A relaxing sleep in then an indulgent breakfast awaits. This is a day of relaxation where we explore the historic Howqua Hills area including ‘Picture Point’, ‘The Chinese Gold Diggings’, ‘Mad Professors Hut’, ‘Fred Frys Hut’ and ‘Tunnel Bend’. Tonights dinner is a special affair at “Greenstone” the Stoney family house where we will enjoy a 5 course degustation.
Day 4: Again an early rise and sumptuous breakfast. Today we return via the river track to the Riverhouse with long cantering flats and 68 river crossings. Lunch today is at the 'Hideout' with much memorabilia from the "Man from Snowy River" movie. Tonight we take a drive to the historic Kevington Hotel on the banks of the Goulburn river for dinner. This is one of the longest continually licensed hotels in Victoria dating back to the gold rush era.
Day 5: Next morning we enjoy a hearty country breakfast that gives you a big energy boost before we set off for “Kate Camerons Peak” where we see the perilously steep hill where the famous jump scene from the movie was filmed.
We wind our way back down to the farmhouse for lunch to complete our ride.
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