Ride Overview - Snowy River Heritage Trails
An incredible horseback riding vacation in southern Australia! Your trails will traverse the High Country, home to the legendary cattlemen immortalized by the movie, The Man from Snowy River. You will ride past cattlemen’s historic huts which are only accessible by horse. Mingle with the locals who have lived for many generation in the high country. The scenery is spectacular with views of rivers, tree fern gullies and mountains. Your trail is challenging with over fifty river crossings and long canters. This is a progressive ride which features lodging in a country B & B and pioneer homestead.
My wife and I enjoyed the ride up to the Snowy River jump scene. We enjoyed the scenic views along with spotting some deer and kangaroo along the way. Michael was very knowledgable and both of us enjoyed hearing about the history of the area during the ride. Only downside was the amount of flies, which I think was due to all of the rain and low wind. Definitely would go again! J.M.
Ride Itinerary - Snowy River Heritage Trails
Day 1: Pre-Ride
Arrive in the Melbourne Airport for a 3 hour drive transfer to a pre-ride hotel in Mansfield.
At 9:30 AM, transfer to the high country farming property that’s been in the family for many generations. After saddling up, you will set off for the “Man from Snowy River” experience. You will ride up to spectacular 360 degree views. Along the way, watch out for kangaroos, wallabies and the wedge tail eagle which often takes a look at you! Your group will stop at Dungeon Hut for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, your bridle tracks traverse through quiet valleys and points of rich historical interest. Finally, you will arrive at the celebrated Riverhouse at Howqua Dale, a magnificent country house hotel on the banks of the Howqua River. The 6 double ensuite rooms all have beautiful views of the garden or countryside. Enjoy a relaxing hot shower before a riverside BBQ dinner in one of Victoria’s prettiest valleys.
Next morning, after a hearty country breakfast, you will mount up to ride up the high track to the majestic Howqua River and Stockyard Creek. It is a challenging riding day with spectacular views over the river, tree fern gullies and long cantering sections. Your group will stop for a pack lunch on the river bank nestled under the mountains. After lunch, you will ride through Wares Flat, Whisky Flat and Tobacco Flat and into Stockyard Creek. You will spend the night at the Stoney Families’ Pioneering Homestead. Here you will be greeted with a cool drink and warm hospitality 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.
A relaxing sleep in then an indulgent breakfast awaits. This is a day of relaxation where you will explore the historic Howqua Hills area including the Lookout, the Chinese Gold Diggings, Professors Hut, Fred Frys Hut and Tunnel Bend. Tonight’s dinner is a special affair at Greenstone, the Stoney family house, where you will enjoy an eight course degustation.
After a cooked breakfast, you will return via the river track to the riverhouse with long cantering flats and sixty four river crossings. Lunch today is at the Hideout with much memorabilia from the “Man from Snowy River” movie. Tonight, you will 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.
Next morning, you will enjoy a hearty country breakfast that gives you a big energy boost before you set off for Kate Camerons Peak where you will see the perilously steep hill where the famous jump scene from the movie was filmed. Your group will wind their way back down to the farmhouse for lunch to complete your ride. Ride finishes around 2:30 PM. You may have to stay in a post ride Melbourne hotel.
Ride Details - Snowy River Heritage Trails
February 8th – 12th, March 15th – 19th, April 19th – 23rd, October 25th – 29th
Length of ride: 5 days
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 5
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country, river crossings, mountain trails
Horse: Australian Stock, Quarter horse, Arab, Thoroughbred
Group size: 10 – 12
Weight Restriction: 240 lbs/110 kgs
Saddles: Australian stock
Hotel/s: 2 nights – 3*** private house with 6 rooms ensuite, 2 nights – pioneer homestead with share bathrooms and 5 rooms. All beds use linens. No power, hot water from special fireplace system
PRICE:$1,870.00 per person, double occupancy $510.00 single occupancy
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/AUD exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 4 nights accommodations, 5 days guided trail rides, all meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from the airport
Not included: airfare, pre- or post ride hotel
ANNUAL TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL:
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 74.2°F (23.4°C) and 59°F (15°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Victoria, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 71°F (21.7°C) and 61°F (16.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 5 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Victoria to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 76.9°F (24.9°C) and 70.6°F (21.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a small amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.
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