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Mountain Country Trail Rides

North East Victoria, Australia

Travel the adventurous trails of the early Aussie explorers through a land of cattlemen history and heritage. Explore rugged country, rainforests and majestic rivers. Experience fine food and wine on your travels, on an adventure with a touch of luxury.

At a Glance

  • A unique horse riding experience through some of Australia's most stunning rural landscapes

  • Encounter indigenous bird life - kookaburras, cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, wedge tailed eagles and unique animals , from possums and kangaroos to wombats and wallabies

  • Peppermint gums line the rivers and air is thick with the smell of Eucalyptus

  • Rural, rustic accommodation awaits, alongside delicious home cooked cuisine

  • You will be matched with your perfect mount, based on your own experience and ability

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Description

High Country heritage, magnificent horses and warm country hospitality make these trail rides one of Victoria's most enduring adventure experiences. Ride a horse as true pioneers did in the 18th century, and get a taste of the frontier lifestyle from yesteryear.

Michael Watson's family have lived on their 730 acre farm adjoining the High Country for 50 years, and he's the second generation to saddle up the horses and explore the lands of the 'Man from Snowy River'. Mike Watson is a consummate horseman, with over 60 stunning horses on their station. He is so passionate about the area and the Snowy River legend that he keeps clips of Kirk Douglas's riding sequences on his iPod.

The legendary ‘Man from Snowy River’ was Jack Riley, a cattleman who rode the High Country and inspired the celebrated poem by Banjo Paterson. This led to two movies, both filmed in this stunning region of forests, creeks and mountains.

The 2-day Luxury Horse Ride and the 5-day 'Man from Snowy River' & Heritage Ride through ‘Man from Snowy River’ country takes you right to the perilously steep hill where the nail-biting jump scene was filmed for the movie. Simple yet comfortable country-style accommodation await, alongside local and seasonal cuisine. Expert guides accompany you all the way, providing insights and history of this remarkable country. Wildlife abounds, with kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and the huge wedge tail eagle, Australia’s largest flying bird.

The horses are selected to suit the rider’s skill and level of experience for your complete riding enjoyment.

For the ultimate equestrian experience, try the 5-day High Country Cattle Drive, accompanied by Charlie Lovick, a fifth generation high country cattleman who was Master of Horses for both the 'Man from Snowy River' movies. Long days in the saddle await, along with plenty of local yarns and folklore, with hearty country food.

Accommodation

Simple yet comfortable country huts and homesteads

Facilities

Tasty and filling home-style food is served on the rides, incorporating local and seasonal ingredients and typical Aussie fare.

Location & Directions

North East Victoria, Australia

Mountain Country Trail Rides are located at the foot of the Victorian High Country in the town of Mansfield, approximately 20-minutes drive from Mansfield.

When to go

Victoria enjoys a temperate climate with warm summers, balmy and mild spring and autumn and cool winters. The main summer season is from December-February and the quietest time of the year is the Aussie winter June-August.

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