High Country horseriding in a remote part of Victoria
If you dream of switching off your mobile phone, saddling up and heading out into the High Country for a horse riding adventure then you've come to the right place. Located in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Bundara Valley, within the Omeo Region of the High Country, experienced horsewoman Helen Packer has been running trail rides in this part of the Great Dividing Range for nearly 30 years.
Helen's extensive local knowledge means that we can offer rides from a couple of hours up to 5 days on a different trail every day. Whether you are beginner or experienced rider, all of our horse rides are about exploring the eucalypt forests, crystal clear rivers, mountain passes and local wildlife of the region on our kind and sure-footed horses.
We have around 75 horses on our mountain property and use natural horsemanship methods to build trust with and train our horses. We have a range of breeds, and in recent years we've been breeding from ‘Captain Moonlight' — a solid, mild-mannered Friesian Warmblood stallion. And his descendants are even-tempered, big-hearted horses whose personalities we know inside out. So, whether you're a novice or an experienced rider, we'll find a horse that will take good care of you.
Our rides are led by seasoned guides and will be taken at the pace of the least experienced rider in the group. We would encourage accomplished riders seeking more challenging rides to let us know well in advance so we can accommodate your needs.
We can cater for disabled riders. As a stroke survivor, Helen Packer understands the needs of riders with additional needs and can organise horses and rides accordingly. However, we need adequate notice and would encourage you to phone well in advance of your planned visit.
Children are welcome to ride. Children under ten must be on a lead unless they can trot or canter independently. Bookings are essential to ensure we have the appropriate number of guides required to take children.
Per person prices for our short rides (Incl. GST)
Full-day incl lunch $280
If you want to spend days on end in the saddle and nights tucked up in a comfy bed, then our multi-day rides could be just the ticket. Staying at The Willows, our rustic homestead, you'll spend days weaving your way through the bush on numerous High Country trails, spotting local wildlife and cantering (only if you want to) across open farm land, before returning to a hot shower and a delicious home-cooked meal at The Willows.
The surrounding scenery on our multi-day rides is truly breathtaking. However, the terrain can be challenging and conditions in the Alpine areas we operate in can change quickly, so you should be prepared for all seasons. These rides can also be quite physically challenging, so we recommend that you have a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure if you want to get the most from them.
Per person prices for multi-day rides (Incl. GST)
2 days and 2 nights $700
2 days and 3 nights $880
3 days and 4 nights $1440
4 days and 5 nights $1800
Our multi-day rides start and finish at our main homestead — The Willows, 322 Callaghans Road, Anglers Rest, Victoria. Prices include double, twin-share or single accommodation and all meals from the night before the first ride until breakfast of departure day.
Our rides run from September to mid-June each year due to seasonal conditions. For more information and bookings, please contact us on: (03) 5159 7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- We supply current Australian Safety Standard 3838 helmets for our rides. These must be worn by all riders. If you don't wear a helmet you don't ride.
- All rides are led by suitably qualified guides.
- First aid and mobile communications are carried on our rides.
- Weather in Alpine areas can change suddenly at any time of the year so be prepared for all seasons. We encourage you to bring your own waterproof gear but can supply oilskin coats for rainy conditions if needed.
- To protect you from the elements and to ensure your comfort, we recommend wearing riding boots or closed toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeved collared shirts. We can provide short riding chaps if needed.
- As rides go into remote areas a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, particularly for longer horse rides.
- We reserve the right to change itineraries or to cancel rides to ensure the safety and comfort of riders and horses.
- We reserve the right to refuse permission to ride if a rider is drug or alcohol affected.
- Riders are asked to sign disclaimer forms before riding. Riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them.
- It is strongly recommended that you have ambulance cover and appropriate insurance.
- Be aware that you are participating in a high-risk adventure activity and that you are taking responsibility for your own decisions and actions.
Rides in The Kimberley
Helen travels each year to Diggers Rest Station in The Kimberley to escape Victoria's winter. Run by Roderick and Alida Woodland, Diggers Rest Station is a cattle station offering horse riding, station accommodation, fishing, and bush camping in one of Australia's most awe-inspiring regions.
Diggers Rest Station offer short rides or multi-day adventures that involves trekking through old river systems and stock routes, admiring indigenous art, marveling at ancient boab trees and hidden gorges, and camping out under a billion stars. This is a timeworn land of eye-watering beauty, red dust and big skies — and trust us, a stay at Diggers Rest Station is an experience guaranteed to live in your memories forever.
More information and ride schedules can be found by contacting Diggers Rest Station on: (08) 91611029 or email@example.com