High Country horseriding in a remote part of Victoria
Packers horse rides operate out of the Bundarrah Valley, in the Omeo region, East Gippsland, Victoria. It's remote mountain high country, think man from Snowy River ,riding on narrow bush tracks alongside crystal,clear rivers and up and over mountains through eucalyptus forests. It's about getting out and seeing the countryside,the vegetation,wildlife and birds,trusting and enjoying your horse and the people you are riding with.
Helen has been operating these treks for 21 years,assisted by numerous,willing, enthusiastic staff who come back each season to lend a hand. Over the years she has got to know a very small section of the mountain ranges forming the Great Dividing Range, that run through NSW and Victoria.That small area gives an opportunity to do up to 5 days of riding offering a different trail every day.
Located at Anglers Rest, a good 5 1/2hr drive from Melbourn via Omeo, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Bairnsdale or Mitta Mitta.A place to get away from mobile phones!
There's a selection of all breeds of horses,from Australian stockhorses, Clydesdale crosses, brumby stock, mountain ponies, so a mount to suit all standards of riders.We have been breeding from "Captain", a solid buckskin friesan warmblood,whose progeny are quiet,even tempered,sure footed friesan sporthorsesWe use natural horesmanship methods in training the horses.
Riding for disabled riders can be arranged. As Helen has had a stroke she understands the needs for such riders, with a mounting But this needs to be well organised with us.
The hourly and day rides are taken at a pace to suit the rider and the terrain we travel over.
PRICES FOR THE SHORT RIDES
two hrs 120
half day 170
full day inc lunch 280
Supplied are current Australian Safety Standard 3838 helmets, oilskin coats and short riding chaps. We recommend riding boots, or closed shoes, and wearing of long sleeved, collared shirts for protection against sun and any bushes we might brush up against.
The short rides operate from October till end of May. Prices are per person.
MULTI DAY AND CAMPING TREKS
Whether it's a camping trip or a few days of comfortable rustic charm, multi day treks can be organised.
Multi day rides based at the farm head out in different directions each day. Riding tracks are through the bush following alongside clear mountain rivers, manouvering around granite boulders, looking over some stunning scenery. There's also open farmland in this hidden valley to quicken the pace for those who want to.
Camping treks of up to 5 days can be organised where we ride up onto the Bogong High Plains,part of the Alpine National Park.We leave the farm and travel up through forest of varying vegetation,candlebarks,peppermints,alpine ash and snowgum before coming out onto the grassy plains on the snow line.
Located at about 1600m,the Bogong High Plains are a large expanse of alpine grasses,herbs and woody shrubs,dotted with colourful wildflowers during the wildflower season.Seeing brumbies up close, visiting a hidden waterfall, having lunch at one of the old cattlemans huts, sitting around a campfire under a starry night.
Conditions in Alpine areas are variable so you do get hot, cold, tired, dirty and ride over uneven, sometimes steep terrain, put up with flies whist seeing some amazing scenery and travelling through an ever changing landscape. On a clear day you can see forever, across the plains towards the Mt.'s Feathertop, Bogong, Fainters, Niggerheads, Cope and Jim and way into the distant ridge lines of the NSW Alps . Snowfalls do fall unexpectedly in summer months,adding a bit of extra interest to the ride, so pack a warm jumper/fleece and gloves.
Camping treks can be tailormade to suit goups so please ask about dates that suit you. It is also possible to add on extra days.The longer treks are on offer from the 1st December till the 30th April of each year due to seasonal Parks permits.
PRICES FOR MULTI DAY RIDING TREKS
2 days and 3 nights 880
3 days and 4 nights 1440
4 days and 5 nights 1800
5 days and 6 nights 2200
Rides all start and finish at The Willows, Anglers Rest. Twin share , double or single accommodation is included prior to and after the ride. All meals are supplied from the night before ride departs until after breakfast on the day of onward travel. Prices include GST.
The Willows Bush Ride Indulgence
"ride,wine and dine the high country"
This package consists of 2 nights accommodation/gourmet bush meals/ one day of riding.
On arrival at The Willows, you can settle in before dinner,maybe a walk around the horses,sit on the deck taking in views with glass in hand.Accommodation is in the farmhouse or a hut if you prefer. .
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before selecting horses and riding out. Tracks weave through bush, up and over hills and mountains, along rivers and out to a secret viewing platform overlooking the Mitta River.Lunch will be out bush and then perhaps a later stop at The Blue Duck Inn (a local watering hole,need to take a few dollars for a sip) before heading back home. After a good day out there's often a camp oven dinner around a camp fire under the stars.Otherwise we dine inside and watch the weather through the walls of glass.
$500per person all inclusive.
Horsereks, run by Roderick and Alida Woodland, operates out of Diggers Rest station, just south of Wyndham. Short rides from an hour to a day are a great snapshot of the Kimberley.Camping facilities are available at Diggers Rest for those travelling through.
Extended horse treks of five to seven days, camping out, are on offer from May till late August during the dry season.And it's where I go to escape the cold and ride in some amazing country.
Treks follow river systems and old stock routes passing by towering sandstone escarpements. It's a vast landscape, of ancient red soils, boab trees, aboriginal rock art, hidden gorges, big river systems and unbelievable night skies.
In addition to horse trekking, the station offers different levels of accommodation, meals, trail rides,fishing and bushwalking.
More information and ride schedules can be found by contacting Diggers Rest on 08 91611029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes children are allowed to ride. All children under the age of 10 must be on a lead unless they can trot or canter independently. Bookings are essential and children only taken if the appropriate number of guides are available.
- All rides are guided by suitably qualified guides
- First aid and mobile communications carried
- Riders are asked to sign disclaimer forms before riding. Riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them
- As rides go into remote areas a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, particularly for longer horserides
- Weather in Alpine areas can change suddenly at any time of the year so be prepared for all seasons.
- We reserve the right to change itineraries or to cancel rides to ensure safety and comfort for riders and horses.
- We reserve the right to refuse permission to ride if rider is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- 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.