High Country Horses
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2 Hour and Half Day Rides

Please note that these rides are subject to our availability as we are frequently away in the mountains.
Bookings should be made via phone 03 5777 5590  Age and weight restrictions apply.

Leaving from Merrijig Lodge, with a horse matched to your ability, if you are an inexperienced rider, we teach you how to trot and canter (there is always plenty of staff to help) or you can just walk along and enjoy the view.

Upon entering the forest you wind your way down to the Buttercup Creek through the Peppermint Gums and Candle Barks, you may observe a wallaby dash off through the bush or catch a glimpse of the elusive deer.

As we cross the creek your horse navigates its way over the stoney rock floor. Once out of the stream you are on the open plain of the Deadwood forest with its gentle upward slope to the highest point.

Now the fun really begins. Your decision, to join the group who want a leisurely walk, or the buzz of a canter to the top.

At the top, while your horse takes a well-earned rest and you catch your breath, you see the mountains of the high country made famous in the film 'Man from Snowy River II' staring down on you, Buller, Stirling, Mt No. 3, the Pinnacle, Razorback, this is the real high country

It now a leisurely walk back. As you enter the gate to the homestead it seems time has slipped away, you have experienced "the Man from Snowy River" country.

As you walk away you can hear yourself say, "Maybe we should do the weekend ride next time".
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Craig's Hut Day Rides

We depart from Merrijig Lodge traveling by vehicle to half way up Mt Stirling (Telephone Box Junction) where you will leave your car for the day.  From here we ride out through the majestic Alpine Ash bush into the marked contrast of the twisted, multi-coloured Snow Gums, up over the summit of Mt Stirling and on to Craig's Hut where we enjoy the magnificent views over lunch and take some time to explore the hut.  After lunch it's back on our trusty steeds as we head down to Razorback Hut.  After unsaddling and washing the horses you are transferred back to your vehicle for your journey home.

Please note:  We do schedule some day rides but we can run additional day rides in conjunction with our 2 day rides.  Day riders accompany the 2 day riders on the first day of the ride and are then transported back to their vehicles after the ride reached camp in the late afternoon.
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Craig's Hut, Razorback Ride  2 days/1 night

Day 1 - Ride out from Telephone Box Junction through the majestic Alpine bush headed for the infamous Craig's Hut. Along the way we stop to take in the breathtaking views. On arrival at Craig's Hut our support team have lunch ready and waiting for us, always a welcome sight after a good mornings ride! After lunch and a chance to explore the Hut and take some photos, we're back on our horses and headed back to camp for the night where the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibblies are waiting. After a hearty meal we settle down to relax around the fire and enjoy the evening. into the marked contrast of the twisted, multi-coloured Snow Gums, up over the Summit of Mt Stirling wherw we enjoy the magnificent views over lunch.  After lunch we trek down to our camp at Razorback where the support crew has camp setup and the billy on the boil.  After a hearty meal we settle in for the evening and relax around the campfire.

Day 2 - After a filling bush breakfast we say good bye to Razorback as we ride out to Mt No 3.  From here we descend from the Snow Gums down through the Woolly Butts into the fern filled gullies where we stop for a well earned lunch break.  After lunch it's back on our horses for the last leg of our journey following the ridge that dissects the Delatite River and the Buttercup Creek.  As we near the end, we pause on a hill top and look back in amazement across the wondrous mountains that we have traversed during the last 2 days.

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Craig's Hut, Delatite River Ride 3 days/2 nights

Day 1 - We travel by vehicle to Mirimbah at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling. From here we ride out through the head waters of the Delatite River crossing the river 15 times as we follow the river spur to the top of Mt Stirling, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash soaring up to reach the sun whilst shadowing the lush tree ferns on the forest floor below. After lunch we continue up the river spur where the Ash give way to the gnarled Snow Gums and we can look across and see part of Mt Buller Resort off in the distance before we pay homage to the single snow gum that lives a lonely existence on the alpine meadows of the summit of Mt Stirling. From here we make our way to our base camp at Razorback. The place we will call home for the next 2 nights.

Day 2 - After a hearty breakfast, we take the time to have a bit of a stretch to get those muscles working before we mount up for our trip to the infamous Craig's Hut. Along the way we stop to take in the breathtaking views. On arrival at Craig's Hut our support team have lunch ready and waiting for us, always a welcome sight after a good mornings ride! After lunch and a chance to explore the Hut and take some photos, we're back on our horses and headed back to camp for the night where the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibbles are waiting. After a hearty meal we settle down to relax around the fire and enjoy the evening.

Day 3 - We ride out to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridge line of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we descend from the Snow Gums down through the Woolly Butts (the tallest trees in the world) to the fern gullies where we stop for a well-earned lunch break. After lunch it's back on our horses for the ride back to Merrijig following the ridge that dissects the Delatite River and Buttercup Creek.As we approach the end of our adventure, we pause on a hilltop to look back in amazement across the wondrous mountains that we have traversed during the last 2 days, before making our final descent down to our starting point at Merrijig Lodge.
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Craig's Hut Four Day Rides  4 days/3 nights

Day 1 - We travel by vehicle to Mirimbah at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling. From here we ride out through the head waters of the Delatite River crossing the river 15 times as we follow the river spur to the top of Mt Stirling, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash soaring up to reach the sun whilst shadowing the lush tree ferns on the forest floor below. After lunch we continue up the river spur where the Ash give way to the gnarled Snow Gums and we can look across and see part of Mt Buller Resort off in the distance before we pay homage to the single snow gum that lives a lonely existence on the alpine meadows of the summit of Mt Stirling. From here we make our way to our base camp at Razorback. 

Day 2 - After a hearty breakfast, we take the time to have a bit of a stretch to get those muscles working before we mount up for our trip to the infamous Craig's Hut. Along the way we stop to take in the breathtaking views. On arrival at Craig's Hut our support team have lunch ready and waiting for us, always a welcome sight after a good mornings ride! After lunch and a chance to explore the Hut and take some photos, we're back on our horses and headed back to our next camp down in the beautiful King Valley where the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibbles are waiting. 

Day 3 - We ride up out of the valley on to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridge line of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we enjoy a relaxing ride back to our camp at Razorback.

Day 4 - We ride out to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridge line of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we descend from the Snow Gums down through the Woolly Butts (the tallest trees in the world) to the fern gullies where we stop for a well-earned lunch break. After lunch it's back on our horses for the ride back to Merrijig following the ridge that dissects the Delatite River and Buttercup Creek.As we approach the end of our adventure, we pause on a hilltop to look back in amazement across the wondrous mountains that we have traversed during the last 2 days, before making our final descent down to our starting point at Merrijig Lodge.

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Three Rivers Ride

5 days/4 nights

Day 1 - Departing from Mirimbah, we head out on our trusty steeds, up the Delatite River crossing the river 15 times and providing some cooling relief on a hot summer’s day. We travel amongst the towering Mountain Ash and luscious tree ferns then making our way up the river spur through the Alpine Ash to the gnarled Snow Gums and alpine meadows on the summit of Mt Stirling before making our way to our base camp at Razorback.

Day 2 - After a hearty breakfast, we take the time to have a bit of a stretch to get those muscles working before we mount up for our trip to the infamous Craig's Hut. Along the way we stop to take in the breathtaking views. On arrival at Craig's Hut our support team have lunch ready and waiting for us, always a welcome sight after a good mornings ride! After lunch and a chance to explore the Hut and take some photos, we're back on our horses and headed back to our next camp down in the beautiful King Valley where the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibbles are waiting.

Day 3 - We ride up out of the valley on to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridge line of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we enjoy a relaxing ride back to our camp at Razorback.

Day 4 - We skirt around the side of Mt Stirling towards Mt Buller to enjoy a quick lunch at the peaceful Howqua Gap, then down the little used Corn Hill logging track to Pikes Flat, our camp for the evening where we can enjoy the tranquility of the bush while listening to the peaceful waters of the river.  As usual our supply vehicle already has the campfire roaring and dinner underway. After a hearty meal, we settle down to relax around the fire and enjoy the evening.

Day 5 - We ride out, following the river  with numerous crossings and plenty of opportunity to jump suitable logs for those capable. We visit Tunnel Bend, a piece of history from the Chinese involvement in mining gold in the Howqua Valley before meeting up with the supply vehicle for lunch. After lunch, still following the river, we ride over to take a look at historic Frye’s Hut  before trucking the horses and riders home from Sheepyard Flat.
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Best of the Best            5 days/4 nights

 

Day 1 - Departing from Eight Mile Gap, we head out on our trusty steeds with the majestic Bluff overhead.  We wind our way up the mountainous tracks through the beautiful alpine flora until we arrive at Bluff Hut where lunch awaits us.  We relax and take a moment to take in the spectacular views before remounting and heading past Mt Lovick on to Lovick's Hut, where will camp for the evening enjoying the tranquility of the bush.

Day 2 - The next day, after a hearty breakfast, we take the time to have a bit of a stretch to get those muscles working before we mount up and head off.  it's not long before the whole range opens up before us and we can see the magnificent Mt Magdala.  As we follow the contour track around the side of Magdala your adrenaline rises  and we take in the breathtaking views.  Now its time to stop and enjoy our lunch amongst the gums just below the summit of Mt Howitt.   After giving our horses a drink from the rock pools, we head for Gantner Hut at the beautiful McAllister Springs.  Time for a toilet stop at a very unusual toilet with the best views in the alps!  On wards across the Howitt High Plains to our camp for the next 2 nights at Howitt Hut and hope the legendary ghost of Harry Bamford doesn't pay us a visit!  On arrival the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibbles are waiting.

Day 3 - After a bush breakfast, we ride up out for the day to Guy's Hut.  After lunch we take in the splendor of Bryce's Gorge and the Conglomerate Falls, one of the best kept secrets in the high country.  We then enjoy a relaxing ride back to our camp at Howitt's Hut.

Day 4 - We are homeward bound.  Back over Mt Howitt to the infamous Howitt Spur, a short but very steep and rocky descent   We dismount our horses and walk down the spur and once safely down the horses follow down carefull picking their way to the bottom of the spur ready for us to remount for the rest of our journey.   From here we make our way to Pikes Flat where we spend a restful night camped beside the beautiful Howqua River.

Day 5 - After breakfast we ride out, following the river  with numerous crossings and plenty of opportunity to jump suitable logs for those capable. Our destination, Tunnel Bend, a piece of history from the Chinese involvement in mining gold in the Howqua Valley and the end of our adventure.  From here we truck the horses and bus the riders home
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The Best of Craig's Hut 5 days/4 nights

 

Day 1 - Departing from Sheepyard Flat, we head out on our trusty steeds, up the Howqua River crossing the river many times and providing some cooling relief on a hot summer’s day. We travel amongst the towering Mountain Ash and luscious tree ferns then making our way to Seven Mile where we stop to relax and enjoy some lunch.  From here we head off to Pikes Flat where our support crew has camp set up for us and there is time for a dip in the river before settling in for the night.

Day 2 - The next day, after a hearty breakfast, we take the time to have a bit of a stretch to get those muscles working before we mount up for our trip to the infamous Craig's Hut. Along the way we stop to take in the breathtaking views. On the way we meet up with our support team who have lunch ready and waiting for us, always a welcome sight after a good mornings ride! After lunch it's onwards and upwards as we make our way to Craig's Hut and a chance to explore the Hut and take some photos, we're back on our horses and headed not to far away to our camp for the evening just below Craig's Hut.

ay 3 - After a bush breakfast, we mount up and make our way down in to the beautiful King Valley.  We stop in at the picturesque Pineapple Flat for a bite of lunch and maybe a dip in the King River.  After lunch we continue on our way to the secluded Panican Creek  where the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibblies are waiting. we ride up out of the valley on to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridgeline of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we enjoy a relaxing ride back to our camp at Razorback.

Day 4 - The fourth day we  ride up out of the valley on to Mountain Number 3 over the rugged ridgeline of Razorback past the Pinnacle and Number 3 Refuge Hut. From here we enjoy a relaxing ride back to our camp at Razorback. As usual our supply vehicle already has the campfire roaring and dinner underway. After a hearty meal, we settle down to relax around the fire and enjoy the evening.

Day 5 - On the final day, after breakfast we ride out, out through the head waters of the Delatite River crossing the river 15 times as we follow the river spur down to Mirimbah at the base of Mt Stirling and Mt Buller.  Surrounded by towering Mountain Ash soaring up to reach the sun whilst shadowing the lush tree ferns on the forest floor below. After lunch we continue on to Carters Road where our adventure ends. 
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Wonnangatta                 7 days/6 nights

Day 1 - Departing from Eight Mile Gap, we head out on our trusty steeds with the majestic Bluff overhead.  We wind our way up the mountainous tracks through the beautiful alpine flora until we arrive at Bluff Hut where lunch awaits us.  We relax and take a moment to take in the spectacular views before remounting and heading past Mt Lovick on to Lovick's Hut, where will camp for the evening enjoying the tranquility of the bush

Day 2 - The next day we mount up and head off and it's not long before the whole range opens up before us and we can see the magnificent Mt Magdala.  As we follow the contour track around the side of Magdala your adrenaline rises  and we take in the breathtaking views.  Now its time to stop and enjoy our lunch amongst the gums just below the summit of Mt Howitt.  Now we are headed for Gantner Hut at the beautiful McAllister Springs.  Time for a toilet stop at a very unusual toilet with the best views in the alps!  On wards across the Howitt High Plains to our camp for the evening at Howitt Hut and hope the legendary ghost of Harry Bamford doesn't pay us a visit!  On arrival the camp fire is inviting, the drinks are on ice and the pre-dinner nibbles are waiting.

Day 3 - After a bush breakfast, we are Wonnangatta bound and I'm sure you will feel a chill run down your spine as the bush gives way to the valley and we ride into the huge open grass land of Wonnangatta Station.

Day 4 - Lay Day, a chance for both horse and rider to re-energize and a great opportunity to explore mysteries of the Wonnangatta valley.  Fossick around the old grave yard and the old homestead site or take a walk along the river and enjoy a dip in one of the many rock pools.

Day 5 - After our  relaxing break in the valley we say good bye to Wonnangatta Station for we are homeward bound.  We make our way back to Buffalo River for a restful evening and a last chance to swap ghost stories around the camp fire.

Day 6 - After a good night's rest  back on our horses as we make our way through the meandering river flats  and on through Catherine Station to our final camp on the River.  Here we can relax, take a dip in the cooling waters or maybe even throw a line in.  If we're luck, fish might be on the menu!

Day 7 - After breakfast we ride out on the last day of our adventure.  Our destination, the beautiful Rose River and the end of our adventure.  From here we truck the horses and bus the riders home .

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