Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides

296 Three Chain Road, Boorolite, Victoria, 3723MAP

  • Nature and wildlife
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Extended
  • Cultural and Theme Tours
  • Full Day
  • Half Day or Less
  • Evening
  • Food and Wine Tours

Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides offer horse riding in the High Country that leaves from a family farm, located three hours north east of Melbourne near the town of Mansfield.

Rides start from one hour through to seven days in duration and are suitable for all levels of riding ability. Most of the rides show guests where the famous downhill scene from the ‘Man from Snowy River’ was filmed and they all feature spectacular scenery. Most most days you will see native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and a colourful array of bird life.

Their most popular rides are one to three hour rides, two day two night Bunkhouse rides, two day luxury rides and their feature rides are a five day ‘Man from Snowy River’ and heritage ride that has been judged one of the 20 best adventure experiences in Australia, and a seven day Bluff and Beyond Ride that travels to the highest peaks in the High Country.

All equipment is supplied and are one of two business accredited in Australia with Horse Safety Australia. Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides have been offering rides since 1982.

  • Adventure

The Five Day Man from Snowy River and Heritage Ride conducted by Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides leaves from the farm and on day one, rides through to the Howqua Valley and stays overnight at the Riverhouse. Guests enjoying their own room and a gourmet barbecue dinner.

On day two, enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast and then with a packhorse support traverse up the Howqua River and feeder track through to the historic Howqua Hills. Here guests are welcomed at Stockyard Creek, an original pioneer homestead, and guests enjoy their own room with a shared bathroom. Enjoy a three course dinner in the character filled kitchen and living quarters.

Day three riding is a more relaxing day visiting the many historic sites of this property and surrounds. An extraordinary eight course degustation dinner is provided on this night.

On day four, you ride the high track back to the Riverhouse with beautiful views over the Howqua River. Enjoy dinner at the iconic Kevington “Hilton” Hotel.

On day five after a big breakfast you will ride to the downhill scene from the ‘Man from Snowy River’ movie and finish with lunch at the farm house.

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Extended
  • Animal Led
  • Nature and wildlife
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Cultural and Theme Tours
  • Food and Wine Tours
  • Moderate

The two day two night Howqua Valley horse trail rides starts on the Saturday, after a cooked breakfast at the accommodation provided by Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides, they then drive you to their farm.

On the morning ride you will take in spectacular views looking out for the wildlife along the way and taking the opportunities for trotting and cantering. Having lunch at the Dungeon Hut before taking the bridle trails along the creek beds and gullies through to the Howqua River. Crossing this several times before arriving at their bunk house accommodation sitting up high above the river. Enjoy a roast dinner in the evening.

On Sunday, after another cooked breakfast you will depart the accommodation and ride up to where the ‘Man from Snowy River’ movie was filmed. Stopping with plenty of time for photos before descending back to the valley floor and their farm for a barbecue lunch to complete the ride.

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Extended
  • Full Day
  • Evening
  • Animal Led
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Nature and wildlife
  • Moderate

Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides provides trail rides from one to three hours in duration.

The one hour ride is suitable for younger children and nervous adults and provides a basic gentle ride up to a ridge line that affords a beautiful view.

The two hour ride is suitable for adults and older children of all riding abilities. It takes you to the highest peak with spectacular views and offers trotting and cantering for those that are interested.

The three hour ride is suitable for adults and older children of all riding abilities. It takes you to where the famous downhill scene from the ‘Man from Snowy River’ movie was made. Guests enjoy spectacular views.

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Half Day or Less
  • Animal Led
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Cultural and Theme Tours
  • Food and Wine Tours
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Basic

This ride with Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides departs from the family farm and rides up to spectacular views in the morning.

Then ride down to the ‘Dungeon Hut’ for lunch by the camp fire. In the afternoon groups traverse creek beds and bridle trails through to the next valley Howqua where the ride finishes with a couple of river crossings.

Ride time is approximately five hours.

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Full Day
  • Animal Led
  • Nature and wildlife
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Cultural and Theme Tours
  • Basic

Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides depart from the farm in the morning and ride up to spectacular views. Then descend into the Dungeon Gully for a picnic lunch at the hut.

After lunch, follow the creek beds and bridle tracks into the Howqua Valley and traverse the Howqua River a number of times before you arrive at the cottage on Riverdowns. Enjoy the privacy of this luxury cottage with and a barbecue dinner with gourmet salads is supplied by the local Regional Produce Store.

The next day, depart for Kate Camerons Peak, where the famous downhill scene from the ‘Man from Snowy River’ movie was filmed. Descend into the Mansfield Valley and onto the farm to complete your ride. You will then enjoy lunch at the Mansfield Regional Produce Store.

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Extended
  • Animal Led
  • Nature and wildlife
  • Adventure and Outdoors Tours
  • Cultural and Theme Tours
  • Food and Wine Tours
  • Moderate