The Victorian High Country is indisputably adventure country, courtesy its rugged landscapes of ranges, valleys and peaks.
Climbers and abseilers are drawn to the awe-inspiring cliffs; rafting, caving, hang gliding, mountain biking also happens in the High Country. And as for horse trails, the majesty, size and remoteness of the Alpine experience means that ‘Man from Snowy River moments’ are authentic and available to anyone.
Discover the beauty of the Victorian High Country when you join Michael Watson to show you the region. Michael began riding almost as soon as he could walk, and has long roamed the hills with fifth-generation mountain cattlemen, from whom he gained much of his vast local knowledge. He is the second generation in his family to saddle up the horses and guide visitors deep into ‘Man from Snowy River’ country. The Watsons live on a 730 acre farm adjoining the High Country, an authentic working property complete with 80-year-old house and stables, 70 horses, and family dogs who welcome you back from your day’s ride.
Your private guide will meet you at either Melbourne airport or city accommodation to commence your journey.
You will take the scenic drive out of the city along the Yarra River, through a historic gold mining town, valleys and past mobs of wild kangaroos. Stop in the Yarra Valley for lunch and a private barrel room tasting with the wine maker. Lunch is something special; the produce on your plate comes from the garden out the back and is dependent on what’s in season.
Enjoy a leisurely drive though the stunning Australian bush to Mansfield, arriving late in the afternoon.
On arrival you will be met by your host for the rest of the duration, Michael Watson, with pre-dinner drinks and a sumptuous dinner provided by your private chef at Merrindie Mountain Retreat.
Whilst in the Victoria High Country you will be staying at Merrindie Mountain Retreat on an exclusive use basis
Merrindie Mountain Retreat is a chalet-style contemporary home perched in Victoria’s High Country. Set at 800 metres on the flank of majestic ranges, it offers views of Victoria’s Alpine National Park and makes a perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of the region.
After a relaxing breakfast at your accommodation you will depart for Michael’s family farm for a day in the saddle. Enjoy spectacular views and watch out for native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, lyrebirds and wedgetail eagles. Lunch today will be a gourmet hamper served along the track in a beautiful mountain setting.
After freshening up back at your accommodation Michael will collect you for a dinner at a local restaurant with views of the setting sun over the mountains.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning as today is going to be full of adventure. Travel to Mt Buffalo, an all-seasons park, with sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. First reserved in 1898, the 31,000 hectare park contains vegetation and fauna adapted to extremes of weather, as a result of its sub-alpine location.
It is the perfect base for an adventure packed day for the adventure enthusiast with abseiling, river caving and rock climbing all enjoyed at the same location. Travelling by foot between experiences is also a highlight with its stunning array of flora and fauna.
On return to your accommodation you will find a superb dinner has been prepared for you by your private chef.
The Howqua and Stockyard valleys are comprised of the famous greenstone, prized by the Aborigines for axes for many centuries. Stockyard is a remote and beautiful working farm of 420 acres in the valley completely surrounded by bush. The property was a staging point for cattle on their way to summer grazing on the Bluff High Plains from Mansfield.
You are able to participate in a private tour of the property and learn about the historical significance; with cattle whose linage dates back to the original settlers some 100 years ago.
After a sumptuous lunch at the homestead Michael will transfer you back to Melbourne, either a city accommodation or the airport to meet an onward flight.
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.
Merrindie Mountain Retreats
3 nights stay on an exclusive use basis
Melbourne/Mansfield transfer and tour
Full day of private touring /transfer including activities such as wine tastings and lunch enroute.
Watson’s Mountain Country Tours
Full day of horseriding activities
Full day of Abseiling / Rock Climbing / River Caving activities
Full day of touring Stockyard Creek and return transfer back to Melbourne
2 X dinners at Merrindie Mountain Retreat by private chef
1 X dinner at local restaurant, hosted by Michael Watson
3 X breakfasts at Merrindie Mountain Retreat by private chef
3 X lunches on days of touring