Get a little saddle grease on your trouser seat over the Australia day weekend. Join our three-day Packhorse expedition and experience a truly Australian experience. Traveling in a time-honored way you ride into the belly of the clouds to the 'mountain dreaming place' the High Country. The pack horse load will surprise you with the 'magic pudding' quality, delicious campfire meals served one after the other! We are proud to combine the heritage of the High Country Horse with modern comforts and cuisine. This expedition takes in Mount Fainter and Bogong Jack’s Hideout. An iconic short Australian break. We make it easy for the casual weekend rider or the beginner rider, by camping two nights at Bogong Jack’s Hideout camp. On day two you ride out over Mt Fainter and unload the lunch pack at Little Plain. After your billy boils and the cake washed down with a pannikin of tea it's up onto Mount Fainter Bluff for a few good canters, let the wind blow out the cobwebs and stresses of your busy lives.Bogong Horseback Adventures’ pack horse expedition program commences annually in the late spring when the peaks of the Victorian High Country shake off their winter snows and alpine life starts to stir. For thousands of years the Aboriginal peoples of the surrounding country embarked on their annual migration to the High Plains, and until recently the mountain cattlemen, following their time-honored ways pushed their cattle up to the 'tops'. Along with gold seekers, bushrangers and early adventurers, they all helped create a rich heritage, woven into the rugged fabric of the High Country. Much of the High Country remains un-roaded today, and packhorse expeditions offer a traditional and practical means of exploring this vast landscape. The horses are a feature of this expedition, each of them our own bred and trained mountain horse, expertly matched to the rider. Most days the camp is packed up, loaded onto the packhorses and the journey continues. Riding is between 15 to 25km per day with opportunities for loping canters across open plains. Camps are selected for their beautiful settings, some in traditional stock camps featuring huts, but often secluded bush camps maintained by Bogong Horseback Adventures. With swags rolled, out dinner is prepared and enjoyed around a warming fire, with a cold beer, a local wine and a meal prepared from local fresh produce on the coals. All expeditions include a night before and a night after at Spring Spur, where you can join the family for a meal and enjoy your comfortable en-suite room.
INCLUSIONSExperienced, knowledgeable guidesSpring Spur accommodation before and after the expeditionAll group camping equipmentQuality locally bred and trained horsesQuality Australian saddleryAll meals as per the itineraryBeer and table wine with evening mealHelmets and oilskin coatsNational Park feesFirst aid and emergency communicationsPacking lists and travel information
OPTIONSTransfers to and from Albury NSW
Day 1Arrive at Spring Spur homestead afternoon/eveningEvening Supper - Spring Spur Accommodation
Day 2Pre-ride information, horsemanship basics in the yards at BHA and packing check. Ride up the Big Hill Cattle Track to camp at Bogong Jack’s hideout, on the North Fainter Spur.B L D - Camping
Day 3We leave camp set up, and climb up to the summit of Mount Fainter with spectacular views across the deep cut of the West Kiewa River to Mount Fainter. Lunch at Tawonga Huts and an afternoon visit to Pretty Valley and brumby country before returning to Jack’s.B L D - Camping
Day 4Return to Spring Spur via the Big Hill Cattle Track.B L D - Spring Spur Accommodation
Day 5Mid-morning checkout.