Start the day with morning tea at the charming country cafe, The Emporium. Our small tour group will then travel in a four wheel drive through the Howqua Hills to enter back in time to the world of the gold miners.
Enjoy a walk along the Howqua River as we visit the old remaining gold mine sites. We’ll see the historic site of the Howqua Township, which was once busy with trade. If you’re feeling hungry don’t fret, we’ll also enjoy a picnic lunch at the historic Fry’s Hut – where we’ll explore the story of famous bushman Fred Fry.
And if that wasn’t relaxing enough or you need some more scenery- finish the tour with a wine tasting, the finest regional produce and sunset views at a winery. What a way to complete a fabulous country day before you are taken back to the bustling city of Melbourne.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Melbourne CBD / Mansfield Info Centre|
|DEPARTURE TIME||7:30AM (Melb) / 11.00AM (Mansfield)|
|RETURN TIME||6:30PM (Melb) / 4.00PM (Mansfield)|
Tour itinerary may change according to seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Australis 4WD tours require a minimum number of 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 4 passengers.
Pick up from Mansfield Info Centre can also be arranged.
What you need to bring
Hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes (no open sandals please), insect repellent, clothing for warm and cool weather (it can have cool winds up top on the mountain), rain jacket, camera and your sense of adventure.
If the weather forecast is warm, bring your bathers for a river swim – don’t forget the towel!
Depart Melbourne 7.30am
The Hanney Waterwheel
Picnic lunch at Fry's Hut
Bushman Fred Fry built his timber home here in the late 1930s. Fry built many huts in the region, providing refuge to cattlemen and skiers alike. His solitary life up in the Howqua Valley was the basis of Neville Shute’s 1950 novel ‘The Far Country’.