12 Hours
Howqua Hills, Victoria
2nd November – 8th June

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)
Personalised service Morning tea (Melb. Only)
Picnic lunch at Fry’s Hut Mining relic walking tour
Winery/Vinyard and afternoon tea Inner city pick up and drop off
Complimentary Water Entrance fees


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!

Additional information

MealPloughmans Platter

Depart Melbourne 7.30am

Inner city hotel pick up and drop off. Complimentary snacks & water will be provided.


Morning tea at The Emporium – a country baking cafe using only local, fresh produce. Feel free to also purchase some local goodies.

The Hanney Waterwheel

Walk along the Howqua River and explore the impressive remains of the Hanney waterwheel. At 63 feet in diameter it was once the largest water wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, and powered the 20-head Howqua United battery used during the gold mine era.

Picnic lunch at Fry's Hut

Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch at Fry’s Hut in the old site of the Howqua Township.
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’.

Tunnel Bend

Walk through the historic 100m long water division tunnel, which was built in 1884 to divert water during the gold rush. If the weather is warm feel free to take a dip in the cool river!


Visit an acclaimed vineyard for afternoon tea. Enjoy the sunset views over rolling hills as you sample delicious artisan platters made from local produce, and the finest award winning wines.

Return to Melbourne

Sit back as we cruise back to the drop off location arriving approx. 6.30pm.

Fry's Hut
Fry's Hut
Fry's Hut

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