2 Days
Howqua Hills, Victoria, Mount Stirling Resort, Alpine National Park
1st December – 30th April

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.

As we move along to our campsite we will visit Huts and Lookouts – once only seen by cattlemen and horsemen. Take in the impressive mountain range and abundance of wildlife.

And to finish off the Huts in the High Country, as you absorb the history that lies behind this extraordinary hut that featured in the film ‘The Man from Snowy River’. We’ll treat ourselves to a picnic lunch and relax under the snow gums. The perfect background for a great photo!

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 Day 1 – 8:00AM (Melb) / 11.00AM (Mansfield)
RETURN TIME Day 2 – 7:00PM (Melb) / 4.30PM (Mansfield)
Personalised service Morning tea at a country cafe
Picnic lunch at Fry’s Hut Bluff Hut
Lovick’s Hut Picture Point Lookout
Mt. Lovick Lookout Bindaree Hut
Bindaree Falls Craig’s Hut
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) and a camera.

Please dress accordingly for the weather in the High Country. There can be cold winds up top during winter so please bring a raincoat. If the weather forecast is warm, bring your bathers for a river swim – don’t forget the towel!


Depart Melbourne 8.00am

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 1940’s. 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’.

Bluff Hut

Bluff Hut built originally in 1956 by Eadley Stoney with the help of others including his son Graeme. It was used as a graziers hut and for commercial rides.

Lovick's Hut

Jack Lovick and others built the hut in the 1960. This hut still caters for commercial rides during the summer period.

Picture Point Lookout

From Picture Point you look to the north taking in some stunning views.

Mt. Lovick Lookout

From Mt. Lovick you look towards the south taking in more stunning views.

Bindaree hut

Bindaree hut built around the 1930’s and is probably one of the most photographed huts because it is along a popular vehicular route. Quite small in size, the stone chimney has now been replaced by a iron clad one.

Bindaree Falls

Bindaree Falls is a short 20 minute return walk along a short steep hill on a formed track. It’s a little oasis!

Craig's Hut

Craig’s Hut was built as a film set and attracts more people than any other hut in the High Country. Built in 1981 as a film set for the “The Man from Snowy River”. It is named after the male lead Jim Craig.


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. 7.00pm.

Lovick's Hut
Picture Point Lookout
Bindaree Falls in January
Bindaree Falls in January
Bindaree Falls in October
Mt. Lovick Lookout
Bluff Hut
Back of Lovick's Hut
Lovick's Hut
Bluff Hut
Mt. Lovick
Mt. Lovick sign
Lovick's Hut
Bindaree Hut
Craigs Hut
Fry's Hut
Bindaree Falls in October
Bindaree Falls in October

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
January 9, 2017

Bruce -what a trip, what an adventure, what beautiful views !! Well planned with a good balance between driving /walking / breaks with really yummy food. You have great knowledge of the High Country making it all the more interesting and your driving made me feel very safe, even on the exciting 4wd tracks!
Well done and thank you for a truly memorable experience Bruce. I would recommend your trip to anyone!

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