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)|
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
The Hanney Waterwheel
Picnic lunch at Fry's Hut
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’.