Patterson Would be Proud

Poet Banjo Patterson, author of The Man from Snowy River, aptly described the romance and freedom associated with the life of a drover. There is an undeniable connection between the horses, cattle, and wide open spaces of the Australian bush, and Australia’s sense of identity. Being offered for the first time in 2015, The Long Paddock Cattle Drive is an exclusive horse-riding adventure limited to just 40 riders per year that captures the beauty and heritage of the Australian muster.

The all-inclusive adventure begins an easy three-hour drive north of Melbourne; guests will be able to move a mob of 500 cattle across the majestic Hay Plains (recognised as the flattest place on earth) over the course of a weekend while enjoying an unprecedented level of luxury, including locally sourced gourmet food and wine and good old fashioned camp cooking. The adventure caters for all levels of experience with riders given different positions behind the mob based on their confidence. With an instructor for every four riders, it’s expected that riders will develop their skills significantly over the course of the ride from Wanganella in southern New South Wales to Moama in Victoria, with approximately 10 hours of riding over two days, May 1-3 or May 8-10.

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