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The McCormack family were one of the first to settle in the Merrijig area in 1886 and have run cattle in the King Valley since 1900.

Bruce and Debra invite you to join them and their experienced staff on a ride through the magnificent Victorian High Country, sharing with you their expert knowledge and experiences. Get to hear about the life of a cattle mustering family as featured in Outback magazine. Also see where some of the scenes of the Australian Outback Spectacular Show were filmed starring our very own Cobie, Bruce and Jack McCormack.

You will experience for yourself the breathtaking views from Mount Stirling and Craig’s Hut; Have a chat to Bruce about his time spent as one of the crack riders in the The Man from Snowy River movies. He can point out along the way different locations used in the films as you roam through tree-ferned valleys, and beautiful  river crossings.

You’ll also get the chance to camp at our mustering hut in Pannican Creek. In the deep peaceful Valley.

Rides vary in length from two hours, half day, full day to weekend rides and longer.  

 

Our tours operate year round and can be tailored to suit your interest.

 

Our Family and Extended Family

Bruce And Debra McCormack

Bookings

Bookings can be made via email or telephoning.

Sometimes we may be away on rides when you email or phone us but we will get back to you as soon as we return.

Booking conditions

Deposits

Day ride to Craig’s Hut Deposit $100.

Weekend and three day rides require a deposit of $200 per person, rides of four days or longer require a deposit of $400 per person.
Deposits are non-refundable. Bookings made by telephone will be held for seven days, pending receipt of deposit. If deposit is not received booking is treated as cancelled.

Balance of payment is due a full one month before departure of ride. For bookings made less than 14 days before departure, full payment is due at time of booking.

Cancellations

Mountain Valley Trail Rides (MVTR) reserves the right to alter or cancel any ride, in which case no liability shall fall on MVTR. If MVTR decides to cancel the trip for reasons other than Park closure due to weather conditions, all money paid will be refunded or transferred to another trip at the guest’s preference.
If MVTR is forced to cancel or delay a trip due to Parks Victoria closing the Park due to weather conditions or otherwise, all monies paid for the trip will be transferred to an alternate ride.
Any personal expenses incurred by the participants as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of departures, no matter how caused, are their own responsibility. MVTR is unable to guarantee connections.

Day Ride to Craig’s Hut

Day Ride of a Lifetime to Craig’s Hut (November – May)

Re-live the movies and ride to Craig’s hut, the set where “The Man from Snowy River” was filmed, the day starts from telephone box junction, where we match you with your horse mount up taking in the beautiful views as your horse picks his way along the cattle tracks while everyone finds their balance and warms into the saddle and head off through the magnificent woolybutt forest climbing up through the gnarled snow gums to take in the magnificent panoramic 360 degree views from the summit of Mt. Stirling.

Ride on through the gnarled snow gums and beautiful scenery; you have the chance to chat to Bruce about his time spent as one of the crack riders in the Man from Snowy River movies. He can point out along the way different locations used the films.  As you come out of the trees to ride over the short springy mountain turf in awe of the stunning views at the hut itself. Tie your horse to the rails and enjoy a tasty packsaddle lunch, (or be met by our backup crew with a scrumptious lunch) breathe in the clean air and the views that stretch on forever before mounting your horse and making our way back, just below the summit we will make our way back towards king saddle following ski trails and old logging and cattle tracks to TBJ where we will load the horses in the truck for home.

Day starts at 8.30am and finishes at around 4.30pm. Lunch provided.

Cost $300 per person.

Guest Feedback

GUEST FEEDBACK

Dear Bruce and Deb, I cannot begin to thank both of you and your beautiful staff and family, Nicky, Bonnie Chris, David and Chris Randall. You were all so very kind to me,  I did appreciate all the help I was given so I could have the experience of a Lifetime. Nicky you were just a Darling and Bonnie your photos were beautiful.  I loved every moment. The Victorian High country is magnificent. The bush touches our souls and tells us who we really are…

How lucky we all were to be able to experience the wonders of your part of our beautiful country. I consider myself so very fortunate to be able to ride. It has been the joy of my life. I love the bush and on horseback is the only way I am able to enjoy its healing powers. I enjoyed riding Angel. She took care of me and responded well to my aids. I would just love to come again if you would have me.  The girls are already talking about doing it all again. It must be wonderful for you all, to bring such joy to so may people. What a beautiful family and company you are. I loved the challenge Thank you all so much. You gave me a great gift.  The best of wishes   Jonnie Badger.

 

Deb and Bruce run a horse riding Tour Company that is more like visiting some old family friends, who take you out for the day, night, couple of days-whatever you choose, and show you a great time. They and their team are easy going, yet caring and professional and all with a great sense of humour. I took my dad on a “bucket list” ride that we had wanted to do since the “Man from Snowy River’ movie was release some 30 years ago, and it surpassed all our wildest expectations in every way- including how sore we were, but guess that was to be expected;-) If you want to experience all that is wonderful in Australia, this I a terrific find as a family visit or if you have overseas visitors. I can’t thank the McCormack’s enough for giving me, and my dad, one of the best times of our lives. My dad keeps hinting about when  are we  going back. I work in a corporate environment usually and have the great benefit of living overseas for the last 20 years, I came home especially to do this trip with my dad, and it was a beautiful reminder to me of all the wonderful things we have in Australia and how lucky we are, and how lucky Deb and Bruce are to work where they do. That said though, it was the hospitality of this company that made this trip. We really were very sad to leave, If you’re even just a little bit interested, just do it, you won’t regret it.   Joanne Cosgriff

 

Amazing! Deb, Bruce, their family and staff run an extremely professional business and it shows from when you arrive to sadly leaving. The team are very informative on the rides and ensure everyone from beginners, like me, to the more professionals are well looked after,

The scenery is beautiful. It was great fun and I highly recommend everyone to all levels doing this, just incredible. Sharon Tuffen

 

Best few days EVA!! Bruce Deb and their team make you feel so welcome. Horses are in lovely condition, all shod and very calm and reliable in the mountainous country. Slept in swags under the stars (or in tents and huts) Had camp roast or bbq’s for dinner, homemade salads and cold meats for lunch and hot bacon and eggs for brekky.. The countryside, Mt Stirling and Craig’s hut are truly iconic thanks guys, we had a ball   Shirilee McEwen

Chrissy Schulz

We had a fantastic time on our 2 hour ride today, great horses and such a friendly welcoming family, Highly recommend this if you are wanting to do a trail ride in the Mansfield area.

Iliada Bolton.

Had a great couple of days with the crew.  Our group of 12 were all so well looked after- the food was amazing, the horses, gorgeous and I can’t forget to mention the views!! I will certainly recommend this experience with you guys to everyone!!  Worth every cent. I definitely fell in love this week!!!