Centenary of Wonangatta Murders 5 Day Ride
5 days, 4 nights LIMITED SPACES
This is a one off experience. It’s Been 100 years since the Wonangatta Murders and the Friends of Wonangatta Valley group along with Parks Victoria are Celebrating. So we have decided to go along for the ride and we’d like you to come join us. We have had to adjust our usual itinerary for our Wonnangatta trip to fit around our current schedule but think the ride will be an amazing experience, containing a lot of magic and touch of mystery.
So we head off on the Friday but it’s a little different you won’t actually ride a horse at all. We load up the horses and all our gear and head of for an approx. 5 hours trip in the trucks and cars. We head through Whitfield and the king Valley on way to Riley’s Hut to get us as close to the Wonangatta Valley as possible. We will set up camp here for the night and enjoy sitting around the campfire spinning yarns, telling jokes and hearing the mysterious story to the 1918 Wonnangatta murders.
The next morning we saddle up and make the journey deep into the isolated Valley one of the best kept secrets, the Wonnangatta Valley. This isolated valley was once a cattle station but now the open grassed valley is part of the national Park. Its isolation (2 days ride from the nearest town) and folklore make it unique, the early settlers found the going tough as the cemetery bears witness. But this weekend it will be anything but isolated as The Centenary of The Wonangatta Murders event is being held on this Labour Day Weekend. We ride to the station and join in the festivities that are on for the rest of the day/night. The camp tonight is under the ancient elm trees on the conglomerate Creek along with the ghosts of the unsolved Wonnangatta murders.
So Normally we would have a full day to relax and enjoy the peace of the Wonnangatta Valley, but this trip is a little different we will head off after a big hearty breakfast for a tour of the valley on horseback, we will visit some of the locations of the murders and enjoy a ride along the river that snakes its way through the grassy plains. Then the afternoon is yours to relax, you can spend it swimming, fishing, exploring the historic valley or just reading under the shade of a gum tree. After enjoying dinner we can again join in on the events that have been put on.
It’s time to leave the valley we spend the day riding back up to the high country. We head up to the Howitt high plains to camp the night by Howitt hut. It is said to be haunted by Banford the murdered cook from Wonnangatta station. This is where the body of Banford was found a few hundred meters from the hut.
Our last day, we pack up camp and saddle up for the journey home. Feel as though you are on top of the world as you take in the breathtaking views and carpets of wildflowers,. Enjoy lunch near Mt. Howitt under the twisted snow gums, before we climb up to the summit surrounded by amazing scenery of deep valleys below and the mountains stretching into the distance. We then descend the infamous Howitt spur staircase into the Howqua valley. This is the track that Bamford’s body was taken out by packhorses to Mansfield. We finish our journey on the Howqua River at Binderee where the Trucks and Cars will transport us and our trusty steeds back to Merrijig.
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