The Snowy Mountains are in the south east of New South Wales, and are the highest point in Australia's Great Dividing Range. Much of the region is incorporated into Kosciuszko National Park. At 2,228m, Mount Kosciuszko is Australia's highest peak.
The high country was first settled by European stockmen, graziers and landholders in the early 1800s. It was immortalised in Banjo Paterson's poem The Man from Snowy River which created a myth that has become part of Australia's identity.
The alpine climate is characterised by cool, crisp and clean air, and it is one of very few regions in the country which experiences four distinct seasons.
It is the perfect area for skiing, hiking, camping and horse riding with each season providing wonderful and invigorating outdoor entertainment and activities.
Between October and May, the family-run Snowy River Horseback Adventure takes small groups on two, three, four or five day horse riding treks through some of the country's most beautiful scenery.
The company has cleverly blended adventure with comfort. Riders stay in mountain chalets which have loads of atmosphere in beautiful bushland, surrounded by mountains and lakes.
At the end of an exhilarating day in the saddle, there is nothing like a hot shower to recuperate and then enjoy country hospitality with a three course meal and a cosy open fire.
Homestead Chalet, the main accommodation used on the treks, is spacious and homely. It is in the centre of a working cattle property and most riders find enough of a second wind to enjoy a game of pool or two.
Experienced guides lead riders along bush trails, old stock routes, fire and brumby trails. They wind through forests of towering snow gums and mountain ash and meander through the pristine mountains on the southern side of Jindabyne. Trails pass crystal streams and climb to peaks offering views of the ranges, valleys and lakes.
Open plains surrounded by mountains wrapped in blue haze are ideal for cantering and you will share your day with emus, kangaroos, wombats, herds of brumbies and an abundance of bird life. An average daily distance of 30kms is covered, and each day offers something excitingly different.
Lunch is a highlight trusty packhorses carry a selection of paté and cheese, white wine and fruit juice and the makings of a cup of billy tea.
Snowy River Horseback Adventure prides itself on the condition and temperament of its horses. Mounts are carefully matched to riders, considering ability, requirement and even personality. They keep a selection for experienced riders and a range of quiet, reliable horses to suit the novices, as well as a choice of suitable mounts for the intermediate rider.