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All dressed up for a camel ride.
All dressed up for a camel ride.
Stopping for dinner.
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Mansfield Camels

Thursday, August 10, 2000
There are plenty of treks to choose from and your vehicle is a camel.

Steve and Lise Cunow met on a camel trip from the Great Ocean Road to Alice Springs and that led to them starting their own camel herd and trekking business.

They offer an enormous range of rides, from 10 minutes long to an alpine trek for two to five days, plus plenty of choices in between.

The two and five-day treks visit the summit of Mt Stirling, Razorback Spur and King River, meandering through ferny gullies among snowgums and alpine wildflowers. At night you will be served a hearty campfire dinner and can sleep in mountain huts or under the stars.

If you choose a dinner trek, you will be taken from your Mansfield accommodation in a 4WD to the camels. Then form a caravan and walk along an old stock route. They wear personally designed and fitted saddles for their comfort and yours, have an easy gait and are quiet and well-behaved. Their individual personalities make them very appealing.

In about 75 minutes you arrive at Highton Manor, a replica of an English castle which was built in 1896. It is filled with beautiful antiques, stained glass windows and has a superb staircase. Joseph and Christine Molinaro are the hosts at Highton and serve a candle-lit three-course dinner with wine in the grand ballroom.

Dame Nellie Melba once sang at Highton and the stars of The Man from Snowy River stayed there during the making of the film. The gracious manor has wonderful views of Mount Buller, the surrounding gardens and countryside. It has a tower and cellar and fine brick stables. In keeping with the gentility of the times, breakfast will be served in your room.

Highton Manor has a variety of suites to choose from and a variety of packages.


Mansfield is a 2.5-hour drive north of Melbourne.


High Country Camel Treks start at $115 per person for the Sunset Trek. This includes transfers and a three-course meal. They operate year round.
Highton Manor: stables rooms start at $80 per person per night, room only. Rooms in the Manor start at $115 per person, per night, room only.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

High Country Camel Treks
Ph/Fax: (03) 5775 1591
Highton Manor
Ph: (03) 5775 2700 Fax: (03) 5779 1305

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