Riding the Howqua River
Richie's Hut
Relaxing after a day in the saddle!
Sampson and Shell overlooking the Boorolite Valley
Whippy my beautiful boy!
Company in the camp

Weekend Rides

Tour operated by: Buckle Up Bushrides

Address: 769 Chapel Hill Road, Boorolite, Victoria 3723

Mobile: 0402 103 234  

Email: paulandshelly@buckleupbushrides.com
Web: buckleupbushrides.com.au

Buckle Up Bushrides will take you away on a fantastic horse riding weekend in the historical Howqua Valley located at the foot of the High Country. Here there are many bridle tracks to be explored!

This old gold mining area on the Howqua River is set in a beautiful, secluded valley, once bustling with gold miners but now popular with bushwalkers and four-wheel drivers.

While you are out riding, friendly backup vehicle staff will be setting up camp by the river and will have cold drinks waiting for you on arrival. All meals are hearty and home cooked and in fact Paul's mum Kay is renowned for her cooking. You have the comfort of a tent or you can swag out under the stars. You can choose to take a dip in the river after a day in the saddle or for those that like the finer things in life, there is a hot shower on offer.

Rides are suitable for both beginners through to experienced riders with horses to suit. Non-riders are welcome, relax on the river with a fishing rod or just bring a book.

Rides can be tailored for groups and for those wanting cabin accommodation.

Tour pricing information (GST included)

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Weekend Rides

All meals, tents, swags and helmets. Bring your own alcohol. See website for more information.


Payment methods accepted


Cancellation and booking policy

Bookings are essential.See website for Bookings and Cancellation policy

Days of operation

Departure details: 12/09/15 - 14/05/16

Tour starting location

Buckle Up Bushrides

Mode of transport

  • Horse
  • Four Wheel Drive


  • Barbeque
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing
  • Bushwalking


  • Nature based
  • Wildlife


  • Car park
  • Guide


  • English

Buckle Up Bushrides offer High Country horse riding at its best. Discover the beauty and history of Victoria's High Country with an unforgettable horseback adventure with your hosts Paul and Shelly.

Paul Skvor is the great, great grandson of William Mitchell Lovick who settled the district in 1871. His grandfather, Jack Lovick began horseback riding tours in the 1960′s and today, the tradition still lives on.

Paul's partner Shelly, born in in Gippsland has been bush riding since she was a child and first came to the area after doing a horse safari with Jack's son Charlie back in 2000. Both Paul and Shelly rode for Charlie Lovick for many years before being encouraged to branch out on their own. The Man from Snowy River movies was filmed through out the area with Paul's family playing a big part in the making of these movies.

Operating out of the Boorolite Valley, Buckle Up Bushrides have tours catering to riders of all levels. From beginner right through to experienced horsemen, their horses have wonderful temperaments and are hardy bush horses. Buckle Up Bushrides pride themselves on providing the best possible tour and experience the region has to offer.

Buckle Up offer anything from two hours up to full day rides, weekend rides, Craig's Hut rides, Howqua river rides, and kids and family camps. For groups ask us about our tailored rides to suit your needs.

With vast landscapes to explore, from the moment you arrive to the moment you step down out of the saddle for the final time there is always something new to see and do on a High Country horse ride.

Join Buckle Up Bushrides today for a horseback adventure to remember forever.

For full details of all tours and accommodation, please visit the website.

Opening hours

Every Day
9:00am -5:00pm

Parks Victoria Licence
Tour operator is licensed to conduct tours on public land

How to get here

High Country