Weekend Rides

Where will your ride take you today?
Have a look through our descriptions below and let your imagination run wild.

Merrijig Rodeo (Labour Day Weekend)

Day one: we saddle up for a full day’s ride into and around the back country of Merrijig with a stopover at the Hunt Club Hotel and onto our first destination, being on private property on the beautiful banks of the Delatite River. We set up camp and relax over some cheese and biscuits before we head over to the annual Merrijig Twilight Rodeo (dinner can be purchased at the rodeo) where you can watch firsthand the excitement of bull riding, the thrill of the saddle broncs, and that’s just a few of the events that liven up the evening once the gates open at 6pm. This rodeo is part of the circuit and is a big part of the Merrijig community! At least 5000 people attend so if you are looking for a cowboy or a cowgirl this is the place to be!! At the evenings end it’s a short leisurely walk back to camp under the stars.

Day two: we spend the morning relaxing by the Delatite River where we enjoy brunch before we saddle up the horses and take a leisurely late afternoon ride where we will have drinks and a cheese platter bought out to us where we can watch the beautiful sunset over the Merrijig and Boorolite Valley atop of Rocky Hill. Spectacular!

Make sure you pack your swimming gear and a hot shower is also available!

Day three: is a full day in the saddle exploring the area before heading back to the farm in Boorolite.

Howqua Valley Weekend Ride

Buckle Up Bushrides will take you on a fantastic weekend away in the historical Howqua Valley with 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 for picnics, bushwalking and four-wheel driving.

While we are out enjoying our ride the friendly back up vehicle staff will be setting up camp by the Howqua river and will have cold drinks waiting for all on arrival!   Meals are hearty and home cooked and in fact Paul’s mum Kay is renowned for her cooking!

Buckle Up can offer you 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 we also have a hot shower on offer!

There is many a great trail out here, there is a ride along the flats to the 7 mile with lunch along the way.  Fry’s Flat and the historical Fry’s Hut.  Or we can ride down to Tobacco Flat crisscrossing the river many times along the way.

On our way home we will climb out of the Howqua River Valley over the timber top saddle down to the Boorolite Valley as we ride for home.

These rides are suitable for both beginners through to experienced riders with a horse to suit everyone!

Non riders are also welcome to come and relax on the river with a fishing rod or just bring your favorite book!

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A deposit of $150 for weekend rides is due on booking. Your booking cannot be reserved until deposits are paid.
Places are limited and will be filled on a “first in, first served basis”
Balance  is due 4 weeks prior to your ride. 


We understand circumstances can change unavoidably therefore deposits and final payments will be transferred to alternate trip dates with no penalty if formal cancellation is made with in 5 days prior to departure.

  • 100% of payment will be retained and not transferred to alternate dates if cancellation is made less than 48 hours from tour departure.