Gail Liston has hit the road and distilled her extensive travel knowledge to bring us the 20 Top Tours from all around Australia.

Follow the pioneers on a horse ride through Australia’s High Country and have the entire Man From Snowy River experience with fifth-generation Mansfield farmer Michael Watson. Thank you, Banjo Paterson.

This five-day, 60km horse ride traverses Victoria’s alpine region along bridle tracks that pass across dramatic ridge tops, then drop into deep tree fern gullies and wind through iconic locations bearing names like Whiskey Flat, Tobacco Flat and Tunnel Bend. During the daylight hours aboard your trusty steed, you’ll tackle river crossings and canter through quiet valleys. But at night weary heads will rest on feather-down pillows in classic country house hotels.

There may be a few sore spots after a day in the saddle but come morning anyone from a beginner to an experienced rider will be champing at the bit to put foot to stirrup and get back into the saddle.

Brag Factor // Taking on 30 river crossings on horseback, then sitting down to a multi-course degustation dinner in a pioneer homestead.

Details // Tour by Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides, $2500 per person. 0407 841 736,

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