Mansfield Mt Buller | High CountryWithin a 3 hour drive from Melbourne when the High Country comes out to play, expect a good time.
Events and traditional celebrations worth a special trip.
Picnic Races - November
There's been a horse race and picnic in Mansfield on this weekend for over 50 years.
Tolmie Sports Day - February weekend
What Tolmie considers a sport is a bit eccentric - probably because this sports day has been running unchanged since the 1880s. You will find wood chopping, novelty foot races, spud-peeling or nail-driving. There are lots of riding events too.
The High Country Autumn Festival - March Labour Day Weekend
The High Country Autumn Festival is a great place to sample local produce and wine. With events ranging from Market on the Median, Merrijig Twilight Rodeo & Picnic in the Park there will be something for everyone.
Merrijig Rodeo - March Labour day weekend
The Merrijig Rodeo attracts Australia's best rough riders for a day of thrilling competition against the back drop of the High Country. This is an unmissable event for the local characters, colour, cowboys and an old fashioned good time.
Easter Art Walk & Mansfield Bush Market - Easter weekend
Local artists and crafts people make this Easter event a must. The cream of the local art community, including sculptors, ceramicists, painters and printmakers, guide tours through the galleries where their work is displayed.
Mt Buller Sprint
The roar of engines will again be heard at Mt Buller as some of Australia's most well renowned names in motor racing contest the Mt Buller Sprint on the Melbourne Cup Day Weekend.
A rush of horses through the trees,
A red shirt making play;
A sound of stockwhips on the breeze,
They vanish far away!
Brumby's Run, Banjo Patterson
The High Country was chosen as the backdrop for The Man from Snowy River, a film based upon the famous Banjo Patterson poem about a rugged young cattleman and his tough mountain pony. Long after the advent of the combustion engine, the horse was still the only means of access to many of Mansfield's remote cattle runs, particularly the summer grazing leases, high in the mountains.
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