The Upper Murray
“The Man From Snowy River” country
of North-Eastern Victoria & Southern NSW
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The Man From Snowy River

Bush Festival

official site: www.bushfestival.com.au

April is a beautiful time of the year to visit the Upper Murray. Autumn days of crisp cool mornings, clear blue skies, light winds and warm afternoon sunshine make this an ideal time to hold a festival as well as the perfect time to explore our region's scenic beauty. This is also an opportunity to experience true blue grass roots Australian history in action. The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, celebrates the pioneer traditions of the Australian high country.

Live horse action

A live re-enactment and reading of 'The Man From Snowy River' poem is one

of the opening events of the Festival. Set in the foothills of Mt. Elliot at Thowgla, 5

km from Corryong, the re-enactment attracts several thousand spectators. Seating

and sun hat are BYO. Complimentary shuttle to and from Corryong available. Lots

of other entertainment is also provided.

The Man From Snowy River Challenge, the main event, is a battle of courage, skill and experience in eight events held over three days. Such is the class of the entrants in past competitions that often right up until the end, the overall winner of the event is unclear. The thrill and excitement will keep you gripped in your seat until the title is declared. More horse riding skills and excitement can be observed during the rodeo, team penning and other horse riding events. Riley's Ride is a four day trail ride, which concludes on the Friday of the Festival weekend. Experienced local guides, supported by the catering crew from the Corryong Rotary Club, introduce participants to the best of the Upper-Murray high country, from the saddle. The route retraces the last journey Jack Riley made from his home at Tom Groggin to his final resting place in Corryong. This popular experience is enjoyed by fifty riders and their horses each year.

The people of the high country

Bush poetry and music go hand in hand at The Man From Snowy River Bush

Festival. In the days before TV, family and friends often gathered together to make

their own entertainment. In each original story and song performed today, the

modern day bard and lyricist relives this tradition.

Talented musicians from across Australia, young and old, can nominate themselves to perform music of their own or an old favourite at the Aussie Bush Idol Competition.  The High Country Station Muster is a test of speed and skill. Station hands and farmers in the Upper Murray form teams of two and team members are put through their paces in a series of routine farm jobs to see which team is the most efficient. The Foz Dog Jumping Competition show cases the talents of the farmer and his/her best friend. Be amazed at how high these talented animals can leap. With life in the high country as its enduring theme, the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival Art Show provides local and regional artists and craftspeople with an opportunity to shine and art lovers with the opportunity to purchase a unique souvenir of the Festival. Craft markets are held on the Friday and Saturday of the Festival. A wide variety of high quality handmade and home-made goods are for sale. Art of a different style occurs in the High Country Ute Muster event, a competition of invention, necessity and style. Bring your ute and enter!

The Upper Murray community

Every year hundreds of local volunteers work as a team to provide festival visitors

with great experiences and memories. The Festival Parade, held on the Friday

afternoon, showcases of our community's diversity and community spirit.

So why not come and join us next year and don't  forget to bring a few friends with you too

 30 March - 2 April 2017