This business began in the early 1970s as a small operation, offering packhorse tours into the Victorian High Country, “Brumby Free Stables” as it was then known, ran a string of 15-20 horses and supported one person.
In 1986 Steve and Kath Baird with their two young sons Lin and Clay, purchased the business and trading as Bogong Horseback Adventures. They have continued to developed the business since 1986 into one which now runs 50 plus horses, employs 4 people, and has a diverse and attractive product range. Our horse rides are an opportunity for people to enjoy a timelessly Australian adventure. Most importantly it has a reputation based on quality experiences, offered in spectacular country by skilled and friendly staff. This is supported by standards of operation, equipment, horses, safety, environmental management and professionalism backed with industry recognition and tourism business awards.
Our standards of services, quality of experience, and business professionalism, have been recognised by successive Industry Awards.
●2014 Victorian Tourism Awards “Finalist” best Adventure Tour.
●2012 Victorian Tourism Awards “Finalist” best Adventure Tour.
●2010 Victorian Tourism Awards “Merit” best Adventure Tour, “Finalist” Eco-tourism.
●2009 Victorian Tourism Awards “Winner” best Adventure Tour Operator.
●2002 Alpine Shire Tourism Awards
●1998 Victorian Tourism Award of Merit
●1998 Tourism Ministers Special Award
●1994 Victorian Small Business Awards
●1993 Australian and Victorian Tourism Awards
●1992 Australian and Victorian Tourism Awards
ECO Certification is a globally recognized brand which assists travelers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences. The ECO Certification Program is a world first. It has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. It is also now being exported to the rest of the world as the International ECO Certification Program. “Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”.
Advanced Ecotourism: Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
TQUAL Accreditation is the new National Tourism Accreditation Framework developed by government and industry to promote quality experiences for tourism consumers by recognising sustainable and capable tourism operators nationally.
Providing a single, overarching framework for the country’s many existing accreditation and ratings programs. Until recently, it has been difficult for consumers to identify or differentiate between more than 20 diverse programs. Now, these programs can co-brand with TQUAL, a nationwide mark of quality that consumers can recognise and trust.
Bogong Horseback Adventures is licensed by Parks Victoria to conduct commercial tours in the Alpine National Park.
The Alpine National Park offers the peak experience for those wanting to ride the High Country. The license sets out a number of operating conditions and includes use fees which are included in the cost of all our rides.
“Tour operators play a key role in facilitating access to Victoria’s public land, in promoting its values and appropriate use and in encouraging tourism and recreation in Victoria. Operating a tourism or recreation business conducting organised activities in areas managed by Parks Victoria or DSE requires a current Tour Operator Licence.”