the man from snowy
April is a beautiful time of the year to visit the Upper
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 toexperience true blue grass roots Australian history in
The Man From Snowy River Bush
Festival,celebrating the traditions of people in the
Australian high country, is held in Corryong
festival will be held April 4th- 7th, 2013.
The key to maximising your enjoyment
is to become
A live reenactment and reading of 'The Man From Snowy River'
poem is one of the opening events of the
Set in the foothills of Mt. Elliot at Thowgla, 5 km
from Corryong, the reenactment attracts several thousand spectators. Seating and sun hat are
BYO. There is a parking area for vehicles but it is also possible to catch a complimentary
shuttle to and from Corryong. Lots of other entertainment is also
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
More horse riding skills and excitement can be observed
during the rodeo, team
penning and other horse riding events.
Ride is a four day trail ride, which concludes on the Friday of the Festival
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 highly popular
experience is enjoyed by fifty riders and their horses each
If you can't compete in any of these horse
riding event, don't worry you can still look like you belong. The trade stalls at the Festival
offer all kinds of horse riding or camping goods for sale.
At the very
least you can look like you belong
in the mountains like the Man (or Woman) from Snowy River.
the people of the high
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.
With a touch of the theatrical, the poetry and
musical competitions make great family entertainment. If you want to have a go too, just sign
Banjo Paterson, alias
Geoffrey Graham, graces the festival with his presence and many of his favorite
poems. He makes several appearances through out the Festival and his performance is a must
see. Geoffrey's performances highlight his talent as an expert orator of rural Australian
history and poetry..
Talented musicians from across Australia,
young and old, can nominate themselves to perform music of their own or old favorites
at the Aussie Bush
Held at the Rotary Sound Shell at the Attree
Centre, in the heart of Corryong, junior and senior competitors are judged by a panel of
three in front of a supportive audience. The standard of past performances has been
A new event in
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. It's lots of fun to watch.
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
With life in the high country as its enduring theme,
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.
has in the past included paintings, of all genres, framed
sculpture and hand crafted wood items.
Craft markets are held on the Friday and Saturday of the Festival. A wide variety
of high quality
handmade and homemade 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
yearhundreds of local volunteers work as a team to
provide festival visitors with great experiences and
It is our chance to also show others what the Upper
Murray offers as a place to live or to
The Festival Parade, held on the Friday afternoon,
showcases of our community's diversity and community
So why not come and join us next year and
bring a few friends with you too.
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accommodation a few months in
information? Contact our Visitor Information