Murray River and Snowy Mountains view, Towong, Upper Murray

Showcasing 'The Man From Snowy River' Country


the man from snowy river
ush festivalThe Man From Snowy River Bush Festival celebrates the close bond between high country people and their horses.

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 toexperience true blue grass roots Australian history in action.

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival,celebrating the traditions of people in the Australian high country, is held in Corryong annually.

The next festival will be held April 4th- 7th, 2013.

The key to maximising your enjoyment is to become involved.

live horse action

A live reenactment 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 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 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.

Come and experience the best of our Australina high country by participating in the Riley's Ride event, held in conjunction with the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival. 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 highly popular experience is enjoyed by fifty riders and their horses each year.

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.Back to Top

the people of the high country

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

Bush poetry is a great way to introduce the younger members of our community to the traditions of the past.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 up.

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..The Aussie Bush Idol Entertainment Competition at the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival showcases the musical talent of young and old.

Talented musicians from across Australia, young and old, can nominate themselves to perform music of their own or old favorites at the Aussie Bush Idol Competition.

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 amazing.

A new event in 2011, 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. 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 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.

The artwork has in the past included paintings, of all genres, framed photographs,patchwork, cards, 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, aBack to Top competition of invention, necessity and style. Bring your ute and enter!

the upper murray community

Every yearhundreds of local volunteers work as a team to provide festival visitors with great experiences and memories.The Upper Murray Motorcycle Club is one community group on show at the Festival Parade during the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.

It is our chance to also show others what the Upper Murray offers as a place to live or to visit.

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.



The Corryong College band entertaining the parade onlookers. Work horses of all kinds are on display during the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival parade held on Friday afternoon.


Back to Top

Book your Upper Murray accommodation a few months in advance!!!

Need more information? Contact our Visitor Information Centres

Come and join with the Upper Murray community in celebrating our rural lifestyle.