THE BIG BLUE DUCK RIDE

What to expect:

Start your adventure staying at Alpine Nature Experience’s Eco-village and enjoy a delicious chef prepared meal, before tucking in for a comfortable night in their unique tree tents.

Get up the next day to the smell of fresh coffee, eggs and bacon. Hop on your bike and start the epic downhill ride to Omeo, a whopping 1400m drop over 55km of wide turns in amazing alpine scenery. After a quick coffee in Omeo, you’ll get back on the saddle for fast ride along the Cobungra river before leaving the Bingo Munjie grassland and making your way on the flat but windy road through the deep forest towards Angler’s rest. There, the iconic Blue Duck and its cold beers await.

The Blue Duck is at the junction of the Cobungra, the Bundara and the Mitta Mitta rivers, surrounded by one million acres of Alpine National Park. Licenced since 1912, the historic Blue Duck is renowned for its wholesome local food and wine served in the friendly atmosphere of a traditional country pub!

After a copious meal and an optional nap by the river, get picked up at the pub and transported back to Alpine Nature Experience’s eco-village to enjoy their renowned pizza night (Sat only) by the fire before falling asleep looking at the stars from the comfort of your tent.

This iconic ride has been designed with exclusivity in mind. Very limited weekends are available and group numbers are capped at 6 people to ensure a personalised and unforgettable experience.

Head to the booking page to see available dates.
Add-on options are available for a fully- catered experience, such as return transport from Melbourne and additional hikes or upgrade to our Premium Vista tent.

Fitness level and gear

A reasonable cycling fitness level is essential to ensure that you enjoy the ride. You will need to have a appropriate road bike, gravel bike or advanced commuter, as well as appropriate clothing and hydration.
City bikes or mountain bikes aren’t suitable for this ride. 
Climb: 600m – Descent: 1550m

Riding experience and active lifestyle necessary.

Bikes can be locked up at night in a secured fully enclosed trailer. 

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Included in your adventure:

The offering includes: 2 nights eco-glamping in tree top tents at Alpine Nature Experience’s Eco-village, locally-sourced meals and transfer from the Blue Duck to the eco-village.

We also provide a safety assistance and sag wagon, giving you the peace of mind needed to enjoy the ride on our stunning high country roads. 

Custom package:

Dream it and we will make it happen. 
We can tailor the ride to your requirements and offer a range of options to suit your needs. 

Not the glamping type? We can organise a luxurious accommodation with one of our partners at Hotham. 

More than 6 people in your group? We can organise a tailored package for your group. 

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Facilities:

Our eco-village is set up to be unique with one motto: Simplicity is a luxury.
There you will get to experience nature from above, levitating off the ground while watching the stars with your partner or a friend in our unique Tree Top Tent.
Most food is cooked on the fires with a focus on local fresh organic produce.
We also have limited power to recharge your phone, hot camp shower, a selection of soft drinks and local beers wines and spirits.

Limited Power

Fully equipped unique tree top tent

Hot shower

Fully Licensed (No BYO)

Fantastic food cooked on the fire!

Dry Toilets

Warm Drinks

All inclusive offer

Luggage transfer

Fully sustainable and eco-friendly

Rates & details :

From $1390 per couple the full experience, including:

  • 2 nights Tree Tent glamping at Alpine Nature Experience’s eco-village
  • 2 breakfasts & dinners
  • Pub Lunch at The Blue Duck
  • Transfer back from The Blue Duck to the eco-village
  • Essential safety gear (PBL, GPS etc.)
  • Secured storage for your bikes
  • Safety car and assistance on call

Option without the accommodation if you prefer to just do the ride and dinner: From $490pp.
Ask us for details.

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Extend your stay or upgrade your experience :

Upgrade your tree tent to our premium Vista tent and enjoy the best view on the Dargo valley, a woodfire hot tub and a complimentary bottle of sparkling.  
See tents options details here. 

Add a night at the eco-village or in our partner’s luxurious accommodation at Hotham and enjoy our privileged rates. 

There are a range of activities available during the day to fill you stay including short walks, day hikes, bike riding, gourmet BBQ etc. Or simply relax and enjoy the fresh pure Alpine air for a few more days.

Ask us how we can help organise the perfect stay for you. 

For the latest events list and available activities, have a look on the Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain websites: 

Mount Hotham
DINNER PLAIN

“Jean-Francois and his team have created a magical little place on the high plains, and you really feel like you’re a million miles away from anything. Wonderful food and hospitality, could not recommend this highly enough if you want a unique and memorable experience “

     

Stephanie Bateman – Facebook review

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