Mill Valley Ranch provides a wonderful opportunity for riders of all ages to experience and connect with horses in our Western Horse Riding Program. Enjoy riding in our professional facilities and through the beautiful surrounds at Mill Valley Ranch.

Our structured School Riding Program gives students an opportunity to ride in small groups and develop skills focussing on controlling their horse and basic horsemanship under the supervision of our Horse Safety Australia qualified instructors.  Students develop confidence and character through this activity which also encourages leadership qualities. Our riding program focuses on safety, education and fun using well trained horses that cater for all riding abilities.

During our Holiday Riding Program riders work through a series of levels (Cowpoke to Horseman) designed to enhance the rider’s ability and understanding of horses. Ranchers are required to demonstrate a series of skills and tasks to progress to the next level. Many of our ranchers and staff have gone on to professional careers in the horse industry, as well as many developing a lifelong connection and enjoyment of horse riding.

Ranch Activities

WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP

Mill Valley Ranch offers a Western Riding Program and is structured to accommodate beginners to experienced riders. Ranchers have the opportunity to learn and ride in a safe environment, with Horse Safety Australia qualified instructors. Ranchers learn responsibility and life skills, caring for the horses in a supportive team environment.

ARCHERY

With the ranch lake and sports field as a backdrop, the archery range is a spot for students to experience a unique sport and develop a new skill.

ROPES COURSE

Set in the pleasant shelter of a pine forest, the low ropes course is ideal, as it is challenging without being threatening.  The circular course can be completed without touching the ground, making time trials a highlight of healthy competition.

CANOEING

Enjoy a paddle around Kangaroo Lake as you soak in the valley’s tranquil environment. Trained instructors will equip students with the skills to safely and capably canoe on flat water.

LAKE ACTIVITIES

Our lake activities are seasonal but nothing beats cooling off in Kangaroo Lake on a hot summer afternoon under the watchful eye of our Lifeguard and Staff. PFDs (Personal Flotation Device) are worn at all times at the Lake and we have a designated swimming area where the pontoon is a hit.

INITIATIVES

Our Initiatives course and team problem solving puzzles will encourage groups to cooperate and work together to achieve their goal.  A great activity that promotes lateral thinking, a putting others first attitude and unity within a team.

FERRIS WHEEL

A once in a lifetime ride that you’ll never forget!  Grab a friend, climb aboard the two seater and strap yourselves in for a thrill of pure exhilaration!

BUSH TUCKER

A great opportunity to learn some bush skills.  Students will learn what it takes to build and start a healthy fire for cooking and have a chance to exercise these skills as they cook bush pancakes or damper over hot coals.  A Mill Valley experience not to be missed!

ROGAINING

Embark on a team journey that will take you through scenic paddocks, bushland and swamps over some of the 73 hectares of Ranch landscape, to experience the majestic views of the valley.  Many different courses are setup with paths to suit various time frames and age groups.  The handy skills of map reading and compass use will be taught in a briefing session and students will be given an opportunity to put what they’ve learnt into practise with training checkpoints, prior to tackling the course.

BARK HUT TOUR

Go back in time to the early 1900’s and take on the lifestyle of the pioneers of the area as you absorb relevant Australian History that the traditional Bark Hut has to offer.  It will put a physical image to stories and information learnt in the classroom or from prior research and provide students with a great insight into how life was lived without power, internet, cars and so many modern appliances that we take for granted.

ECO TOUR

Take a walk through beautiful bushland as you learn about native flora and fauna, to gain an appreciation for their role in the ecosystem.  This educational trail will provide students with an introduction to environmental awareness and conservation skills.

COWBOY CHAPEL

The Chapel is an integral part of the 1880’s Western town.  This is where the town-folk came every week to sing songs and hear an important message.  When the Cowboy Chapel bell rings, students will be taken back to those times and introduced to a number of songs with fun actions as well as hear a valuable life lesson with a relevant Christian message.  A great time for all to enjoy!

WIGGLY WETLANDS

An exploration of the local wetlands ecosystem in and around Cannibal Creek, Kangaroo Lake and the surrounding swamplands, which are home to many macroscopic animals.

COMMANDO COURSE

An Army style training course designed to test various areas of physicality.  Time trials will get the heart pumping!

AMAZING RACE

An engaging quest around the Ranch site to find items and answers – one for all the Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts out there.

TRAMPOLINE

Our full size in ground trampoline provides the perfect place to learn and develop your trampoline skills.

CRAFT

A fun, engaging activity that will encourage students to create a work of art that has a story or some meaning behind it.

FRISBEE GOLF

16 holes of cross country frisbee golf will challenge even the best frisbee throwers!  Take your friends and see who can get the best score and who can get under par.  A camp classic.

RECREATIONAL GAMES

Quoits, bocce and croquet championships are among the fun activities that make up our unique recreational games program.

Even those who don’t consider themselves ‘creative’ come out with some impressive pieces.

GAGA

A knock out ball sport for the energetic.  Beat your friends inside the Gaga arena by hitting them beneath the knees with the bouncy Gaga ball using one hand only – an addictive sport for all ages.  Last man (or girl) standing wins!

CAMP OUTS

Make the most of the valley’s ‘Promised Land’.  You’ll be greeted with amazing views from your hilltop camp out location.  Enjoy a night around the campfire and cook up a feast with an abundance of stars lighting up the sky that you will never experience in the built up areas of Melbourne.  What better way to get the morning started than a bush camp breakfast cook up over the hot coals!

FREE TIME ACTIVITIES

Ed’s Alley, table tennis, pool, stilts, basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, cricket, checkers, chess, snakes and ladders, cards, hookey and more!

Contact Us for more information

Mill Valley Ranch: 

Phone: (03) 5942 8356

Email: info@mvr.org.au

Web: www.mvr.org.au

Baptist Camping Victoria:

Phone: (03) 5263 3222

Email: office@baptistcamping.com.au

Mill Valley Ranch has an excellent safety record with its Horsemanship Program and is operated by instructors who have Horse Safety Australia qualifications.  Safety standards state that a child must be at least 10 years of age to be able to participate in a trail ride and these will only be available to groups who are deemed capable by MVR trained Staff.  Leaders of the group are welcome to participate in the Horse activities as long as they are covered by the group’s insurance. In the interests of health and welfare for staff, horses and riders the Riding Program Manager reserves the right to determine an individual’s ability to ride, based on weight and physical agility and exclude them if required.