Your Itinerary

indigenous & wild

queensland

from $7,936 per person

Escape to two of Australia’s most remote and untouched wilderness areas in style, rich with age-old wisdom and sheer raw beauty as your expert field guides connect you to the land, the sky and to a rich history.

This is a journey that combines 4WD exploration, trekking, indigenous culture and rare wildlife encounters.  Visit rare millennia old artworks as well as experiencing an insider’s glimpse into life on one of Australia’s largest cattle stations. This is trip is like no other – soft adventure with a touch of perfect indulgence for those looking to experience the natural beauty of outback Australia in class.

 

Inclusions

  • Private transportation
  • 1 night in Port Douglas
  • Experienced outback Guides
  • Overnight camp including morning tea, lunch, camp oven roast dinner, all non alcoholic beverages, hot breakfast and lunch on days 2 & 3
  • 2 nights Tent, bedding and towels provided for days 2 & 3
  • 1 night in Cairns
  • All daily activities, permits and entry fees
  • One way domestic flight Cairns to Mt Isa
  • 2 nights in Mt Isa
  • 4 nights glamping at Stockcamp
  • Return trasnfers to/from Mt Isa
  • Gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) days 5 – 9

Travel Dates

starts: 06 Aug

finish: 15 Aug

 

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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival Welcome to Queensland

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight:           Thala Beach Nature Reserve Resort or similar

Day 2 – Rock Art and Indigenous Culture

An early start this morning as you set off into the Queensland outback with your expert indigenous guide. 

Continuing on, you will reach the old Jowalbinna Station where you can see Red Bluff in the distance, aka Jowalbinna, which is a mountain of cultural significance to the local indigenous people. Nearby is the historic Cobb and Co staging post and the Patrick Mail Hotel site with the remains of the sandstone floor and kitchen. Cobb and Co were a true pioneer for Australian travel in the gold rush years taking travellers between colonies and mining towns as well as further into the outback. Cobb & Co were also instrumental in setting up the mail delivery system in Australia. 

Arrive at your bush camp around lunch time. Enjoy lunch and be shown to your comfortable camping tents. After lunch, venture on a short walk to your interpretive guided rock art tour. 

In the evening, curl up around the fire  as the sounds of the Yigi Yigi (didjeridoo) echo through the valley while your roast dinner cooks on the coals. Then it’s billy tea and yarns around a campfire. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Overnight:         Private Bush Camp

Day 3 – Outback & Return to Cairns

Wake up and watch the beautiful sunrise coming up over red sandstone, escarpment country. A hot bush breakfast over the campfire will be served followed by some free time to wander and explore this rugged outback and soak up the views. When you are ready, journey back to Cairns.  (breakfast, lunch)

Overnight:         Shangri La Cairns or similar

Day 4 – Fly to Mt Isa

This morning, you will be transferred to Cairns airport for your flight to Mt Isa. Mt Isa is one of Queensland’s longest-running mining towns.  At night, the surrounding cliffs glow and zing with industry; the view of the twinkling mine lights and silhouetted smokestacks from City Lookout is strangely pretty. The surrounding country has a stark red beauty about it. (breakfast)

Overnight:         Red Earth Hotel or similar

Day 5 – Stockcamp

This morning at 9.30am, you will be picked up from your hotel and drive 190km to Camooweal where you will pause for a short break. Camooweal proudly declares itself as the ‘Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland’. 

On arrival, settle into your luxurious eco tents which are set up in a spectacular location, designed to expose you to the surrounding country. Enjoy some free time for a relaxing dip in the nearby waterhole, a lush and welcoming paradise amongst the harshness of the land, or simply relax around your camp site. (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 

Overnight:         in Glamping Bell Tents

Day 6 – Pinnacle Trail 

Enjoy an early hand-cooked breakfast with a tea station that could rival the Hilton, served at 7am before you set off for the day. Today you will hike the 9km Pinnacle Trail. Hiking isn’t always about getting from point A to point B, it’s about exploring and learning. Your path today has only been travelled by a select few.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)   

Overnight:         in Tents

Day 7 – River View Walk

Awaken this morning to the changing colours of the rising sun as you are greeted with spectacular views. Absorb the breath-taking natural treasure that is before you. After breakfast, transfer to the River View track with stunning views of the region. Today’s luxurious hike is approx. 15km. Enjoy morning tea along the trail. Along the way, be sure to stop and take in the immense natural beauty of your surroundings. Remember that you are a member of a very small club who will ever get to experience this part of the country. Your expert guide will continue to open the secrets of their country and reconnect you with the bush. Their passion and knowledge of the environment will simply inspire you. The craggy sandstone bluffs watch over you, the incredible topography and the rivers lined with gums, continue to deliver that quintessential outback landscape. You will return to camp for a long lunch. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)   

Overnight:         in Glamping Bell Tents

Day 8 – Lost City

Today you will transfer to the Lost City, a 2km walk from where you leave the vehicle and will explore the one-of-a-kind rock formations in this ancient area. The Lost City is something you need to see with your own eyes in order to comprehend just how magnificent these natural rock creations are. These layered looking towers will spire over you. Time will fly as you look in wonder at the 530 million year old Cambrian marine limestone stacks. (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 

Overnight:         in Glamping Bell Tents

Day 9 – Mt Isa

Savour your last outback breakfast before making your way back towards Mt Isa. Enjoy a short break at the Herbertvale Station homestead for morning tea and an insight into life on a working cattle station before one last gourmet lunch. Enjoy a tour of the cattle yard and if mustering is taking place, witness the spectacle of the round up process of moving livestock from one location to another. You   may see mustering done by helicopter, stockmen on horses and of course hear the thunder of the running cattle. Return to Mt Isa for an estimated 4pm time of arrival. (breakfast, lunch)

Overnight:         Red Earth Hotel or similar

Day 10 – Departure

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, as you transfer to the airport for your onwards flight. The stories you have learned and created will echo as you relive and share your journey with those back home. (breakfast)