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Indicative Rate* $225.00 to $6615.00 Tour - All Inclusive (Single)

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Description

Wilderness Expeditions offers bushwalking treks and expeditions in Tropical Queensland. They use pack donkeys to carry equipment and supplies. Treks may be themed to retrace the earliest explorers, pioneers or visit rock art sites and ghost towns; and can be overnight or extended to suit your requirements.

Their donkeys enable exploration of remote and rugged areas of Cape York and the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland in comfort. The pack teams carry basic camp furniture and your luggage. Trekkers do not need to carry heavy backpacks. During their walks they encounter wildlife, observe many species of birds and swim in crocodile free wild rivers. The donkeys add a further dimension to your adventure as hardworking, loveable companions

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Their treks are an authentic experience of natural travel in the Australian bush and outback.

They continue the traditions of Australian packing methods used by explorers, drovers and miners for hundreds of years. They specialise in finding places little visited by others, so they enjoy their own space.

Wilderness Expeditions' treks have been developed during 12 years of operation. They use good quality, insect proof tents; beds and other camp furniture. Tasty meals are cooked over open fires using authentic camp ovens.

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Property Details

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park
  • Guide
    Guide
  • Waiting Area
    Waiting Area

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Cooking
    Cooking
  • Prospecting
    Prospecting
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking

Other Information

Children:
By arrangement. Younger children enjoy the novelty and company of the donkeys during shorter walks. The duration and difficulty of extended walks make them unsuitable for children under 12 years. Children may not ride on the donkeys as the saddles are not suitable for riding..

Pets Allowed:
Yes. By arrangement. Walks may be conducted on leasehold grazing land where dogs are not permitted or dingo baits have been laid.


Jungleman's Walkabout

Looking along the Wild River into the start of the Gorge and Cataracts

Australia's favourite adventure writer, Ion Idriess, briefly lived in the Herberton area before World War One. The Jungleman's Walkabout trek explores an adventure described by Idriess in his book "Back O' Cairns" published in 1957, from his diaries compiled some 46 years earlier.

The Cairns Railway had advanced to Herberton, John Moffat's mining empire was reaching it's peak, and new towns were springing up as new mineral wealth was discovered. The Jungle Man invites Idriess to explore this bonanza "then we can follow right up the divide, and drop down on Stannary Hills or Irvinebank. An easy walk...."

Over a thousand pack mules toiled throughout the region.

The building from which Idriess purchased his notebooks is still on the same street corner in Herberton, but now houses a unique camera museum. Remains of mining endeavours reported by Idriess are scattered along the way. Irvinebank is no longer the exciting and busy industrial centre he records, but a quaint remnant hidden in the hills.

This walk retraces disused pack tracks, explores the Wild River Gorge, visits a rock art gallery, provides views over rugged ranges, including the Dargo Range (1400 metres) and an opportunity to explore Loudon House Museum in Irvinebank.

Tour Information


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Yes.
By arrangement from Cairns or Atherton Tablelands centres

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 05 - 10 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)
Departures from 12 - 17 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)
Departures from 19 - 24 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek: Starts during Easter Holiday (6 day camping)
Departures from 26 Apr - 01 May 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)
Departures from 07 - 12 Jun 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)
Departures from 28 Jun - 03 Jul 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)
Departures from 05 - 10 Jul 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Jungleman's Walkabout Trek (6 day camping)

Tour Departs From

Tour Travels To

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$1320.00$1320.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive


Other Information

Children: This trek is unsuitable for children under 12 years.



Wild River Ramble

Pack donkey on Wild River Ramble Walk

This is an introductory two-day walk along the Wild River following cattle and brumby pads, winding through impressive "old man" Forest Red Gums. There are opportunities to observe platypus along the river and at the campsite. The bird list for this area is 127 species.

Two days, one night camping, fully guided by an experienced donkey packer. The pack donkeys carry your luggage, food and camping gear. Sleep on a bed, under the stars in an insect proof "Mossie Dome" tent or use the fly-sheet in cooler weather. Sleeping bags can be provided at a nominal hire to cover cleaning or bring your own. A hot shower in nature's bathroom can taken pioneer style using traditional shower bucket, or enjoy a swim before dinner.

A tasty dinner is cooked over an open fire using traditional Bedourie camp ovens and served with a glass or two of wine. A short walk to gain an understanding of local geology history and ecology of the area follows a cooked breakfast of bacon and muffins or eggs Benedict. Return via the same route with lunch along the track.

Tour Information


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Yes.
By prior arrangement from Cairns or Atherton Tableland Centres

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 25 - 26 Jan 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (Australia Day Holiday Weekend)
Departures from 05 - 06 Apr 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 12 - 13 Apr 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 26 Apr 2014
Departures from 26 - 27 Apr 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 07 - 08 Jun 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2 days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 28 - 29 Jun 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2 days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 05 - 06 Jul 2014
Departures from 20 - 21 Sep 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2 days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 27 - 28 Sep 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (2 days, 1 night camping)
Departures from 04 - 05 Oct 2014
8:00am -
- 4:00pm
Wild River Ramble (QLD Labour Day Holiday Weekend - 2 days, 1 night camping)

Tour Departs From

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$225.00$225.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive


Other Information

Children: Suitable for children 10 years and older. Children may not ride the donkeys when tired.



Wild River Explorer

A pack donkey on Wild River trek

A three day, two night walk, an extension of the Wild River Ramble:

Day One. Meet and finalise the packing of the donkeys. Then a short day though river flats and stands of Forest Red Gums to camp at "Bullocks Crossing" on the Wild River. They will have some time to explore the local history, settle into their camping routine, and perhaps be fortunate to witness the platypus in the waterhole next to the camp.

Day Two, after repacking the donkeys, they follow an original packing road to the "Triple Tree" campsite with a short morning tea en-route. Hidden on a bend on the Wild River, this pristine campsite is unknown to others. They enjoy a late lunch then have time to explore the cataracts and swim in the many clear pools.

Day Three. Rejoin the pack road to detour around the Wild River Gorge, boil a billy at a spring, and then push on to lunch at a waterhole at The Junction. See an example of bush engineering - a water race built at the turn of the century; and enjoy a final swim before a vehicle transfers trekkers to Kalinvale through the historic mining area of Silver Valley.

Tour Information


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Yes.
By arrangement from Cairns or Atherton Tableland centres

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 25 - 27 Jan 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 day camping - Australia Day holiday)
Departures from 05 - 07 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 12 - 14 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 19 - 21 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping - Easter)
Departures from 26 - 28 Apr 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 28 - 30 Jun 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 05 - 07 Jul 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 20 - 22 Sep 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 27 - 29 Sep 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)
Departures from 04 - 06 Oct 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Wild River Explorer (3 days camping)

Tour Departs From

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$660.00$660.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive


Other Information

Children: The duration and conditions of this walk makes it unsuitable for children under 10 years old. Children may not ride the donkeys as the saddles are only for cargo.



In The Footsteps of Leichhardt

2004 Group posing in front of a Termite Mound on Big Anthill Creek, named by Leichhardt

Ludwig Leichhardt is the first European overland explorer of Northern Australia. This pack donkey expedition retraces Leichhardt's route from Valley of Lagoons and the headwaters of the mighty Burdekin River, across the Great Dividing Range and through the rugged Lynd River gorges.

168 years ago,Leichhardt named both rivers for sponsors and benefactors of his 1844-45 expedition that traversed northern Australia from Brisbane to Port Victoria Settlement, north of today's Darwin. He used horses and pack bullocks. The modern route will present similar conditions to those of 1845. Travelling in similar fashion, using the Wilderness Expeditions donkey pack team to carry supplies and equipment. Many of Leichhardt's campsites will be identified, and where possible his actual route will be traversed. Rate of travel will be similar.

A a copy of his journal and his field notes will be taken, from which comparisons of his and this journey can be made.

The trek is offered annually as a complete 32 day expedition or three shorter sections:

The Land of The Lotus Eaters (9 days),

Search Over The Ranges (6 days), and

Descent of the Lynd (17 days).

Sections may be booked separately or in combination. The meeting place is Cairns or Ravenshoe.

Tour Information


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Yes.
By prior arrangement from Cairns or Atherton Tableland Centres

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 10 May - 08 Jun 2014

Tour Departs From

Tour Travels To

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$1715.00$6615.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive (Single)


Other Information

Children: Unsuitable for children under 12 years due to distance and conditions likely to be encountered.



Kennedy Retrace

Charlie seeks attention at a rest break

Edmund Kennedy was the second European overland explorer of North Queensland. Of 12 men that landed with Kennedy at Rockingham Bay, nine perished and Kennedy died of spear wounds at the Escape River. Jacky Jacky, the Aboriginal guide, William Goddard and William Carron were the only survivors. Lean more of this tragedy during this trek.

This trek retraces Kennedy's route from near Mount Garnet (Camp XXIX) over the Great Dividing Range into the headwaters of Emu Creek. There will be time to visit the Emuford Stamper Battery which remains in the turn of the century operating condition. They will pause to resupply and adjust their party at Emu Creek Station, the site of a landmark recorded on Kennedy's maps and home to elusive rock wallabies.

Then follow down the Walsh through the ironically named "Featherbed Ranges", the walls of several enormous prehistoric calderas. Spend a rest day at some hot springs surrounded by rugged ranges. They will finish at Camp XLII, close to the Bourke Development Road, transfer to Chillagoe's Observatory and Eco-lodge to settle back into civilisation overnight. There will be an opportunity to explore some of Chillagoe's sights. Celebrate at dinner. Transfer to Cairns the following morning.

Tour Information


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Yes.
At additional cost, by arrangement from Cairns or Atherton Tableland centres

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 23 Aug - 01 Sep 2014
Departures from 23 Aug - 14 Sep 2014
Departures from 01 - 07 Sep 2014

Tour Departs From

Tour Travels To

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$2450.00$4900.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive (Single)




Packers' Ghosts Trek

The Smelter constructed at the Town of Rocky Bluffs at the Turn of the Century

This trek is named for the packers and drivers of the thousands of horses, mules and bullocks that plied the "Back O' Cairns" before motor trucks took over the carriage of ore, machinery and goods. This trek uses old pack and dray routes to visit ghost towns that came and went with the discoveries of mineral wealth.

From Herberton return, via Rocky Bluffs, Montalbion, Irvinebank and Lancelot, a circuit of some 90 kilometres. Swim at the geological anomaly- Natural Bridge, and admire views from the Dargo Range before plummeting into Silver valley. There will be time to quench thirsts at the Irvinebank Tavern and visit the Loudoun House Museum, once the family home of John Moffat, North Queensland's own mining magnate. An inspection of a rock art gallery in Silver Valley and a search for platypus along the Wild River during the final day.

Pack donkeys carry your luggage, food and camping gear. Sleep under the stars on a bed in an insect proof "Mossie Dome". Bring your own sleeping bag, or hire one for a nominal cleaning fee. Fully guided,with a carefully researched commentary on natural and pioneer histories that they pass.

Tour Information


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Yes.
By prior arrangement at additional cost. From Cairns and Atherton Tableland centres.

Tour Departure / Return Times
Departures from 03 - 09 May 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Packers' Ghost Trek (seven days camping)
Departures from 05 - 11 Jul 2014
- 4:00pm
8:00am -
Packers' Ghosts Trek

Tour Departs From

Tour Travels To

Rates*

FromToInclusions
$1550.00$1550.00Adult Tour - All Inclusive


Other Information

Children: Conditions and distances make this walk unsuitable for children under 12 years.



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