A holiday with a difference

Monday 21 September, 2015
Ian Mayo at Carnarvon ReserveIan Mayo surveys the views at Carnarvon Station Reserve. Photo Annie Mayo.

One of the most popular ways to discover and explore Bush Heritage properties is through a self-guided camping trip. Our campgrounds are set in characteristic locations with basic facilities, with access to many designated tour routes and walks.

If you’re making plans for your 2016 holidays, why not consider one of our spectacular reserves where camping is available?

Bush Heritage supporters Annie and Ian Mayo recently visited Carnarvon Station Reserve in Queensland. Here’s an account of their self‑guided camping trip:

“From Augathella there’s a long and winding road that leads to Carnarvon Station Reserve. A distance of 220km, it took us nearly five hours. Rain had made the road slippery in places, plus it seemed that every blind corner had a resident cow with skittish calf. With a small tent trailer to tow, progress was slow. We arrived weary, but not too weary to appreciate what a special place we’d arrived at.

Carnarvon Reserve vistaCarnarvon Reserve. Photo Terry Cooke.

“While travelling outback Queensland, we could have been forgiven for thinking the state didn’t have groundcover. All was dry and barren, which we’d assumed was due to the drought. But our visit to Carnarvon Station Reserve quickly dispelled that notion. The place was awash with knee‑high grass. It ran across the valley floor and under the shrubs and trees.

“The campground is delightful and overlooks a small billabong. In the gathering dusk we had dinner while enjoying the stars in absolute quiet.

“The reserve is big. The main track, called ‘The Spine’, is 50km long and runs along a valley floor with steep escarpments on either side. Since we didn’t wish to spend most of our time in the car, we chose just a couple of small side trips and generally walked. A short hike up the White Stallion escarpment track gave wonderful views.

“Along the Spine we saw many birds – wedge‑tailed eagles, Australian bustards, pale‑headed rosellas and little buttonquail. We also spooked two spotted harriers, which then took to ground in the grass.

It was Carnarvon Station Reserve magic and we’ll be back to experience more.

Visiting our reserves in 2016

Bush Heritage campgrounds are available at the following locations:

  • Carnarvon Station Reserve, Qld (May to September)
  • Boolcoomatta Reserve, SA (April to November)
  • Charles Darwin Reserve, WA (April to October).

You'll need to make a booking. You can also experience Bush Heritage’s work at Hamelin Station in Shark Bay, WA. We're continuing to run the Station Stay, which offers accommodation, campsites  and various facilities. For more information, go to hamelinstationstay.com.au

For more information about these and other visitor opportunities, see our visitation page or contact Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9100.

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