Yourka Family Camp, Qld (Sep 27-30)

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Last updated: Thursday 12 May, 2016

Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 September 2016.

The Hales family will be your hosts at Yourka Reserve.
The Hales family will be your hosts at Yourka Reserve.
This trip is ideal for families with children as Reserve Managers Paul and Leanne Hales have lived and worked in the bush with their children Beth (10 years) Macey (8 years) and Seeley (6 years) for the past 10 years.

Yourka Reserve is a stunning property with lots of interesting things to do and see for all age groups. At around 43,500 hectares, it protects a vast range of different ecosystems; in fact it's recognised as one of Australia’s biodiversity ‘hot spots’.

Sunday Creek on Yourka Reserve. Photo Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Sunday Creek on Yourka Reserve. Photo Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Camp under big bright skies, wake to a dawn chorus of bird calls, picnic and swim at a gorge with milky blue water, spotlight for those tricky nocturnal animals, try your hand at pitfall trapping or working out those strange footprints in the sand.

And if that's not enough, we can climb to a lookout to spy across the country or go snorkelling or canoeing at Cameron Creek.

The pristine waters of Cameron Creek on Yourka Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
The pristine waters of Cameron Creek on Yourka Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.


Price: $330 (inc GST) per person. Children under 18yrs free. Prices are based on covering our costs to plan, prepare and run the visit. This ensures donations made for conservation aren't subsidising tours.


Yourka is in far north Queensland, about 130km west of Cairns. Innot Hot Springs is the nearest settlement, about 44km away and is the last chance for fuel. Note: While Yourka is reasonably close to a regional centre, access to medical and emergency services can be slow due to variable road conditions.

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Does this trip suit you?

You'll need:

  • to enjoy camping and travelling with children
  • a suitable vehicle and relevant driving experience (see details below)
  • to enjoy bush camping (with flushing toilet and bush shower on site)
  • to have an interest in the natural environment
  • a flexible attitude should conditions change, and
  • to be in good health.

Vehicle requirements: AWD or 4WD vehicle in excellent working condition and equipped for off-road travel. Off-road camper trailer/vans are ok.

Driving experience: While you don't need to be experienced with a 4WD you do need to be comfortable driving on unsealed roads. The tracks on this reserve vary from sand to rocky surfaces, sometimes with quite steep gradients. Once on the reserve you'll be travelling in convoy and guided by reserve staff. There will be lots of time spent out of cars.

What to bring:

  • all your own camping equipment
  • food and drinks for the duration of the trip
  • a large water container (10 to 20 litres – there's plenty of water on site for filling)
  • first aid kit and personal medical supplies
  • UHF radio – this will be the main form of communication between vehicles. Bush Heritage may have some handsets available for use.

Fuel: Fuel isn't available on the reserve. You need to bring adequate supplies for the duration of the trip. We anticipate once on reserve you may cover about 200km. On top of this you'll need to allow for travelling in and out of the reserve. Innot Hot Springs is the closest fuel stop, about 44km away.

Bush Heritage supplies: Knowledgeable and experienced staff to guide you safely around the property, kid friendly activities, emergency communication equipment, access to local field guides and species lists, water supplies.


The itinerary will be kept very flexible to work around personal interests, families and conditions on the reserve at the time. Examples of the activities have been mentioned above, but are not limited to these.

Day 1: Meet at Innot Hot Springs at 2pm. Convoy to Yourka Reserve, set up camp, introductions, safety briefing, afternoon activity.

Day 2&3: Fun activities while exploring the reserve.

Day 3: Pack up camp, depart the reserve by 10am.


Spaces are limited. To register your interest, submit the form below. We'll be in contact shortly to confirm your attendance. A detailed trip itinerary and payment forms will be sent to participants at a later date. For further information please contact Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9124 or

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