Point the wheels of your 4WD towards the Simpson Desert and join Bush Heritage Reserve Manager Peter Welldon for a five-day tag-along camping trip on the magnificent desert reserves of Cravens Peak and Ethabuka.
These vast properties offer a diversity of landscapes including spectacular red dune fields, ephemeral waterbodies, rocky gorges and expansive escarpments. The landscapes of the reserves have regenerated remarkably since we purchased them in 2004 and 2008, thanks to a combination of our careful management and above-average rainfall.
Red-necked avocet at Pulchera Waterhole on Ethabuka Reserve. Photo: Wayne Lawler / Ecopix
Pulchera waterhole at Ethabuka reserve has had near permanent water for 5 years, and promises to be a highlight for bird and wildlife enthusiasts.
While 4WDs are essential to get around these reserves, there will be time to explore on foot. You will travel at a relaxed pace and camp each night under the stars.
Limited spaces are available.
Dates: 10-14 June, 2013
Price: $500 per person
Location: Cravens Peak and Ethabuka reserves are located in western Queensland on the Northern Territory boarder. They are in a very remote part of Australia with limited services at hand. Mt Isa is the closest regional centre, with Boulia being the closest town to Cravens Peak and Bedourie being the closest to Ethabuka. Participants must be well prepared for travel in remote locations in order to join this trip.
Vehicle requirements: 4WD (high clearance) vehicle is essential with 2 spare tyres and rated towing points. No trailers please.
Driving experience: Off road/4WD experience recommended but not essential. Once on the reserve you will be supported by travelling in convoy and reserve staff will provide guidance for travelling safely around the reserve.
What to bring: You will need to be self-sufficient with your own/hire high clearance 4WD vehicle in excellent working condition, all your own camping equipment, food for the duration of the trip (except for one evening meal on designated group dinner), 20 litres per person of drinking water (we can re supply at Cravens and Ethabuka), a first aid kit and personal medical supplies.
Fuel: Fuel is not available on the reserves. You therefore need to bring adequate supplies for the duration of the trip. We anticipate you'll travel around 700km including 187km drive from Boulia to Cravens Peak, 136km drive from Ethabuka to Bedourie and approximately 400km driving on reserves. Most dual fuel and 120L long range fuel tanks will be adequate, but please ensure you bring enough for your vehicles use.
Bush Heritage supplies: Experienced staff, emergency communication equipment, access to Royal Flying Doctors Service, one evening group meal, access to water for resupplies.
Itinerary: We plan to keep a flexible itinerary in order to maximise the best opportunities at the time of visiting. Needless to say you will visit many of the iconic locations on these properties.
- Day 1: Arrive at Cravens Peak late morning
- Days 2-4: Cravens Peak and Ethabuka
- Day 5: Depart Ethabuka mid-morning
To book your spot, call Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9124 or email [email protected]
To find out about other reserves you can visit, go to our reserve visits page.