Mon July 24–Fri July 28, 2017
Ethabuka Reserve is a vast, magnificent desert property characterised by stunning red dunes, spinifex swales, and ephemeral wetlands, dotted with coolabah and gidgee trees. It's a haven for desert wildlife and boasts one of the richest reptile lists in Australia, including species like the Jewelled Gecko and Short-tailed Pygmy Monitor.
Our base camp will be nestled in the gidgee trees and provide wonderful views of Queensland’s open, starry skies. There will be a mix of travelling in cars and exploring on foot, with plenty of time for birdwatching, botanising, and soaking up the desert ambiance.
Having owned and actively managed this property since 2004, we've watched it make a remarkable recovery and seen how it responds to drought and flood. You'll meet Reserve Manager Matt Warr, his wife Amanda and their children, and Bush Heritage’s Healthy Landscape Manager and ecologist Dr Alex Kutt. They'll guide you around the property, sharing with you their stories and vast knowledge of this land.
In order to get around the property efficiently we will be travelling by 4WD and getting out regularly to explore.
Ethabuka is in western Queensland on the boarder of the Northern Territory. Mt Isa (662km or an 8-hour drive away) is the closest regional centre. Bedourie (about 136km away) is the closest small town with limited services including a roadhouse and pub.
Download our Tour Itinerary above for details of the facilities, vehicle requirements and preparation you'll need to be self-sufficient. Contact Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9124 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any follow up questions.
Cost: $440 (inc GST) per person. Children under 18yrs free. The cost of the trip is based on covering our costs to plan, prepare and run the visit. This ensures donations made towards conservation are not being used to subsidise visit activities.
Bookings are essential.