Ethabuka, Qld (July 24–28)

Author image Katrina Blake
Last updated: Monday 27 February, 2017

Mon July 24–Fri July 28, 2017

Reserve Manager Matt Warr with wife Amanda and children Bella and Maddy. Photo Kate Cranney.
Reserve Manager Matt Warr with wife Amanda and children Bella and Maddy. Photo Kate Cranney.
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. 

A bearded Dragon basks in the sun. Photo Wayne Lawler/EcoPix.
A bearded Dragon basks in the sun. Photo Wayne Lawler/EcoPix.
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.

Location

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.

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Black Kite glides past the moon at Ethabuka. Photo Wayne Lawler/EcoPix.
Black Kite glides past the moon at Ethabuka. Photo Wayne Lawler/EcoPix.
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 kblake@bushheritage.org.au 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.

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Bookings are managed during business hours Monday to Friday (AEST) and may take 48 hours to confirm.

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