Published on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:41
Website revision. The Wilderness Expeditions website is undergoing refurbishment as the system has been upgraded to a new version and a number of links do not work and some information is outdated.
Kennedy Retrace 2014. This trek has 4 participants so far and the rationing plan is being finalised. The three week trek departs Mount Garnet, North Queensland on 23 August and will conclude in Chillagoe on 15 September. The trek is available as two sections:
Section One: 23-31 August. This section finishes at Emu Creek Station near Petford. Kennedy's camps K XXIX to K XXXIV.
Section Two: 31 August-15 September. This section follows Edmund Kennedy's route along the Walsh River as it zig-zags through the rugged Featherbed Ranges. Kennedy's camps KXXXIV to KXLII.
Ration and Menu Revision. As a result of many items no longer being available or changing we are changing our long range menus. We are also experimenting with new staples such as Quinoa. For our three week Kennedy Retrace trek we have engaged a local Herberton Business, Love-Lee Foods, to provide dried fruit and vegetables. We now have over 30 daily menus so we should not have to repeat any main courses during even the longest treks.
Short and Extended Camping Treks into Queensland's Tropical Outback and Cape York
Published on Thursday, 29 October 2009 16:31
Enjoy exploring Australia's tropical forests and outback, see wildlife, live some heritage, and discover interesting places well off the beaten track with a friend to carry your gear.
Trained and experienced pack donkeys carry your food and home comforts across the roughest terrain fully supervised by an interperative guide.
Treks can be as short as one day, overnight, or extend to three weeks or longer, enabling you to discover explorer's trails, early mining history, learn bush skills, see wildlife, rock-art and experience a true bush adventure.
Use of pack animals enables extended journeys to discover secluded places, generally inaccessible to others, and being able to traverse terrain unsuitable for wheeled vehicles.
Participants enjoy good food, comfortable beds, insect proof tents and wine with dinner - even in the most remote campsites.
|Trekkers celebrate the day's walking at 8 Mile Waterhole
||MacDonald MacDonald's Pack Team - West of Herberton 1890's
Pack teams enabled this vast, rugged outback landscape to be explored, prospected, settled and sustained until a network of roads and railways developed. Many of these abandoned pack and coaching roads and undefined stock routes can be retraced today and form some of our trek routes. This enables our treks to get well off the beaten track, rediscover places of interest or waterholes that have not been fished for years.
Wilderness Expeditions maintain traditional packing skills used by the early pioneers. Thes provide trekkers a challenge initially but are usually mastered within a few days.
Participation by trekkers assists the trek to run smoothly. Typical involvement around the camp may include:
- pitching and striking your own tents,
- assist with grooming, loading and unloading of donkeys,
- laying out night paddocks for the donkeys using portable electric fencing,
- collecting firewood,
- assisting in the kitchen,
- Pouring the cook a glass of wine before dinner; and
- cooking your own breakfast over an open fire.
The trek guides will prepare meals, supervise handling and loading of donkeys and attend to the safe and enjoyable conduct of the trek.
Currently we have twelve donkeys equipped with pack saddles to form up to two pack teams.The cargo capacity is in excess of 600Kg (1300 lbs or 12 cwt). That is sufficient to maintain a party for more than ten days.
The donkeys may be led individually or as a "pace" or string. Most trekkers wish to lead and care for "their" donkey.
Making Good Time along Disused Railway, Near Mt Garnet
A journey supported by a pack team becomes a satisfying, authentic, bush experience, as the pack team is self-contained and self-reliant, dispensing with any need for motor vehicle back up, and allowing independent travel throughout most our region.
Spinifex Country along Lead Creek
We work to an internationally accepted code of practice for the care of working donkeys developed by the Donkey Protection Society, UK
We apply eco- tourism principles and practices to all our operations per Eco- Tourism Association of Australia.
Our treks are described in more detail under the Safari or Expedition navigation buttons located at the top left of this page.
Additional information is found in the Frequent Questions section of the About Us page.
Note: that our treks are bushwalking - the donkeys are not equipped for riding. Participants must be prepared to complete treks by walking.
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