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Published on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:41
End of Bushwalking Season
The weather around The Atherton Tablelands and Herberton has heated up as the season develops towards the "Wet". We are now expecting regular daily temperatures of mid to high 30o C. Surface water supplies and grass are becoming scarce. The risk of bushfires is high for the next two months or until the first storms arrive. Consequently we are suspending our walking program and commencing our farm maintenance cycle until local conditions becme suitable for our visitors to enjoy bushwalking and exploring.
22 November. Wet Season has Commenced? A couple of heavy thunderstorms heralded the arrival of some wet weather. Unstable atmospheric conditions have been the reason for some good soaking rain as well. Darwin has faced the first cyclonne for this season already (albeit a Cat 1). The Wild River had fallen to barely a trickle and is now flowing healthily again. The country is greening up and the donkeys should have reliable grass for Christmas. This will be a welcome relief from feeding hay. Many trees have started flowering in preparation for the "Green season".
It is planned to publish our 2014 and 2015 program of walks on Google Calendars, see the link above. The link is now working after some adjustment. I apologise for any inconvenience.The 2014 calendar is in the process of being transcribed for publication in a different format.
Short and Extended Camping Treks into Queensland's Tropical Outback and Cape York
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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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