Donkeys are real characters and ideal for packing with people as they:
- carry up to 22% of their bodyweight,
- suited to harsh dry conditions,
- require less feed than horses,
- do well on native tropical grasses,
- unaffected by many plants poisonous to horses and camels,
- resistant to disease,
- very surefooted,
- do not require shoeing,
- walk a human pace, and
- enjoy human company.
Our donkeys are not shod with steel shoes. They cause little damage to unprepared tracks so they are very envirionmentally friendly.
HOW FAR DO WE WALK?
Walks are tailored to the group's requirements and/ or the terrain.
Normal daily distances are 7 to 15km with the donkeys carrying all the food and camping gear. Daily distances during expeditions may exceed 20km to replicate the explorer's schedule.
WHERE ARE WE BASED?
We are based in the Historic Mining Town of Herberton, which is approximately 120km South-West of Cairns,on the southern rim of the Atherton Tablelands, Tropics of North Queensland, Australia. This region is about 920 m ASL. This altitude enjoys low relative humidity and lower daily temperatures than the coast, making it very suitable for bushwalking. This area is otherwise known as the Tropical Highlands, The Cairns Highlands, The Cairns Outback or the Cairns Hills Stations.
Our treks and expeditions may start and finish anywhere on Cape York serviced by some form of public transport.
WHERE DO WE GO?
Our Backyard is the vast Cape York Wilderness and the beautiful Atherton Tablelands of North Queensland, Australia.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?
You see, hear, smell and taste some of the wonders of the Aussie bush, including the wildlife including wallabies, wallaroos, rufus bettongs, platypus, goannas, water dragons, more than 125 species of birds. Floral displays of nature are always on show. We visit lesser known sites of Northern Australia's pioneer history, and spectacular scenery not often visited by others.
HOW MUCH DOES A DONKEY CARRY?
A donkey will carry aproximately 15-20% of their body weight, which could be between 40 and 80 kg. The load is carried in purpose designed pack bags made of canvas with a capacity of 35-75 litres. The bags must balance to prevent strain being placed on the donkey's back and to prevent the load slipping . Items that don't fit in a pack can be roped onto the saddle as a "top load".
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
We include and promote local produce including Herberton based LoveLee Cooking who provide our dehydrated vegetables and other delicacies.
• Lunches are tasty picnics making the best of fresh local ingredients.
• Meals during camping treks are cooked in camp ovens over open wood fires
• Expedition meals are based on dried ingredients to provide tasty and filling three course dinners, nutritious breakfasts and lunches.
• Wine is served with evening meals when appropriate.
• Gourmet picnics are available on request.