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Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill - Walking Holiday

Region: Queensland // Dates: 31 May - 15 June 2020 (15 nights)
Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill Walking Holiday

Outback North Queensland is a land of rocky red ridges, abundant wetlands, lush gorges, rippling grasslands and friendly country towns. Join this 16 day journey from Cairns to the Gulf of Carpentaria, south to Mt Isa and back to the tropical coast via Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Charters Towers. Travelling inland from Cairns via Crater Lakes National Park, we stay two nights in Undara’s unique railway carriages. Local guides introduce us to the fascinating world of Undara Volcanic National Park as we explore the world’s longest single vent lava flow. Continuing further west, we board the 1950 railmotor, Gulflander (also known as the Tin Hare) for the train ride from Croydon to Normanton. We then relax for two nights in Karumba, the Gulf of Carpentaria’s major fishing port. A sunset cruise on the Norman River is a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles and migratory birds among the mangroves. There is the option to go on a fishing charter plus dine on fresh fish in the evening. Travelling to the south west, we stay three nights at Adel’s Grove and explore Boodjamulla National Park / Lawn Hill Gorge with its palm-fringed waterholes and sheer sandstone walls. Canoe the waterways, swim in rock pools and walk to viewing points and Aboriginal rock art. After visiting the Riversleigh World Heritage Site in the southern section of Boodjamulla, we explore the Riversleigh Fossils Centre in Mt Isa. On our two day stop in town, there is the option to take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest underground mines. At the John Flynn museum in Cloncurry, we experience the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In the small town of Richmond, we search for dinosaur fossils at the renowned Richmond Marine Fossil Museum, also known as Kronosaurus Korner. Your tour ends in Townsville where you may like to extend your time with cruises to local islands.

Overview

Outback North Queensland is a land of rocky red ridges, abundant wetlands, lush gorges, rippling grasslands and friendly country towns. Join this 16 day journey from Cairns to the Gulf of Carpentaria, south to Mt Isa and back to the tropical coast via Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Charters Towers. Travelling inland from Cairns via Crater Lakes National Park, we stay two nights in Undara’s unique railway carriages. Local guides introduce us to the fascinating world of Undara Volcanic National Park as we explore the world’s longest single vent lava flow. Continuing further west, we board the 1950 railmotor, Gulflander (also known as the Tin Hare) for the train ride from Croydon to Normanton. We then relax for two nights in Karumba, the Gulf of Carpentaria’s major fishing port. A sunset cruise on the Norman River is a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles and migratory birds among the mangroves. There is the option to go on a fishing charter plus dine on fresh fish in the evening. Travelling to the south west, we stay three nights at Adel’s Grove and explore Boodjamulla National Park / Lawn Hill Gorge with its palm-fringed waterholes and sheer sandstone walls. Canoe the waterways, swim in rock pools and walk to viewing points and Aboriginal rock art. After visiting the Riversleigh World Heritage Site in the southern section of Boodjamulla, we explore the Riversleigh Fossils Centre in Mt Isa. On our two day stop in town, there is the option to take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest underground mines. At the John Flynn museum in Cloncurry, we experience the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In the small town of Richmond, we search for dinosaur fossils at the renowned Richmond Marine Fossil Museum, also known as Kronosaurus Korner. Your tour ends in Townsville where you may like to extend your time with cruises to local islands.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore the best of Queensland's north & outback on this 16 day journey
  • Spend two nights at eco-accredited Undara Experience, with a lava tube tour in Undara National Park
  • Experience the slow train journey of the historic Gulflander from Croydon to Normanton
  • Relax at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Enjoy a sunset river cruise, crocodile & bird watching plus local seafood dinners
  • Spend two full days of walking, swimming & canoe excursions in Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill)
  • Journey to the country towns of Croydon, Normanton, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond & Charters Towers
  • Learn about paleontology at Richmond, Riversleigh Fossil Centre & World Heritage site

Details

Details:

31 May - 15 June 2020 (15 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Cairns/ends Townsville)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,275 until 11/11/2019
Regular: A$6,775
Single Supplement: A$995 
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 2–10km per walking day. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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  • Barry Davies

    Twice-named ‘Eco Guide of the Year’ by Ecotourism Australia, Barry Davies is one of the most experienced nature tour leaders within Australia and New Zealand, with a particular passion for birds and wildlife. Since 2008 Barry has been a naturalist and lecturer aboard an expedition vessel visiting islands from Fiji to Papua New Guinea and has lead tours in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Australia and New Zealand. His work background, previously as naturalist guide and activities manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, coupled with independent guiding explorations with his own specialist touring company, Gondwana Guides, provide him with considerable cumulative knowledge of the ecological and biological nature of all regions within Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Rim.

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