From rustic buildings and old farm machinery to cycad groves and multicoloured sandstone cliffs, our region is a photographer's paradise. This small group retreat takes you to little-accessed areas of the Carnarvon Ranges and has something for every interest from spectacular sunsets to the micro world of birds, plant and insects. The retreat is hosted by Boobook's ecologists Craig and Meryl Eddie, and photographic partner and mentor Greg Sullavan, who is an expert in landscape and nature photography.
- Driving and walking
- 4 nights / 4 days
Get ready to click that camera as we traverse hidden worlds with thousands of years of history, in a part of Queensland that few have ever explored. With exclusive access to some of Australia’s best privately owned outback locations, we bring you the stunning Carnarvon Ranges, including Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
Photographic partner, Greg Sullavan(Sunburst Studio Pty Ltd), will be on board to make sure you get the very best from your nature, landscape and macro photographic experiences. During this unique opportunity within a small group, you will be photographing inland Queensland’s wondrous natural ecosystems, lesser-known Australian wildlife, ancient cycads, Aboriginal rock art, farm animals, rustic buildings, old/new machinery, Roma Cattle Sale, stain glass church windows, night skies, sunsets, sunrises and much more.
The tour is led by Craig and Meryl Eddie from Boobook Ecotours, who are recognized ecological experts across Outback Queensland, with an unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge. In addition to being an ecological encyclopedia, Craig is a huge rugby league fan and can play the didgeridoo. From boyhood, Craig has had an inexplicable fascination with land snails and is even credited for the discovery of many new species – ask him about the ones with fuzzy noses if you dare.
Accommodation the first night will be in town of Roma. Our home for the next three nights is the Wallaroo Outback Retreat, with 10 recently renovated glamping tents, 5 with Ensuites and 5 with rustic shared bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an atmospheric lodge building built from timber milled on the property. This is camping with style! Enjoy a yarn, a glass of wine and some camp oven cooking around the rustic fire pit while spotting for rock wallabies against the cliffs.
Numbers are strictly limited, this is how to book:
- Call Boobook Ecotours: +61 7 4622 2646, or book online at boobookecotours.com.au
- Make own arrangements getting to Roma, Qld, which is about a five and half hour drive west of Brisbane along the fully sealed Warrego Highway. Qantas Link flies daily between Roma and Brisbane (one hour flight)
- Make your own way to Roma, Qld
- Check in any time after 14:00
- 16:30 Pick up from your accommodation for Dinner and Introductions
- Accommodation at the Roma Inland Motel
- 0730: meet at BOOBOOK office 15 Quintin Street, Roma. Parking for cars will be available on our premises beside our garage at the back of our office.
- 0800: Visits to local Roma attractions including local buildings and the Roma Saleyards complex – the largest cattle selling centre in the southern hemisphere
- Lunch at a local Hotel
- Mid Afternoon we will leave Roma for the Carnarvon Ranges and our glamping accommodation at the Wallaroo Outback Retreat (1.75 hours travel)
- 1830 ish arrive and check in to the Wallaroo Outback Retreat – exact arrival time will be dependent on what we photograph along the way
- Scrumptious campfire dinner and settle in around the fire pit
- Optional spotlight walk
- Sunrise photo shoot at the Arcadia Valley lookout
- Half day property tour visiting a range of attractions which will include expansive views, sandstone rock formations, gorges, caves, farm infrastructure, farm animals, wildlife and some wildflowers.
- Return the retreat and the afternoon to give you time to download photos, workshop with Greg and provide you with a little downtime.
- Sunset Views at Rainbow Cave / The Sphinx Lookout
- Dinner upon return to the Retreat
- Optional stargazing or spotlight for nocturnal wildlife.
- Accommodation: Wallaroo Outback Retreat
Day Four :
- Optional Sunrise photo location
- After breakfast pack your own morning tea and lunch for our day visit to Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water.
- Day visit to Carnarvon Gorge National Park (Moss Gardens, Amphitheatre, Wards Canyon and Art Gallery – up to 14km return walk)
- Depart Carnarvon Gorge National Park late afternoon
- BBQ Dinner and Optional stargazing or spotlight for nocturnal wildlife.
- Accommodation: Wallaroo Outback Retreat
- Optional short early morning walk
- Breakfast, pack up
- 0830: depart Wallaroo Outback Retreat
- 1100 (approx) arrive BOOBOOK office, Roma
Grade 3: Easy to Moderate
- 3 nights accommodation at Wallaroo Outback Retreat – glamping style tents with real beds. Access to shared amenities and dining/training room
- 1-night accommodation in Roma
- Fully catered with wholesome outback tucker - 4 breakfasts, 4 morning teas, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon teas and 4 dinners
- Return transfers from your accommodation/airport in Roma/Boobook office. All transfers around the property and photographic sites in BOOBOOK’s 4WD air-conditioned vehicle
- Mentor Greg Sullavan, Sunburst Studio PTY LTD on hand the entire trip.
- Continual access to tea/coffee facilities
- National Park & Property Access Fees
- Your own ecological expert as an interpretive guide
Guests to Bring:
- Sense of adventure
- Good humour and questions
- Your own Camera kit, tripod, laptop
- Greg recommends having the latest version of Adobe Lightroom
- Small day pack
- Personal water bottles
- Comfortable walking clothes and closed-in shoes
- Casual evening camp wear, noting it can get cool at night.
- Insect repellent
- Personal toiletries and towel
- Swimmers attire
Up to 16 people twin Share
Beginning & End Times:
- 16:30 Pick up from your accommodation on 30th August 2022 for Dinner and Introductions
- 1100 (approx) arrive BOOBOOK office, on 2nd August 2022
- Locations may be remote (i.e. several hours) from the nearest town.
- Tour is weather dependent and a contingency may be required for travel if unexpected weather is experienced during the survey period.
- Mobile phone coverage is limited in areas of the tour. Guides will carry first aid & remote communication equipment.
- Guests to supply their own alcohol
- Walks will require sound levels of fitness (participants will require good mobility and balance)
- Hiking poles and headtorches available for loan if required
- Bush toileting may be your only option during parts of some days.
Accomodation:The first night will be in lovely motel within the town of Roma. Our home for the next three nights is the Wallaroo Outback Retreat, with 10 recently renovated glamping tents, 5 with ensuites and 5 with rustic detached bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an atmospheric lodge building built from timber milled on the property. This is camping with style! At the end of the day enjoy a yarn, a glass of wine and some camp oven cooking around the rustic fire pit while spotting for rock wallabies against the cliffs.