An Adventure Awaits…… Join an amazing real life eco-science expedition, working alongside Australian expert ecologists.
- Driving and walking
- 4 nights / 5 days
A true and brilliant Outback Australian experience. Giving you exclusive access to out-of-the-way places few have, or will ever get, the opportunity to explore. All while working alongside some of Australia’s most knowledgeable ecologists, contributing to scientific data and understanding.
What to expect:
Joining one of BOOBOOK’s Eco-Science Expedition will give you the opportunity to contribute to scientific knowledge, help inspire others and influence environmental management outcomes. Working alongside Australian expert ecologists you will be actively participating in surveys and contributing to Australian flora and fauna research, including threatened species.
This rare and special opportunity, to be able to spend five days in unstudied and biologically rich environments working with expert ecologists willing to share their knowledge, is a chance of a lifetime.
BOOBOOK’s ecologists Craig and Richard have been likened to “Harry Butler” or “David Attenborough” – their depth of knowledge and understanding of this environment and all that lives here is is out of this world. They are fabulous mentors and great communicators to boot.
During the expedition you will participate in field surveys, exploration walks and wildlife searches in some exciting and diverse areas of Outback Queensland to document flora and fauna.
Use special techniques to identify birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a range of invertebrate groups; help to collect, press and identify plant specimens; plus navigate with GPS and other devices to collect and record valuable ecological data ready for incorporation into databases and reports.
Our eco-science expeditions are conducted out of base camps with varying accommodation and facilities. No two trips will be the same!
The tour dates for the first half of 2019 are:
- 1st April to 5th April
- 7th April to 11th April
There will be hot showers and flushing toilets at these first two camps, with accommodation most likely being safari-style glamping tents with a real mattress. Other accommodation types range from old farm houses, barracks, quarters or basic tents in more remote areas.
There is always an option to bring your own tent / sleeping bag or swag. Sleeping in a swag under the clear outback skies is also a great experience! When you book please let us know if you would prefer this option.
Enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of our off-road vehicle when you are picked up from your Roma accommodation and transferred to basecamp, which can be up to 200 kms away.
Our first Eco-Science Expeditions are limited to just 10 people, guaranteeing you a personalised and inclusive expedition.
If you want to have a full 10 day experience, we’ve designed the Expeditions in such a way that you will be enjoying very different environments and scientific practices on each, so you can book for both knowing that you will be fully immersed, but not re-tracing old steps!
All meals are supplied, ensuring you are fuelled for great adventure each day.
In the evening enjoy your meal around a crackling campfire and if we’re not out spotlighting, take the opportunity to relax under open skies, sharing in a yarn or two.
During the Expedition, we will find some down time to show you some stimulating, impressive and offbeat locations such as amazing rock formations, unique Indigenous art, gorges and lookouts. We may also paddle in a canoe on a local waterhole or if the weather is right perhaps delight in a swim in the local creek.
Your contribution on this Eco-Science Expedition will advance scientific knowledge through helping to discover and document Australian plant and animal species from areas never explored before.
Activities will include day and night wildlife searches, plant collecting and participating in all day exploration hikes.
Be prepared to rough it and potentially carry a load!
Walks will be off track and could involve steep slopes (hills/mountains) and narrow gorges with uneven/loose ground, thick vegetation and long grass.
You will need good mobility and balance and the ability to walk up to 15 kms per day over potentially steep and unsteady ground, up and over rocks, through long grass/bushes.
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.
Special Introductory PRICE for our first TWO Eco-Science Expeditions
- Monday 1st April – Friday 5th April
- Sunday 7th April – Thursday 11th April
Payment plan option is available.
If a payment plan is selected we will contact you to finalise the plan.
Moderate to Hard
- Five days with experienced ecologists
- Access / day use fees to private property
- Property introduction from the owners
- Ecologist presentations
- Transfers to and from Roma
- 4 nights accommodation
- All meals
- Transfers between survey sites
- Use of survey equipment
- Sightseeing of local attractions
- Hiking poles, if required
Guests to Bring:
- Sense of adventure, good humour and questions
- Backpack or small day pack
- Full reusable water bottle
- Comfortable walking / exploring clothes including long pants and long sleeved shirts and covered-in shoes. Casual evening camp wear, noting it can get cool at night.
- Insect repellent
- Personal toiletries and towel
- Swimmers and relaxation attire
- Small torch/head torch
Up to 10 people plus BOOBOOK Ecologists
Beginning & End Times:
Departure Time: 9am from Roma, Qld (EST)
We will leave at approximately 9am from the BOOBOOK office located at 15 Quintin Street in Roma, Qld. Pickups are also available from your accommodation in Roma. Pickup times will be advised closer to the event.
Expedition Concludes: Approximately 12pm Roma, Qld (EST)
We will arrive back at the BOOBOOK office at approximately 12pm on Day 5, at which time you can also arrange to be dropped to your pre-booked accommodation in Roma.
*Mobile phone coverage will be limited
**Mornings may be cool, but the days can warm up to mid 20’s during winter and high 30’s during summer. *** Tour involves medium to long walks (with various gradients) on uneven and rocky ground. Good balance required.
****Bush toileting may be your only option during parts of some days during the expedition.
*****Except some early mornings and late evenings – as this is often when a lot of the wildlife are out and about