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, gain hands on experience and contribute 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.

    Working alongside Australian expert ecologists you will actively participate in environmental surveys, gain first-hand experience in and contribute to Australian flora and fauna research, including threatened species.  Come with us for an amazing adventure in small groups to contribute to scientific knowledge, discover and document Australian plant and animal species from areas never scientifically explored before.  Each expedition will be different.

    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 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!

     

    2020 Eco-science Expedition Tour Dates:

    Our Eco-Science Expeditions are limited to just 12 people, guaranteeing you a personalised and inclusive expedition.

    Departing from Roma, Queensland, our 2020 Expedition dates are:

     

    7th to 11th September 2020 (Dawson River, Carnarvon Range)

    • Study stretches of the Dawson River which have not previously been explored by biologists. The terrain will be rough in places but include some beautiful sandstone cliff lines, caves and side gorges, providing numerous hiding places for a range of animals and habitat for plants.  Activities will include Bird Identification (observations and calls); Fauna Identification using tracks and traces (including evidence of rare and endangered species such as the Northern Quoll); Turtle Observations; Invertebrate sampling/Identification including butterflies, dragonflies; land snails and selected aquatic invertebrates; Plant Identification from a range of habits including riparian, eucalypt and cypress woodland; Plant Collection Techniques and preparing specimens for herbaria; Nocturnal Searches; BioCondition and protected plant surveys; Data capture/field recording methods; GPS navigation.

     

    Fitness Requirements:

    This expedition requires a good or very good level of fitness; to read more about this click HERE

    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.

    • Walking Difficulty:

      Moderate to Hard

    • Includes:

      • 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.
      • Hat
      • Insect repellent
      • Sunscreen
      • Camera
      • Personal toiletries and towel
      • Swimmers and relaxation attire
      • Raincoat
      • Small torch/head torch
      • Own tent/swag and linen for the February Expedition only

    • Tour Size:

      Up to 12 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.

       

      Getting To Roma:

      Only a one hour flight from Brisbane, Roma is easily accessible by Plane, Road and Rail.

       

      Amenities:

      There will be hot showers and flushing toilets at this camp.

      Enjoy the comfort of staying in safari-style glamping tents with real beds.

      Relax in the air-conditioned comfort of our off-road vehicle when you are picked up from your Roma accommodation and transferred to base camp, about 150 kms away.

       

      Expenses:

      Book and don’t worry about another thing, as all meals and transfers from Roma are included.  Pricing between expeditions does vary depending on the location,  accommodation type and private property access fees.

      Payment plan option is available:  If a payment plan is selected we will contact you to finalise the plan.

       

      Additional Information:

      Healthy and hearty meals are supplied, ensuring you are fuelled for a 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.

       

      Notes:

      • 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 will be limited
      • Mornings may be cool, but the days can warm up to the high 30’s Degrees Celsius.
      • 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.
      • Expect some early mornings and late evenings – as this is often when a lot of the wildlife are out and about

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