Carnarvon – Yoga & Hiking Retreat 12 – 16 Sept 2020

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2020

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5 Days
Availability : 5
Roma Hotel
Carnarvon
Max People : 14
Tour Details

Time out at the Carnarvon Ranges

* Daily yoga sessions with Greg Cawley (all levels welcome)
* a personalised therapy session with Michelle Harbrow
* 3 days of guided hikes with a qualified and experienced ecologist
* luxurious bell-tent camping at private property nestled amongst sandstone cliffs
* delicious meals prepared on site
* guided walks through river valleys, cliffs and gorges
* maximum 14 spaces

* wildflower viewing

An amazing 5-day adventure around the magnificent landscape of central Queensland. Designed to give you time out and an opportunity to reset your mind and body. With daily yoga sessions, a personalised therapy session and daily hikes in diverse eco-systems, this will help set new pathways towards being invigorated and energised in this post-COVID time.

The research is in: walking is good for us, making new friends is great and yoga is fantastic. Combined with cosy beds, a good meal and a campfire beneath big night skies to close the day, this micro-adventure is an amazing opportunity restore your sense of wellbeing.

Join us for one night in the outback town of Roma and three nights on a private 72,000 acre property. Sleep under the stars in glamping style bell tents with comfortable posturepedic beds and fresh white linen. Feast on local cuisine and raise a toast each evening to the beauty of the world around us and the shared laughter of newfound friends.

Each day we’ll venture out on a hike, visiting the Expedition and Carnarvon Ranges, and our final day includes a full day in Carnarvon Gorge. We will have a personal guide to lead the way, an ecologist to share knowledge about native flora and fauna.

This trip is a rare opportunity for immersion in Australia’s pristine natural ecosystem, as we discover cryptic creatures, awe-inspiring rock formations, ancient Aboriginal art, inland streams and gorges. 

On this journey to Carnarvon Gorge we can walk and talk and explore some of those joint aches and pains and nut out a pathway to supporting them. You will receive a half-hour consultation which includes a short session of Bowen Therapy or other modalities to enhance your ability to support your body along the way. Whether it is strength, length or mobility you need, we can find the next step for creating greater longevity in your “challenging spots”.

Our form of sustainable ecotourism has been developed to ensure you see Outback Queensland the way nature intended.

Departure & Return Location

Roma Central Motel (Google Map)

Departure Time

1400hrs

Price Includes

  • Fully hosted Tour
  • All transport in 4WD minibuses from Roma onwards
  • Private walking tour of Roma
  • Ecological guides for all hikes on day 2, 3 & 4
  • 4D, 3L, 4B plus cheese platters at sundown
  • 8 x twin/double bell tent with posturepedic bedding and all linen
  • 6 shared bathroom (no more than 3 people per bathroom)
  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Camp oven dinner around open fire (marshmallows provided!)
  • All parks and licence fees
  • COVID Safe Plan in place

Price Excludes

  • Transport to Roma
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
Your Guides

GREG CAWLEY

Yoga Instructor

I’m a full-time yoga instructor living in Toowoomba, Qld. My business Brikman Yoga offers yoga classes exclusively for men.

Providing an environment where guys could comfortably come to a yoga class was my goal. I wanted them to participate and enjoy the many and varied benefits of yoga without the fear of judgement or the concern of walking into a room full of flexible females.

I have extensive experience with taking mixed yoga classes, working with sports teams and businesses.

In my former life I was a qualified chartered accountant and owned my own manufacturing businesses for over 20 years. Yoga is something I have come to later in life, so I understand how anxious people may feel before attending a session.

In addition to yoga, travel and hiking are passions of mine, one I share with my partner, Michelle.

MICHELLE HARBROW

Remedial Therapist

I’m Michelle Harbrow, an enthusiast for supporting you to keep moving and exploring life.

Our body is constantly changing and learning how to nurture and support your body to wellness is my goal. I am a Remedial Therapist, offering varied techniques to enhance your wellbeing and knowledge your body heath.

On this journey to Carnarvon Gorge we can walk and talk and explore some of those joint aches & pains and nut out a pathway to supporting them. You will receive a half hour consultation which includes a short session of Bowen Therapy or other modalities to enhance your ability to support your body along the way.

Whether it is strength, length or mobility you need, we can find the next step for creating greater longevity in your “challenging spots”.

Enjoy the walk into Carnarvon Gorge with the amazing ecologist whilst be supported by Greg and myself with therapies to enhance your journey.

Craig Eddie

Principal Ecologist, Boobook Ecotours
Take some time and you will see that Craig is more than just South West Queensland’s walking natural history guide, as he is known around these parts. In addition to being an ecological encyclopaedia, Craig is a huge fan of the Brisbane Broncos. Rivaling his love for the Broncos is that which he feels toward snails. 

 
From boyhood, Craig has had an inexplicable fascination with snails and is even credited for the discovery of a number of new species. Just ask him about the ones with fuzzy noses, if you dare. 
 
Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Craig might be most surprised to learn that he plays the didgeridoo and enjoys listening to heavy metal on long drives. Fear not, we don’t play any music which is out of favour with our tour-goers!
Itinerary

Day 1 - RomaMeet at 14:00hrs

On arrival in Roma mid-afternoon we’ll meet together as a group and be introduced to your hosts, Greg and Michelle. This is your opportunity to speak with them about your level of yoga abilities and any minor physical issues you have that Michelle can assist you to manage over the coming days.

Afterwards enjoy a leisurely walk around town at leisure. Purchase any supplies you may need as these are the last shops we will see for the next few days (hint: they have excellently stocked bottle shops).

Dinner will be at Royal on 99 (own expense), the modern take on the outback pub.

O/N Roma Central Motel (or similar)

Day 2 - Roma - Expedition National ParkLonesome Section, Expedition National Park (6 - 12km)

Today we meet our local eco-guide and prepare to head deeper into the outback to immerse ourselves in this incredible and unique natural environment.

Our guide will take us on a hike into the Lonesome section of the Expedition National park located at the junction of the Carnarvon and Expedition Ranges.

Lonesome is spectacular with its sandstone gorges and cliffs with the Dawson River running through the middle. The Lonesome Lookout offers fabulous views of Arcadia Valley and Dawson River Valley.

We’ll walk amongst the sandstone scenery and diverse vegetation on unformed tracks down to the Dawson River, which is home to platypus, turtles and a range of fish.

On the banks of the Dawson River tall pillars of sandstone known as ‘The Candlesticks’ make a majestic site as they ascend from the grassy plains.

Prior to becoming a national park this was cattle country, we’ll find rustic remnants of those olden times – the weathered fences, stockyards and stockman’s hut.

Mid-afternoon we’ll drive to our private retreat at Wallaroo, a 72,000ha property. All we have to do now is unpack, relax and enjoy a yoga session before the campfire dinner.

And we don’t even have to hammer a single peg into the ground to set up camp #winningatlife

Day 3 - Carnarvon RangesWallaroo Station 6 - 12km

After breakfast we have a day of adventure as we explore part of a 72,000 acre property in the Carnarvon Ranges with our local expert and ecological guide.

We’ll be walking cross country on private land which is not available to the public.

Walk locations can be varied depending on the group’s interests, fitness levels and weather, but may include the Dawson River and its side gorges, White Horse Mountain, Cycad Gorge and Fern Gully.

All you need to carry is your water bottle and camera.

Depending on the weather the yoga session will be first thing in the morning or late afternoon.

Sundowners tonight will be served chilled with a cheese platter over-looking one of the most picturesque hidden spots on the entire property. #chillout

Day 4 - Carnarvon GorgeCarnarvon Gorge National Park (6 - 12 km)

Today we will delve into a stunning landscape of towering cliffs, colourful gorges, endless views and sites steeped in historic and cultural connections.

We’ll travel to Carnarvon Gorge National Park from the retreat (about 45mins). We’ll walk the formed return track along Carnarvon Creek while exploring the main gorge and key attractions such as the Moss Garden, Amphitheatre, Wards Canyon and Art Gallery.

As this is a private group there is flexibility enabling us to choose a walk depending on fitness, interests and weather conditions. Which ever track we choose everybody is going to appreciate the absolute majesty of this incredible pocket of Queensland’s outback.

We return to camp for our late afternoon yoga session.

Our final night together we’ll enjoy dinner cooked in the camp oven over the open fire as we gaze mesmerised by the huge canopy of stars above and reminisce on our brief but invaluable time away from the madding crowd.

Day 5 - WallarooReturn to Roma

After breakfast we’ll retrace our steps back to Roma to collect our vehicles, have a coffee then say our goodbyes.

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John

Group Traveller

Very much enjoyed the trip, specifically enjoyed the educational part of the trip learning about the flora, fauna and history of the area.

It has given me a new appreciation of the region.

July 19, 2020

Paula

Group Traveller

Amazing scenery and an expert guide (came away with a wealth of knowledge which was both interesting and accurate) made this trip a truly memorable experience.

It was wonderful to have the property to ourselves and we were lucky to only come across a few other walkers in the Gorge and so had the breathtaking environment to ourselves.

A great group of people who looked after each other and were happy to relax and share a laugh.

Australia is a truly beautiful place and this trip is not only on our doorstep, but reinforces how unique and varied our country is.

The trip was extremely well organised and managed, no stress. It was a privilege to have Craig as our guide and this made the trip the whole package.

July 19, 2020

Kim

Solo Traveller

Great trip enjoyed the variety of activities planned each day, food was plentiful and delicious and loved my glamping tent complete with a really comfy bed.

July 18, 2020

Marg

Group Traveller

Icon Adventures jaunt to Wallaroo and Carnavon Gorge is simply spectacular – all the best bits of viewing that country; walking with a friendly expert who loves it so much.

Anyone who can walk five times around the block can do this one and I’d like to recommend you do.

Excellent value for money.

July 18, 2020

Val

Group Traveller

Excellent experience for people to see a working cattle property, to get off the beaten track and explore country not accessible to the public.

It is a privilege to see Aboriginal art and sacred places which are not available to the public. Craig, our guide and ecologist knows the country backwards, is very patient and has a great sense of humour.

Thank you to Suzanne, our leader for a very well researched and organised trip.

The trip was great with a wonderful group of people.

July 18, 2020
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