Carnarvon Gorge Outback Retreat 29 April – 3 May 2021

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5 Days
Roma Hotel
Carnarvon Gorge
Max People : 16
Tour Details

We’re heading out! Join us for a 5-day small-group micro adventure which will take us far from the madding crowd to our private outback glamping retreat.

This is a total escape, with no internet or phone access, we are free from outside distractions. We will have the time to switch off and really connect with the natural environment.

Join us as we hike along little-known tracks, enjoy great conversations with your fellow travellers, indulge in meals made from fresh, locally-sourced produce, be mesmerised by the camp fire and be in awe of the vastness of the night sky.

It’s your time to, connect or reconnect, with the Queensland Outback.

Departure & Return Location

Roma Central Motel (Google Map)

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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
  • 3D, 3L, 4B plus cheese platters at sundown
  • Twin/double bell tent with posturepedic bedding and all linen
  • Private bathroom per tent with 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

Suzanne Holden

CEO, ICON Adventures
Suzanne was born and raised England and as soon as she was old enough to get her own passport, she was off.  Never really one to be dazzled by the bright lights of the cities, off the beaten track was always her preference.

Her first trip was to the USA, to North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains. She recalls, ‘This was my first time on an aeroplane and just after take-off all the oxygen masks were released and swinging above every passengers’ head. I assumed that was normal practice. We never did find out whether it was a fault, or pilot error.  But the good part was, they didn’t bother to land again to investigation the problem!’

This was the start of Suzanne’s love of travel.  In her early 20s she moved to Wales and then Australia.  Again, with no interest in the cities, she has always lived in regional centres of Victoria, NSW, North Queensland and now lives in Toowoomba, Queensland.

She spent many years behind the scenes of ICON Adventures learning the ropes, working between her shifts as a police officer.  The opportunity arose to take over the helm at ICON in 2016. And continues in this position today.
white haired man holding digital camera

Jean-Francois 'John' Rochecouste

Host, ICON Adventures
Jean-Francois Rochcouste has jumped on board the ICON Adventures team as our creative host!  
Jean-Francois, or as we like to call him, John, has had a lifetime of working in science but his real passion is for the arts and travelling.  That’s a win-win for us.
As an accomplished artist, photographer and quite the dab-hand in the kitchen, he puts his knowledge and skills to great use and is an invaluable tour host and teacher.  If you want to learn from the gentlest of gentlemen, with a great sense of humour, then let us introduce you to John.

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!

Day 1 - RomaMeet at 14:00hrs

On arrival in Roma mid-afternoon we’ll meet our local guide for an insight into the colourful history and characters as we go for a leisurely walking tour around town.

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, 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 - 8km)

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, stock yards 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 few sundowners around the camp fire before dinner.

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

Day 4 - Carnarvon GorgeCarnarvon Gorge National Park (8 - 24 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.

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 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.

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 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.