Beyond the High Country
Track and Cooper Creek
An arid environment
Natural History Tour
This is the fifth time I have offered this trip and every time, participants are thrilled by the variety of landscapes we visit as well as the combination of nature and history. With a naturalist guide to lead you to discover the amazing landforms, plants, birds and animals of the arid zone on this really comprehensive Natural History Tour. We don’t rush either, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the easy walks, birdwatching or just to soak up the atmosphere of the arid country.
The Innamincka region is probably best known historically for the tragedy of the Burke and Wills expedition, however the Innamincka Regional Reserve is also one of the world's most unusual wetlands. Set in a desert region it relies on water from Northern Queensland to regularly replenish the maze of lakes and waterholes along Cooper Creek. To sum it up, "Cooper Creek is one of Australia's largest, most isolated and historic river systems - and it flows through a desert!"
During 2010 and 2011, this area along with much of Australia’s outback, received excellent rainfall which resulted in prolific plant growth and increases in wildlife numbers. The results of this should still be very noticeable in 2012. We expect to find country that has been refreshed and rejuvenated with bird and wildlife populations higher than normal. Birdwatchers will enjoy lots of great birdwatching opportunities.
Highlights from the 15 days include the Strzelecki Track, Innamincka township, picturesque waterholes along Cooper Creek and their birdlife, the Burke and Wills Dig Tree, goldmining towns of Tibooburra and Milparinka as well as Broken Hill, Kinchega and Mungo National Parks.
Enjoy being part of a small group of no more than 14 participants. For the first time in 2012, this trip will be fully accommodated. Yes even in remote Innamincka, you will enjoy a comfortable bed every night.
This tour has a Natural History focus and along the way we will explore a number of different environments including big red sand dunes, dry creek-beds lined with ancient eucalypts, gibber plains, freshwater lakes and waterholes. The area has a rich flora and careful observation should be rewarded with discoveries of wildflowers. As well as expecting to see a wide variety of arid-land birds, we will be hunting out sightings and signs of other wildlife and looking at how plants and animals interact and survive in this harsh environment.
In addition we will enjoy the overall scenic beauty, natural landforms, geology and there will be a strong focus on history of both the first aboriginal inhabitants as well as the early European explorers and settlers.
This tour is scheduled only when there is sufficient interest and demand.
Contact us to register your interest and to be notified of the next departure date.
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"The sights and sounds of the "road
to Innamincka" are etched in my mind.
To be retrieved at quiet times to be
enjoyed all over again"
Claire, May 2002
Birdwatching stop on the Strzelecki Track
Discover history and wildlife along Cooper Creek
Short walks to explore the desert environment
Coongie Lakes are a haven for birds and wildlife