Welcome to the Gulf Country, Mt Isa Rodeo 4X4 Tagalong Tours itinerary page, our tours start on specific dates and these may be seen below.
Gulf Country Mt Isa Rodeo 4X4 Tagalong Tours
Day 1: Meet and greet and vehicle induction in Townsville at 0700hrs.
We depart Townsville approximately 0900hrs for Porcupine Gorge National Park, referred to by many as Australia’s Little Grand Canyon https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/porcupine-gorge/.
We aim to reach camp with ample time to complete the scenic walk to the bottom of the gorge in the late afternoon as the weather begins to cool.
Day 2: Today is a big day so we get off to an early start, which provides the added bonus of a beautiful outback sunrise experience. Our first stop for morning tea is at Richmond on the banks of Lake Fred Tritton a manmade oasis in the desert with sandy beaches, clean amenities, paved walking tracks and shaded facilities, a stark contrast to the rest of the tour’s tea stops and camp sites.
While in Richmond we will also visit Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum http://www.kronosauruskorner.com.au/.
We depart Richmond for Cloncurry, the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), for a tour of the John Flynn Place Museum & Fred McKay Art Gallery http://www.johnflynnplace.com.au/ before continuing to Mt Isa for our first night at the Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the largest and most prestigious rodeo in Australia.
The rodeo action continues until 10pm and is followed by a live concert. For full details of the rodeo visit http://www.isarodeo.com.au/
An evening meal (dinner) is not provided this evening.
Day 3: Today we enjoy a full day at the rodeo.
The day is an itinerary free day so you are welcome to explore and roam the rodeo and Mt Isa as you wish, as such lunch and dinner are not provided.
The rodeo action continues all day today from 9am – 930pm and is again followed by a live concert headlined by some of Australia’s top country artist.her 4x4 challenge with sections of soft sandy river crossings and boggy swamp sections, particularly if we receive late dry season rains.
Day 4: Today is another itinerary free day and final day of the rodeo.
Gates open at 9am and the closing ceremony begins at 5pm. Lunch and dinner are not provided
Day 5: Today we depart Mt Isa and head north on the road less travelled for Miyumba Bush Camp in the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.
Before setting up camp we will visit the World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil Site https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/boodjamulla-riversleigh/about.html.
Riversleigh is the richest mammal fossil deposit in Australia and one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. We will undertake a self-guided tour to discover fossils dating back as far as 25 million years including turtles, crocodiles, birds, snakes and many mammals.
Day 6: Today we only have a short drive to Lawn Hill Gorge (Boodjamulla NP) so there will be plenty of time for you to relax and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
You can choose to relax around camp, take one of the many self-guided walks, swim or explore the gorge by canoe https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/boodjamulla-lawn-hill/.
Day 7: Today we head for Burketown. We are now deep into Gulf country and well off the beaten track.
You will notice the considerable change in road conditions with ample corrugations, patches of deep bulldust and endless red dust.
Our camp tonight is on the Banks of the Albert River on the outskirts of Burketown which will provide a good opportunity to catch a Barramundi for tonight’s dinner. Burketown is renowned as the Barramundi capital of Australia.
Day 8: We depart Burketown for Karumba, the only town on the Gulf situated immediately on the coast. On the way to Karumba we stop at Normanton to see the Big Barramundi and Krys a replica statue of the world’s largest crocodile ever caught.
At a whopping 8.64m Krys is an imposing figure and stark reminder to remain Croc Wise. https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/crocodiles/crocodiles__be_croc_wise.html
On our way to Karumba we will also stop for afternoon tea at Burke and Wills Camp 119, the most northerly camp on their ill-fated journey.
Day 9: Today we depart Karumba after lunch and an early morning fishing session.
Tonight’s camp is at the Cumberland Chimney campground. The large historic Cumberland Chimney is all that remains of an old crushing plant and stands as a reminder of the regions gold rush era.
The chimney sits beside a lily filled lagoon which makes for a scenic evening camp and provides a great opportunity to observe the areas bird life.
Day 10: Today we arrive at our camp site at Undara Experience
http://www.undara.com.au/ and the Undara Volcanic National Park
https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/undara-volcanic/ for a tour of the Lava Tubes (Active Explorer Tour) and a ‘Wildlife at Sunset’ tour.
Day 11: Today we start the day with a hearty breakfast before we depart on our final leg toward Townsville for the end of the tour.
Tonight, we all gather for the last time over an evening meal which provides an opportunity to reflect on the journey and reminisce about the tour highlights, mishaps and laughs.
What’s included in your 11-day Gulf Country and Mt Isa Rodeo Tagalong Tour:
- A fully equipped and capable Land Rover Perentie 4x4 vehicle including; double bed, 30L 12v Waeco fridge, crockery and cutlery, camp chairs, table, lighting, annex, 240 volt power inverter and recovery gear)
- Fully catered (breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee), except while at the Mt Isa Rodeo.
- Entry and camping at the Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
- All National Park entry and camping fees
- An Undara Lava Tube (Active Explorer) Tour
- An Undara Experience Wildlife at Sunset Tour
- Entry into Kronosaurus Corner
- Entry into the John Flynn Place Museum & Fred McKay Art Gallery
- The services of a passionate and enthusiastic tour leader with over a decade of experience as a Parks and Wildlife Ranger working across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
- Tips and assistance on 4x4 driving, camping, fishing, campfire cooking and much more
- UHF radio and emergency first aid kits are supplied in all vehicles. Spot tracker emergency beacons are also carried by our experienced and 1st Aid trained tour leaders
- Minor mechanical and electrical repairs
- Bush shower
- Bush toilet
- The use of a range of field guides and books on local flora, fauna, culture and history
- The use of yabbie/cherrabin pots
What you need to bring:
- Personal toiletries (please bring environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos)
- Snacks and drinks (Alcohol is welcome, however there may be restrictions on what and how much can be taken into Indigenous communities, please discuss with your tour leader)
- Pillow, sheets/sleeping bag
- Camera, fishing gear, binoculars, torch/headlamp
- A sense of adventure
A detailed list of required and recommended personal items will be provided to you in your information pack upon booking.