Travel West

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Travel West Outback Tours is a professional tour operator catering for non-smokers only. Owners, Graham and Deb pride themselves on operating well planned tours specialising in nature-based experiences, Australian history, especially Burke and Wills, and outback characters.

Travel West operate Four Wheel Drive Motel Accommodated Tag Along Tours to Birdsville, Innamincka and the Corner Country. Guided Simpson Desert crossings are also available for small groups.

Travel West is now operating Lake Eyre in a Day package from Brisbane. "It's not all about Lake Eyre but the journey of the water to Lake Eyre"!

Travel West offers 16 people an exciting 11-Day Air Safari to Outback Australia and the Kimberley to see icons like Uluru and the amazing Horizontal Falls and also fly over Lake Eyre.

Graham has a wealth of knowledge about the outback, having driven road trains through the Kimberley and Northern Territory. He is passionate about the outback and western river systems and provides excellent commentary on their tours.

Deb has spent many years in tourism, working in Inbound, for Sunlover Holidays and Tourism Queensland before joining Travel West. Deb's attention to detail is evident in the smooth running of tours.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Off Road Driving

Our Tours

Central Australia and the Kimberley Air Safari

Professionally guided by Graham and Deb from Travel West, your 11 day/10 night journey begins in Brisbane and will visit Longreach, Birdsville, fly low over Lake Eyre to Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, two nights Kununurra, two nights Broome and two nights Ayers Rock Resort.

Graham will provide commentary and entertain you all the way with history, geography and stories about driving road trains and carting cattle in the Kimberley and the Territory. Learn about the rivers, deserts, corners and much more. Highlights include flying low over the Carnarvon Gorge range, the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, the iconic Birdsville Pub, "Sounds of Silence" dinner in the desert at Uluru, flight seeing over Lake Eyre, the Bungle Bungles, Horizontal Falls and the Buccaneer Archipelago down the magnificent coastline into Broome, where you'll spend two nights at Cable Beach Club Resort. See magnificent displays of Opals, Diamonds and Pearls. Cruising on the Ord River with Triple J Tours is another favourite day.

Travel West caters for non-smokers only and this trip is limited to 16 passengers, each with a window seat for entire trip

Join them on this once in a lifetime experience around Outback Australia.

Indicative rates

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$13487 $14497
Four Wheel Drive Motel Accommodated Tag Along to Birdsville, Innamincka and Corner Country Tour

Have you ever wanted to drive to the top of Big Red sandhill? Test your driving skills in the Simpson Desert, learn about the history of the region, the river systems and relax as Graham and Deb take care of everything you will need on your fully motel accommodated four wheel drive self drive around the outback, taking in south-west Queensland, the Cooper Basin, South Australia and Sturts National Park, New South Wales.

Spend a night in Windorah, two nights in Birdsville, two nights at Innamincka and two nights at Tibooburra visiting Cameron Corner and the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree along the way. You will be required to bring your own well maintained four wheel drive with reasonable ground clearance and a high/low transfer case. Extras to include are a second spare, a UHF radio and tyre gauge. Their escort vehicle is fitted with a first-aid kit, satellite phone and extra recovery gear. Pets not allowed and unsuitable for children.

Tour finishes in Tibooburra and from here you can travel south through Broken Hill, east to Bourke or north to Thargomindah, Eulo and Cunnamulla.

This tour caters for non-smokers only.

Indicative rates

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$2470 $2470
Four Wheel Drive Birdsville and Simpson Desert

Fly with Rex Airlines from Brisbane to Charleville where your great Outback Experience begins! Upon arrival you will be met by Graham and Deb for a look around town before heading to Charleville Bush Cottage with a leisurely afternoon and evening around the campfire or the option to see stars like never before at the Cosmos Centre.

Visit Quilpie and see why it's known for the best boulder opals in the world, see Cooper Creek at Windorah, horizons that expand forever, two nights at the iconic Birdsville Hotel including a glass of bubbly on the verandah watching the sunset over the desert, a morning venturing into the Simpson Desert with time to be inspired and mesmerised on top of Big Red (the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert).

This memorable experience is subject to availability commencing on a Monday and finishing on a Friday.

Travel West proudly caters for non-smokers only.

Indicative rates

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$4500 $4500
Four Wheel Drive Simpson Desert and Tracks Tour

Your special adventure begins after you fly with Rex Airlines from Brisbane to Birdsville. Upon arrival you will be met by Graham and Deb who will show you some wonderful parts of the outback. Your first night is staying in the iconic Birdsville Pub. The real adventure begins leaving Birdsville behind and traversing the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. Experience the magic of sleeping in the Simpson Desert for two nights and then travelling the Oodnadatta Track to Coober Pedy and experience sleeping underground. Travel via William Creek to Maree and then up the Birdsville Track for the night on Clayton Station, owned by the Oldfield family. Travel via Mungarannie back to Birdsville for the night and then return to Brisbane with Rex Airlines.

Travel West caters for non-smokers only.

Indicative rates

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$10500 $10500
Check Out Charleville Town Tour

A Town Tour in any town is a Must Do, so when you come to Charleville join the "Check Out Charleville" Town Tour departing 9am Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (May to September). Hear about the Heritage buildings, the fires and the floods that are a great part of their history and hear about flood mitigation work that has now been completed to prevent the town from flooding in the future. Book through the Charleville Visitor Information Centre. Great value at AUD10 per person.

Once you've heard all about town, you will need to stay longer and hear the full story about historic Hotel Corones and also learn why the Americans were in Charleville during WWII.

Indicative rates

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$10 $20
Lake Eyre in a Day from Brisbane

Fully inclusive day trip from Brisbane including in-flight breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, light dinner, commentary by Graham Reid who has extensive knowledge of south west Queensland having spent many years operating small group tours to Birdsville, Innamincka and around the Corner Country. One of his great passions is the western river systems. Visit the iconic Birdsville Hotel. This trip is so much more than just about seeing amazing Lake Eyre – it’s the journey and hearing how the water reaches the lake.

Travel in window seat of a Fairchild Metro 23 with a maximum 17 passengers, departing from the General Aviation Terminal, Brisbane Airport (via Dryandra Road).

Indicative rates

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$2250.00 $2260.00

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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic. Tables, wood fire barbecue, water and public amenities are all provided for your use on site. On a hot day immerse yourself into the pools to cool off. Set amongst a mixture of tall Eucalypts and rainforest you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind to the sound of water gently flowing over ancient granite outcrops. Or if you are feeling more energetic, enjoy one of the nature walks. There is a short 500 metre (20 minute) forest walk or a rather more serious 3.5 kilometre (2 hour) walk to explore.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
Free Entry
In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures! Be sure to slow down your vessel in areas dugongs are known to inhabit, don't litter and help us protect these magnificent animals. The fully protected dugong is a large herbivorous mammal which spends its entire life at sea. It has paddle-like forelimbs, no hind limbs or dorsal fin, and its tail is broad and horizontally flattened. Adults grow between 2.5-3.5 metres long and weight about 230-240 kilograms. For more information, visit Isaac Regional Council's web site.

Condamine Gorge '14 River Crossing'

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, the Condamine Gorge's '14 River Crossings' track is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings you have to make exploring this beautiful part of the Gorge. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or Bureau of Meteorology prior to visiting. The Condamine Gorge is home to a number of endangered species, please respect this precious environment. Note that private properties either side of the track may not be fenced, so please keep to the road and creek area and observe the 'no trespassing' signs. To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney's Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing. From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status. Many tour companies will combine a scenic flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. A certain highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday's pilots and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays and features on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. Many an amateur photographer has been amazed by the fact that their own photos look just like the brochures! Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help you with some extra flight time over the famous icon.

Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. Today, the well formed crater, about 10 metres deep, is covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees amongst the eucalypt woodland environment. The pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are common in this area and vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.
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Approximately ten kilometres from the Kennedy Highway on Tully Falls Road, Ravenshoe the upper car park is a shaded spot to leave your vehicle. You will need personal insect repellent for the walk to the waterfalls then return to your vehicle - the most rewarding way to complete your walk. Then proceed further south to Tully Gorge Lookout over the 275 metre gorge, your best chance for falling water is just after a storm in the "Green Season".

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.

Kinkuna Section

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known. Kinkuna offers a true coastal wilderness experience for camping or hiking. Sand tracks lead through the predominantly flat landscape dense with vegetation and along the oceanfront. Kinkuna section is renowned for its springtime wildflower displays. The vegetation of coastal heath and banksias grows in poor, sandy soils either swampy or very dry and as is often the case, these types of areas put on a spectacular wildflower show - where it seems every bush and tree is covered in pale blossoms of white, pink and yellow hues. August to October is the peak time to view these wildflowers here, in Woodgate section and also just to the north at the Coonarr Wildflower Reserve. Kangaroos and wallabies, emus and abundant birdlife are features of the park.
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Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain. Covering over 2,500ha of regionally significant bushland, the Estate also features extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species. Visitors can enjoy the full gamut of outdoor activities including hiking, bird-watching, horse riding (bring your own horses), mountain bike riding and nature study. For the bushwalker there's everything from a leisurely 200 metre walk to the more challenging 19 kilometre round trip trail with most of the trails are suitable for hiking and mountain bike riding. If you're on horseback, then the Yaddamun Trail is perfect. The entry to the Estate is the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, at the end of School Road in Redbank Plains. Amenities on site include toilets, picnic facilities and horse float parking. Don't forget to take a hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Visit the website for trail updates and to download the trail guide.

Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.
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