Based in Roma, Queensland Boobook Ecotours has over thirty years' ecology and farming experience. Their local guides are regarded as natural history authorities of the Carnarvon Ranges, Brigalow Belt, Central Queensland Sandstone Belt and surrounding regions. Their tours offer an adventure of a life time where you gain exclusive access to private property, connecting your tour group with truly authentic natural and cultural experiences.
Discover spectacular views, gorges, rock formations, historical sites and Aboriginal art. Share a few hours with a local guide for an insight into the colourful history of Roma. Learn about pioneering history and gain an insight into the region's agricultural and coal seam gas industries. They offer ‘hop on’ tour guide services or if you would prefer to give your coach driver a break, they can take your guests in their own tour vehicles.
If you have a thirst for more knowledge and adventure – then Boobook’s Eco-science Expedition may be for you. Working alongside Australian expert ecologists you will actively participate in environmental surveys, gain first-hand experience in and contribute to Australian flora and fauna research, including threatened species.
Boobook tours depart from Roma, Queensland, easily accessible by The Westlander Rail Line, an easy drive west along the Warrego Highway or an hour flight from Brisbane. With a Boobook experienced ecologist as your personal guide, your adventure awaits.
Take a behind the scenes guided tour through a major coal seam gas operation. Visit a family owned working cattle and farming property which is also home to an array of wildlife including playful platypus, Sturt's Desert Rose and a critically endangered turtle. Enjoy a short leisurely walk through riparian bushland and lunch alongside a spring fed waterhole as you keep an eye out for wallabies, goannas and waterbirds. See a variety of local vegetation types including Brigalow, Dry Rainforest and Cypress Pine. Experience first hand how the environment and local industries, forming the backbone of Australia, are coexisting and hear how the local people take pride and responsibility in managing these areas.
Explore the hidden wonders and secluded gorges in the Carnarvon Ranges on this day tour with your own expert ecologist. See Aboriginal rock art, dinosaur plants, amazing rock formations and Australian wildlife all on a privately owned 71,000 acre cattle station .
Participate in short works to Arch Rock and Cathedral Arch. See cycad-filled gorges, visit unique Aboriginal art sites and the culturally significant Axe Factory. Admire rare trees and wildflowers and join in the search for some amazing and secretive wildlife like the Leaf-tailed Gecko and rock wallabies.
Before heading home relax and take in the fabulous views of the fertile Arcadia Valley from the edge of the Carnarvon Range.
Wildflowers, Grass Trees, Rare and endemic species, Colour Explosion.
Come visit Gurulmundi – one of southern Queensland’s most botanically significant areas. This renowned wildflower hotspot contains over 200 species of plants – all jam-packed on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. With Boobook’s Botanist, you will see a striking array of wildflowers including grevilleas, hakeas, wattles, bush peas, boronias, melaleucas, kunzeas, daisies and grass trees. This is also one of the very few places in Queensland to see the threatened Gurulmundi Heath-myrtle, Gurulmundi Fringe-myrtle and Curran’s Wattle.
Take as much time as you like to admire the floral displays while learning about each species from your expert guide. See plants such as tiny ground orchids that you might otherwise miss. Apart from wildflowers there are numerous other fascinating plants including spinifex, spotted gums, budgeroo and hairy oaks.
Tour is easy-paced and can be tailored to group needs and interests. Take short walks which may include some uneven ground, long grass and areas with dense shrubs. Longer walks and visits to adjoining Stones Country Regional Park can be arranged upon request. Tours leaving Roma and travelling to Gurulmundi involve approximately a 1.5 hour drive. All tours are weather dependent.
Contribute to scientific knowledge by joining Boobook’s Eco-Science Expeditions. Working alongside Australian expert ecologists you will be actively participating in ecological surveys, gain hands on experience and contribute to Australian flora and fauna research, including threatened species.
This rare and special opportunity, spending five days in unstudied and biologically rich environments working with expert ecologists willing to share their knowledge, is a chance of a lifetime.
BOOBOOK’s ecologists Craig and Richard have been likened to “Harry Butler” or “David Attenborough” – their depth of knowledge and understanding of this environment and all that lives here is out of this world. They are fabulous mentors and great communicators to boot.
During the expedition you will participate in field surveys, exploration walks and wildlife searches in exciting and diverse areas of Outback Queensland to document flora and fauna.
Use special techniques to identify birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a range of invertebrate groups; help to collect, press and identify plant specimens; plus navigate with GPS and other devices to collect and record valuable ecological data ready for incorporation into databases and reports.
Our eco-science expeditions are conducted out of base camps with varying accommodation and facilities. No two trips are the same!
Through told and untold stories of early settlers, cattle duffers and merchants discover Roma’s past. Uncover how the town transformed, the industries it supports and find hidden treasures like Heroes Avenue, naturally illuminated stained glass windows, Biggest Bottle Tree and the Roma Bush Gardens.
Travelling in small groups this is a personalised tour led by a local interpretive guide. Stopping at various spots within the town you will realise the multicultural heritage, find out why Roma became a town, learn about Lake Neverfill’s secrets, as well as being inspired by sporting heroes and seeing where Harry Redford was trialled.
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