Atherton Tablelands wilderness donkey trek tours

From: AUD285 - AU$6615

Per Person for a specified trek

-Extended treks are available as two or more shorter treks

-Discounts may be applicable for groups of four persons or more
-Discounts may be available for children under 16 years old

-Price depends on duration and starting place

Camping Equipment Meals Included Use Of Pack Donkey
Fully Guided No Experience Needed Insight Into History

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia
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Atherton Tablelands wilderness donkey trek tours

A number of Tours are offered that vary in duration and routes. All treks are designed to explore and give insight into the natural history and wilderness areas of the district. The routes can link several ghost towns or be a circuit in the open savannah, or follow a river with waterholes for swimming and fishing.


Trek duration can be overnight or as long as 28 days. The long treks or our expeditions are themed to retrace parts of the routes taken by the region’s earliest explorers, Ludwig Leichhardt and Edmund Kennedy. These two treks are conducted annually during the actual dates travelled by those explorers.


The employment of our donkeys enable walkers to enjoy the surroundings without carrying a heavy rucksack, relax with a modicum of luxury in camp, enjoy tasty wholesome meals cooked over a campfire and the donkeys are great companions during the walk.



Our prices reflect the inclusions and location of the trek. A guide to our prices is below:


Local day walks, includes a ploughman's or picnic style lunch and traditional drover type morning tea: from $185.00 per person;


Camping and extended treks: from $220.00 per person/ day (meals and camping equipment less sleeping bags, included); and


Safaris and Pathfinder Treks: from $250.00 per person/ day (meals and camping equipment less sleeping bags,included). This price reflects the costs of transporting and positioning the pack team to/ from the start and finish points.


Due to a significant increases in costs of keeping the donkeys we have had to review and adjust our prices in 2012. 



Wild River Series 

These treks start with an overnight “introductory” walk and can be extended by exploring further downstream along the Wild River. We start from our farm block where we keep our donkeys, and follow cattle and wild horse tracks along the river through tall forest Red Gums to camp at a suitable waterhole.


Wild River Ramble 

An introductory walk, two days, one night camping. Picnic lunches, dinner and camp breakfast, morning “smoko” of billy tea and traditional cake are included. We return along the same route.


Wild River Explorer

A three-day walk, an extension of the Wild River Ramble. We camp in a rocky gorge on night two and finish at the Junction where we meet a vehicle that returns the party to Kalinvale.


A Junglemans' Walkabout

A further extension this five-day walk explores the Silver Valley, including ghost towns, mining history and a rock art site before climbing over the Great Dividing Range to the Living ghost Town of Irvinebank. where there is the opportunity to visit Loudon House, and enjoy a:”coldie’ at the Tavern before returning to Herberton by car. This trek is inspired by the story of an adventure with The mysterious Jungleman as told by Ion Idreiss in his book Back O’ Cairns.


The Packers Ghosts' Treck 

A circuit that links up five mining ghost towns in seven days. Setting off from Kalinvale we head west to find a pioneer wagon road intended to give a share of trade from the 1872 Palmer River Gold Rush to Cardwell. We follow this to the Walsh River where we camp near Natural Bridge. We can swim in the clear granite rock pools. We continue on Clarke’s track the next day, then branch off to find the town of Rocky Bluffs with the ruins of a smelter a stark reminder of the endeavours of the pioneers. We will explore the main street that is said to never had a wheeled vehicle traverse due to the forbidding terrain. We zigzag out of the Walsh River the next morning and follow the old tramway to Stannary Hills, once a thriving tin mining town. We camp on Eureka Creek and the next day retrace the steps of pioneers to Irvinebank for a “coldie and visit Louden House Museum. We camp on the town common. Day six we ascend the Dargo Range, a section of the Great Divide” and follow old mule roads to Silver Valley and the ruins of Newelton and Lancelot, where silver was found in 1883. The next day we can view some ancient rock art before slipping over the watershed into the Wild River Valley and home to Kalinvale.