Our top picks for Adventure Touring with students

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

A trip to Carnarvon Gorge offers something for all ages so if you’re after a camping adventure that’s both challenging and rewarding then it’s time to head out west.

The Carnarvon Gorge National Park is steeped in aboriginal heritage, natural wonders & breathtaking scenery not to mention diverse native flora and fauna.  Discover the gorge by taking a hike through the Moss Garden, Art Gallery & Amphitheatre, challenge your group to summit Boolimba Bluff or take a refreshing dip down at the Rock Pool.

Takarakka Bush Resort is the perfect location to set up camp.  Located just outside the National Park this campsite offers everything a group need to make themselves at home.  A large undercover eating area, ablutions block, camp kitchen and boundless grassed areas to set up tents make it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your stay.  There is plenty of space to kick a footy or spend some quiet time down the creek at dawn and you might just catch a glimpse of the resident platypus.

So go on and immerse yourself in the wonders of the native Australian bush at Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Longreach & Winton

Take a step back in time and discover Longreach and Winton in Queensland’s Central West.  It’s a longer drive to reach these unique destinations but well worth the trip once you arrive. 

Soak up the history and heritage in the legendary township of Longreach, home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum then journey out to Winton and discover the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Combo Waterhole and Arno’s Wall.    If you’re looking for something off the beaten track then the Central West certainly delivers.

Take your group to experience a thundering gallop in a Cobb & Co stagecoach or relax and unwind with a sunset cruise along the Thompson River.   The School of Distance Education in Longreach is also one place not to be missed!

Accommodation options range from dormitory style to group camping so there are plenty of options to suit any group’s size and preference.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make the Matilda Way part of your class’s story.

Charleville & South West Queensland

Visiting the South West Channel Country will give you the chance to experience the natural outback whilst uncovering your typical true-blue Aussie outback towns along the way.

If you have never looked 16,000 light years in to space, then a visit to the Charleville Cosmos Centre is a must.  While you’re in Charleville why not also meet the endangered Bilby, enjoy outback hospitality over a camp oven dinner and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre to see just how much this vital service plays a part of outback life.  Take a tour of the WWII USA Sites and explore the diverse flora and Fauna of the Warrego River before listening to some tall tales by the campfire at night.

There are motels in most towns that can cater for smaller groups but adventure camping is the way to go.  Most caravan parks can accommodate group campsites and if all else fails there is always the option of the local showground.  If you’re looking for a truly unique experience to enhance your trip then perhaps a night or two at a local cattle station or farm is the way to go.  There are plenty of options for station stays in and around the Charleville, Quilpie & Cunnamulla regions.

The Capricorn Coast

If you’re looking for a sea change why not head to the Capricorn Coast where cowboys meet the beach.  Home to the Southern Great Barrier Reef as well as Australia’s Beef Capital, Rockhampton there plenty to see and do in this adventure touring region.

Take your students on a day trip across to Great Keppel Island to snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef, release your inner explorer whilst fossicking for gemstones or discover the hidden wonders of the Capricorn Caves.  There’s also a fantastic free zoo hidden away in the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens.  Other attractions in the region give your students the opportunity to head back to the dreamtime with a visit to the aboriginal cultural centre or learn about local crocodile farming but no trip is complete without good ol’ fish & chips by the beach. 

Located just out of Rockhampton is Cool Waters Holiday Village in Kink Beach.  This is the perfect place to base your group when exploring the Capricorn Coast region.  It offers ample grassed area for group camping but also boasts and onsite dormitory if you’re after the creature comforts.  Not only is it centrally located, it’s ideal for student groups with plenty of activities onsite including a private water park suitable for all ages.  We’ve even seen our driver’s on there from time to time.

So whether it’s an outback expedition or costal journey why not let Kangaroo Bus Lines help plan your next adventure tour?  Contact us today on edtours@kanagroobuslines.com.au or jump on over to our Outback Adventure page for more information www.kangaroobuslines.com.au/education/outback-adventure-tours