What’s a GOAT trip? Arguments about who is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) have been loudly proclaimed in the sporting world lately, so we thought it was time to embrace the GOAT (greatest of all time) mentality and hit the wide-open road to North West Queensland for an action-packed travel adventure.
From a spectacular volcanic crater rim hike to an exclusive helicopter experience over Cobbold Gorge, a luxury stay at Gilberton Outback Retreat and the exhilaration of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest rodeo – your next escape awaits in North West Queensland.
Kalkani Crater rim walk starts 13km from Undara Experience lodge. Outback Queensland is home to some of the best sunrises in the world and the moderate climb up the side of the volcano and around the crater rim is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With rolling views of the national park, the self-guided 2.5 hour return walk offers views of the lava plains and volcanic vents – plus educational trail explanations that detail the explosive geology of the area.
The Cobbold Gorge Sunset Heli-Picnic tour is a true outback experience you will never forget. Departing Cobbold Village by helicopter, you will land on top of sandstone in an exclusive outback location, visited by only a handful of people each year. Sunset Point location overlooks Agate Creek and the Hampstead Sandstone formations – making it the perfect place to indulge in a cheese platter with a wine in-hand, before taking off again into the sunset.
Fishing folk can also opt for a chartered heli-fishing adventure to Fish Hole for their chance to catch a Black Bream or Sleepy Cod from the skies!
Calling all thrill seekers! Croc and Crab Tours in Karumba offer two bespoke cruises – the Croc and Crab Nature Cruise and Sand Island Sunset Cruise. The Croc and Crab Cruise is bound to get the blood flowing as the boat journeys travellers through the Norman River with anticipation. Keep an eye out for crocodiles swimming or sunning themselves on the muddy banks, before throwing a crab pot in!
For something a little slower, take in the beauty of Karumba’s secret sunset viewing destination with the Sand Island Cruise. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of nature’s natural wonders with fresh gulf-cooked prawns, nibbles and drinks while watching the sun slowly sink into the Gulf of Carpentaria
The most spectacular rodeo in Australia is back in August 2022! The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is the biggest and richest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, pulling crowds from across the globe. The action-packed program offers the best of bull riding and entertainment, with Aussie favourite Guy Sebastian headlining alongside exciting support acts that will soon be announced (stay tuned!). With on-site camping options and Mount Isa pubs, hotels and caravan parks a hop, skip and jump away – this action-packed holiday awaits. Be sure to get your big buckles, chaps and Akubra’s ready to Isa Rodeo in true fashion.
Unplug, unwind and detox at the Gilberton Outback Retreat – a five-star luxury retreat located on a working cattle station in the heart of the outback. Immerse yourself in ‘station life’ or settle in for an off-the-grid experience, the choice is yours! With no phone, Internet or TV, the Gilberton Outback Retreat allows you to truly escape and relax. Gilberton is one of Australia’s hidden gem hot-spots, with secret international celebs flocking to the retreat for some R&R – a first-class wellness experience for the bucket list!