Start your trip on Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.
After an incredible trip to Lady Elliot Island, you’ll visit Mourachan, Australia Zoo’s Outback Queensland conservation property! Explore the Brigalow Belt searching for the perfect landscape or beautiful animal to photograph and learning about life in the Outback.
You’ll get the chance to go on hikes, spotlight for wildlife, help as honorary rangers and learn all about the research and conservation efforts taking place on the property. Throughout the expedition you will have a private aircraft, what a way to see the best parts of Queensland!
A non-refundable $600 deposit (per person) is required at the time of booking with balance payable 30 days prior to travel (22 April 2019).
Bookings to be made with Seair Pacific.
Departing from the Gold Coast, you will be flown via light aircraft with Seair Pacific to Lady Elliot Island. There are plenty of beautiful places to see along the way, which your pilot will point out.
After a one and a half hour flight, you’ll land on Lady Elliot Island and settle in to your Garden Unit. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore and snorkel along the beautiful reefs the island is famed for.
Partake in one of the many activities on offer, such as a glass bottom boat and snorkel tour. Lady Elliot Island educate guests on how to enjoy the Island’s fragile ecosystem with minimal impact while sharing their knowledge about renewable technologies as the Island continues to introduce and expand sustainable eco initiatives. Depending on the weather and tide, you’ll also enjoy a Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour.
On the morning of day 3, we’ll depart Lady Elliot Island on our private aircraft for a short flight to Outback Queensland. After making yourselves at home, you’ll be given a presentation about the property from our wonderful rangers before lunch. Afterwards, we’ll head to different spots on the property to photograph wildlife and landscapes before an Aussie BBQ under the stars, why not try some astrophotography too?
A rustic stockman's quarters will be the base of this expedition. You can choose between staying in a shared air-conditioned room or an OzTent RV-5.
After enjoying breakfast alongside our resident emus, we’ll explore the newest part of the Zoo’s greater conservation area, Yarooga, a 34,000-acre property adjacent to Mourachan purchased to increase the area of protected habitat. During our visit, we’ll meet Yarooga’s Ranger and see what it takes to manage a property in the Outback. There are striking old buildings, flourishing waterways and plenty of wildlife at Yarooga, making it a great spot to photograph!
You’ll have a relaxing afternoon around the Stockman’s Quarters, with a damper demonstration, where you can taste an Aussie classic with a cup of tea, or try making one yourself! There will also be time to edit your photos before dinner and a chance to meet some of our beautiful local species of wildlife.
There’s time for one last breakfast with the emus before packing up and enjoying your scenic flight back to the Gold Coast.
- Water bottles x 2
- Toiletries and medications
- Torch / Headlamp
- Enclosed shoes
- Camera / Batteries
Please Note: There is a 15kg luggage weight limit due to the charted flight restrictions. Soft duffell bag style luggage is preferred to rigid suitcases.
Expedition will include:
- Private Aircraft for duration of the trip
- 2 Nights Lady Elliot Island in a Garden Unit (twin share) – sole rate available at extra cost
- 2 Nights SIWR Mourachan in historic Stockman’s Quarters or a private tent.
- All Meals (based on the below itinerary)
- 1 Guided Glass Bottom Boat/Snorkel Tour on Lady Elliot Island
- Pre-departure expedition booklet (sent after final payment has been made)
- Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour (Weather and tide dependant)
Expedition will not include:
- Transfers to/from Gold Coast Airport
- Breakfast on 22nd May & Lunch/Dinner on 26th May
- Travel Insurance
Terms & Conditions
- $600 deposit required per person at the time of booking (non-refundable)
- Full payment required 30 days prior to travel (22 April 2019)
- Cancellations inside 30 days 100% cancellation fee
- We recommend all guests to take out travel insurance
- Minimum 4 passengers – Maximum 8 passengers
- Sole rate available on request
Please Note: Flight will be by private charter in a Cessna Caravan. No toilet on aircraft.