Choose a 7 day respite from the pressures and pace of a demanding life

Be revitalised by a 7 day journey through dramatic scenery and world heritage wilderness, as it nurtures moments of mindfulness in all who visit.

An unsurpassed offering of scenery and habitats ranging from snow gum forests at 1564m, to sub-tropical wilderness reaching out to beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

Visit National Parks of the Border Ranges, Mt French, Girraween, Bald Rock, New England and Oxley Wild Rivers, Waterfall Way plus impressive Coastal Rivers, Capes and Headlands – best experienced feet first with short guided walks.

The tour may be customised to a 4 or 5 day exclusive private group journey on request. Itinerary and price by arrangement. Enquire today!

2021 departures and prices now available. Register now for your priority reservation and advanced releases.

Note:  We expect our post-Coronavirus touring program under the “new normal” will recommence in 2021. Until then we are ensuring guests can secure a reservation for any 2021 tour without any financial risk of a deposit. Normal pricing and discount offers will remain. Deposits will be requested once restrictions are eased and tours have confirmed access. We expect tours to remain the same. Health authority advices and protocols will apply. Secure your reservation by firstly, enquiring today.

Meanwhile, we welcome enquiries for short duration exclusive customised Queensland tours in 2020, for 2 to 5 guests.

Tour Highlights

Why you'll like this tour

Call it an escape, a retreat or simply “chilling out”, this is your chance to allow the distracting simplicity and complexity of nature to offer its “healing” during a short deserved holiday.

  • Visit grand landscapes of extruding granite monoliths, boulders and slabs
  • Gaze into dramatic gorges and waterfalls carved into the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and high country
  • Stand on the vertical rim of an extinct volcano surrounded by curtains of air plants and mystic moss gardens, home to Antarctic Beech trees 3000 years old
  • Enjoy a chance meeting with local residents including the Superb Lyrebird, Peregrine Falcon and Wedge-tailed Eagle. The endangered and shy Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, or the Spotted Tail Quoll
  • Savour an early dawn rising for a memorable Pacific sunrise. Climb the Headlands and Capes of a striking coastline
  • Find your own renewed energy in the intensely beautiful big rivers and “rainbow country” preferred by alternative life-stylers, drawing energy from the natural environment
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Itinerary

Day 1 Escape from the city and lifestyle pressures for a scenic hideaway

Your journey of world heritage experiences starts with a quick escape from the city into the scenic rim and ranges defining the border between Queensland and New South Wales

Features

  • Departing from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you’ll travel through a rich tapestry of hinterland and lifestyle seeker farming lots towards the village of Boonah with the ever presence of the Scenic Rim drawing near
  • Learn a little of Brisbane, chosen as a penal settlement, local exploration by a tyrant commandant, early pioneering endeavours and conflict with the Indigenous population
  • From Mt French National Park assimilate the volcanic creation of a world heritage range and subsequent millions of years of weathering to form the current but changing landscape
  • Journey through lush forests between mountain peaks bearing springs and the headwaters of Australia’s longest and historic inland river system - the Darling River
  • A series of 4WD creek crossings through the remote Condamine Gorge lead to the Darling River basin.
  • Enjoy a short loop trail walk in mixed habitats to view the Queen Mary Falls plummeting over its volcanic barrier.
  • Experience a close encounter with some of our colourful fringe rainforest birds – parrots, rosellas, satin bower birds and wrens.
  • Settle in to your hide-away accommodation for sunset refreshments and a tour briefing

Accommodation

Quality remote self contained cottages, private rooms / shared facilities

Meals

Cafe style M/Tea, tailgate bush picnic lunch

Verandah restaurant dinner at overnight cottages

Travel

Driving:  141 kms in 4 relaxed stages over the full day

Walking:  2 short walks each approx 45 min on formed National Park trails, the second including a 1 km steady climb

Day 2 Find inspiration on the summit of a big bald rock and later the village legends and folklore beyond

Today you’ll enter the granite belt for an inspirational walk to the summit of a grand monolith and then immerse yourself in the legends and folklore of the historic town of Tenterfield

Features

  • You’ll travel along remote back roads toward the largest granite monolith in the southern hemisphere, diverting to an historic stone fruit growing and wine producing region for a unique tea break in a local farm shed
  • Contemplate the life on the run of “Thunderbolt”, one of our legendary bushrangers, visiting one of his hideouts and learn of his gentlemanly ways, hero following and questionable demise
  • Enjoy a 2 hour return trail walk to the summit of the Bald Rock monolith offering amazing 360 degree views of the granite belt which stretches for 400 kms across two States
  • Enter the historic township of Tenterfield, where the impassioned speech of an English immigrant turned politician, Henry Parkes, led to the “birthplace of the nation”
  • There is much to explore in this township set around bush legends and folklore, our First Nations peoples, Australia’s fondest bush poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, scoundrel from the Boer War, Breaker Morant, the Tenterfield Saddler and his grandson, broadway star Peter Allen.

Accommodation

Country motel with spacious en-suite rooms - 2 nights

Meals

Cafe style M/Tea at farm shed, Cafe lunch and A/Tea

Evening motel restaurant dinner

Travel

Driving: 123 kms in 3 relaxed stages throughout the day

Walking: Relaxed roaming at features plus 2.5 kms / 2 hour return ascent and descent of granite monolith on formed National Park trail

Day 3 Immersive walks in an iconic granite boulder strewn landscape

An active day offering a number of walking options on undulating and climbing national park trails.

Features

  • Walks will range from 2 to 4 hours each, to features creatively described as Castle Rock, Turtle Rock and The Sphinx or follow the granite slabs lining Bald Rock Creek to The Junction
  • Discover an evolutionary landscape of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors and precariously balanced boulders. Explore in, around and under this fascinating world
  • The story unfolds of the interdependent connection between rock, soil, flora, fauna and humans
  • Enjoy the showcase of spring wildflowers and foraging honey eating birdlife leading to Girraween being defined as the “place of flowers”
  • Girraween National Park is also the merging point of ranging wildlife and birds from all points of the compass and habitats

Accommodation

Country motel with spacious en-suite rooms

Meals

Motel restaurant breakfast and dinner

Walking sustenance

Picnic tailgate lunch. Cafe A/Tea

Travel

Driving:  50 kms local access

Walking: Optional 2 walks on formed National Park trails each of 2 to 3 hrs, the first over undulating terrain and a short moderate climb, the other flat and easy

Day 4 Tenterfield to Armidale traversing across the scenic tableland country

Travel to the highest points of the New England Tablelands and the heritage, educational hub of Armidale surrounded by pastoral dynasties and bordering pristine world heritage National Parks

Features

  • Pass through the acclaimed Celtic hub of Australia, complete with its own “standing stones”, small towns lined with the autumn displays of willows and elms
  • Contemplate the conflict and terror between European settlers and Aboriginal peoples where cultural differences led to tragic local massacres
  • Enter historic Armidale with its cold climate gardens and parks and institutions of higher regional education.
  • Take an afternoon walk to the rim of a dramatic gorge and falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park where we’ll search for the endangered and shy Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby and follow the haunting cries and powerful flight of Peregrine Falcons nesting seasonally on the precipice of the 120m ravine.
  • Visit some of Australia’s wealthiest Merino wool growing regions where dynasties hosted royalty and pioneering settler families were so moved to build a chapel and extraordinary memorials to their fallen family heroes
  • Pause in the tiny town of Uralla and reflect on a childhood of connective experiences which has led to the establishment of your tour host, Nature Bound Australia

Accommodation

Quality en-suite rooms at our tour base

Meals

Cafe style M/Tea and lunch

Dinner at motel restaurant

Travel

Driving:  219 kms in 4 stages

Walking: Relaxed roaming at various feature stops and a 45 min 2 kms walk easy grade on formed National Park trail in the afternoon

Day 5 Immerse yourself in the ancient world heritage wonders

An early start for an immersive day in world heritage environments appealing to all your senses, mindfulness and wonder

Features

  • Discover tortuous gorges carving their way into the Great Divide escarpment and plummeting waterfalls
  • Search for our largest bird of prey, the Wedge-tailed Eagle, soaring up to 2000 metres on the thermals or detect the shuffle in the bush of an Echidna, one of our unique living fossils
  • Enjoy a 2 hr walk along undulating trails to view two of Australia’s most dramatic ravines and gorges
  • Find yourself on the wilderness edge of the world heritage New England National Park, a reserve of high geological significance, diversity of habitats, plants and animal species
  • Impenetrable ridges of volcanic origin dating back 500 million years protect dense sub-tropical rainforest through to high country snow gums and a windswept plateau of stunted heath. 1000 plant species are protected here
  • Be on the alert for a chance meeting with a Superb Lyrebird or a Spotted-tailed Quoll
  • Enjoy the high-point panorama stretching over 75 kms of trackless wilderness to the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean
  • Deep in the cool temperate rainforest you will discover remnant examples of the ancient Antarctic Beech Trees, thousands of years old, having direct link to the super-continent of Gondwanaland, 125 million years ago
  • Follow the “Waterfall Way” to the twin drops of Ebor Falls before a winding back roads descent from the Great Divide onto the vividly picturesque farming and rain forested plateau of Dorrigo, then finally our retreat for the night, the alternative life-styler’s town of Bellingen

Accommodation

Country motel ensuite rooms

Meals

Motel restaurant breakfast

Tailgate M/Tea, A/Tea and lunch

Dinner at village restaurant

Travel

Driving:  170 kms in 6 stages

Walking:  2.5 kms return / 1.5 hr walk on undulating formed National Park trail

Optional 2.5 kms / 3 hr National Park rainforest trail with a few challenging scrambles over boulders - ok for moderately fit

Optional 3.00 kms / 2 hrs National Park fire trail walk with slight grade variations

Day 6 Places of the heart - mountain ranges, retreat valleys and iconic seascapes

From the eclectic village of Bellingen you’ll arrive at the Pacific coastline and follow scenic back country roads and then a faster highway run to the sea and riverside holiday town of Ballina

Features

  • Arrival on the Sawtell headland to view the South Pacific Ocean for the first time presents an extraordinary change in emotion from the world heritage seclusion 24 hours earlier - time to celebrate the beauty and contrast of Australia
  • enjoy the scenic country way from Coffs Harbour to Grafton (home of the Jacaranda Festival) and lunch at the tiny historic port of Ulmarra on the mighty Clarence River
  • Wander along the foreshores of Ballina enjoying some late afternoon free time before our tour ending celebration dinner
  • Early to bed for our traditional pre-dawn rise to witness sunrise over the Pacific, beneath one of the oldest lighthouses (1866) on this spectacular coastline.

Accommodation

Quality riverside motel with ensuite units

Meals

Motel restaurant breakfast

Tailgate or random cafe M/Tea, A/Tea

Riverside Hotel counter lunch

Village restaurant dinner

Travel

Driving:  268 kms in 5 stages

Walking:  Roaming at various travel breaks, features and serendipity moments

Day 7 Awesome moments wandering the iconic beaches, headlands and The Cape

Today your tour concludes with wonderful moments of inspiration on iconic headlands and in the peaceful retreat of a regional art gallery celebrating the life of one of Australia’s most adored artists

Features

  • After the mindfulness moments of a spectacular sunrise you’ll return for a Ballina breakfast
  • Conclude the tour with some iconic headlands including a short stroll onto Lennox Head and chance sighting of hundreds of hang-gliding enthusiasts who gather, taking a leap into the thermals
  • On to Cape Byron the eastern most landfall of the Australian mainland, at legendary Byron Bay. The “Byron”, as it is affectionately known, is the retreat for alternative life-stylers and hide-away celebrities
  • Time for a relaxed stroll along the iconic beaches and over the headlands on constructed pathways to the Cape Lighthouse
  • Here you will overlook extraordinary beaches and precipitous slopes down to rolling azure waves, a chance viewing of sea turtles or rays, dolphins at play and (in season) migrating whales.The nearest landfall north is Siberia, south the Antarctic ice mass and east, Chile
  • Finally, enjoy a drive through the lush “rainbow country” of artisans for a sedate visit to a regional art gallery with compelling images both inside and out. Where friends of highly acclaimed artist, the late Margaret Olley, have left her indelible mark on Australia with a complete presentation, in comprehensive detail, of her home and creative retreat

Accommodation

Tour concluded. End of tour accommodation or early evening home flight pre-arranged with tour guests - not included in tour

Meals

Early restaurant breakfast

Walking sustenance M/Tea

Beach village cafe lunch

Coffee Shop A/Tea

Travel

Driving:  100 kms in 4 stages

Walking:  Roam at various feature stops plus two Headland walks the first 1.5 kms return easy, the second an optional 4 kms return on beach and formed paths with 4 short climbs for moderately fit

Best Value Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All meals with breakfast, lunch and min 2 course dinner with choices
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • Glass of wine with dinner if you wish
  • Spontaneous travel treats and refreshments.
  • Tour transport and naturalist guides
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All feature entries
  • Tenterfield historic precinct entry
  • Informative travel reference kit
  • Use of on-board reference materials and facilities
  • Personalised pre-tour planning advice to maximise your enjoyment of the experience
  • What we don't include:
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Pre and post tour travel and accommodation arrangements
    • Travel and comprehensive contingency insurance

Pricing & Departure Dates

All Inclusive Prices. Loyalty and Group Discounts apply - enquire

2020 Departures

Departs Concludes Early Bird Offer Regular Price
05 Oct 2020 11 Oct 2020 - pp / twin share $4599 pp / twin share Book Now
19 Oct 2020 25 Oct 2020 - pp / twin share $4599 pp / twin share Book Now
Departs 05 Oct 2020
Concludes 11 Oct 2020
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Departs 19 Oct 2020
Concludes 25 Oct 2020
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WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY


  • "Thank you for one of the best holidays of my life. The variety of scenery and world heritage features were wonderful but in touring with you I discovered a lot more. Everything was meticulously thought through and presented and I suddenly realised, this was the first time I had been able to relax and actually absorb the holiday experiences as they unfolded"
    Holly (UK)

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