Travel and Tours
|October 29, 2014|
Australia: Epic Private Journeys Hand-Crafts Amazing Trip Experiences For You
|Australia is nearly as big as the continental United States and home to extraordinary wildlife, remote beaches and remarkable landscapes found nowhere else in the world. No one knows this wilder side of the land down under like Australian-based Epic Private Journeys, who call the vast Australian continent home. The team from Epic Private Journeys has explored the far-flung regions and hidden corners of this amazing country and brings travelers to areas such as Tropical North Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley Region.|
Tropical North Queensland
An adventure with Epic Private Journeys in North Queensland can begin with a low-level helicopter flight along the reef-fringed coastline of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. Landing on a sand cay in the middle of the ocean for a picnic lunch and snorkel offers unforgettable memories. It will likely include a walk through ancient aboriginal rock art sites in Quinkan Country with a local tribal elder. The highlight may well be exploring Daintree, with its populations of marsupials, birds and reptiles in one of the most diverse eco environments in the world. Accommodations in The Botanical Ark Retreat, owned by Alan and Suzi Carle, who have collected more than 3,000 species of tropical plants, one of the world's greatest private collections of ethnobotanical plants. Click here for details.
The adventure can begin with a sunrise airboat ride on the Mary River floodplains to see wild buffalo and tens of thousands of Magpie geese taking to the air, silhouetted against the rising sun. At sunset, it's a 4WD wildlife safari to the mouth of the Mary River, renowned for having the highest density of estuarine crocodiles on the planet. Epic's good friend in the Northern Territory is Sab Lord, who was raised among aboriginal peoples in the area known as the Top End. He has access to some of the otherwise restricted homeland areas for exploring and can bring guests to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, home to spectacular rock art that's around 40,000 years old. Accommodations with Sab can include sleeping under stars or staying at the new Cicada Lodge, a luxury property owned by the indigenous Jawoyn people. Click here for details.
This northern adventure begins with a flight into Broome or Kununurra and onward to the Kimberley Region, one of the most remote and wild regions on the planet. Epic suggests a scenic flight along the coast to Cape Leveque flying over hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago with a good chance of spotting migrating humpback whales. The adventure continues with a helicopter to Cockburn Range for a hike through wilderness gorge country and a night tenting on the escarpment. Then it's off to explore Purnululu National Park, home to the tiger striped domes of the Bungle Bungles. Stay at El Questro Wilderness Park in the luxury of El Questro Homestead. Click here for details.
Epic Private Journeys
For more than a decade, Epic Private Journeys has been hand-crafting trips for discerning travelers to Africa, Australia, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, North & South America and Papua New Guinea. Operating ground offices in the U.S., Australia, South Africa and Tanzania, Epic works with an enviable network of the best operators in each destination. At Epic Private Journeys, nothing is left to chance in pursuit of the rare experience.