Experience one of the amazing natural oasis in the Diamantina Shire. This tour has exclusive limited access to Pippagitta Waterhole, where the water is crystal clear and the birdlife is prolific. This tour explores the natural, cultural and historical aspects of the areas north of Birdsville. We visit Cuttaburra Crossing, Bedourie, Pippagitta Waterhole and the Carcoory Ruins.
Tour includes historical, cultural, flora, fauna interpretation and sightseeing, hiking, swimming and photography opportunities.
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included.
Departs from Birdsville Bakery
Pick up & Drop off at Birdsville Hotel and Birdsville Caravan Park
$249 per person
- Includes all meals, necessary permits.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
May – September
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Whilst your guide will always try to run to the scheduled itinerary, it may at times be necessary to change the itinerary slightly to ensure passengers safety.
Due to the nature of our tours, we recommend you bring clothing that is suitable to the destination including swimming gear and comfortable walking shoes; along with your required toiletries, a towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or souveniers.
You should also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, small torch and insect repellent (Bushmans).
We also recommend you bring any medication.
Pippagitta Wetlands Day Tour
Departs Birdsville Bakery at 8am.
(Pick up from Birdsville Caravan Park at 7.30am, Birdsville Hotel at 7.45am.)
Travelling north to Bedourie, our first stop is a cluster of ancient Waddi Trees and then past Old Roseberth Ruins and on to Cuttaburra Crossing.
We’ll see firsthand the spectacular transformation of an arid landscape when water is added which gives life and sustenance to all manner of flora and fauna.
Our next stop is the Simpson Desert Oasis in Bedourie for morning tea and a look at some of the history of the area.
Our hosts, Doug & Tracy, are locals and they will tell us all about Bedourie and show some of the artefacts that have been found in and around Bedourie over the years. It’s a glimpse of the close association that the traditional owners, the Maiawali people have to this area.
We’ll then head through some of Bedourie’s flood plain country paralleling our first sandhill, 4WDing over a series of sand dunes to Pippagitta Waterhole and it’s flowing artesian bore.
Pippagitta Waterhole is a spectacular oasis in the middle of a harsh and often unforgiving landscape. The setting is pristine and the abundant birdlife is unbelievable.
Our guides will interpret the landscape and the cultural, historical and modern day significance of the site as you take an easy walk around the edge of the wetlands before returning to base for a refreshing swim before lunch.
We return to the to the historic Bedourie Hotel for afternoon refreshment with Jimmy Smith, the publican, who’s family were amongst some of the first pioneering pastoralists to settle in the area.
We will then return to Birdsville via Carcoory Ruins.
Return to Birdsville approx. 7.30pm