Wallaroo is a property rich in Aboriginal cultural sights as well as early European history. It is also the home of many spectacular sandstone cliffs, rock formations and hidden gorges filled with an enormous variety of native plants and wildlife. Boobook Ecotours based in Roma are proud partners with Wallaroo Outback Retreat and run an amazing day tour around Wallaroo guided by your very own ecologist in their air-conditioned 4WD bus, seeing a sample of the property’s highlights including:
More information about this tour can be found at www.boobookecotours.com. Enquire about a group price for guests of Wallaroo Outback Retreat.Book a tour
Carnarvon Gorge is on everybody’s bucket list – and rightly so! Only an hour drive north of Wallaroo Outback Retreat, this is a must do day trip if you have some time up your sleeve.
Walking into Carnarvon Gorge you are guided by a crystal clear river and surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs. The Gorge is accustomed to thousands of visitors each year so walking tracks are well established. The Moss Gardens, The Amphitheatre, Wards Canon and The Art Gallery would be a full day’s walk but very manageable for the fit and hearty. For those looking for a gentler day out, Balloon Cave and the Rock Hole is a lovely place to relax and breathe in the surrounds.
The Carnarvon Lodge has an interesting Education Centre and a very nice restaurant for those not wanting to pack their own sandwich. Guided tours are available from April through to October.
Found 1 hour North East of Wallaroo in the breath taking Arcadia Valley is Lake Nuga Nuga, a natural lake with an interesting history. The local Aboriginals believed it to be the birth place of the Rainbow Serpent. It apparently use to be much smaller when suddenly, overnight some hundred and forty years ago it quadrupled in size, drowning a huge forest of standing timber which remains today. From March until June this ghostly forest, flooded with water is a sea of gorgeous purple water lilies – a sight that can only be seen to be believed! Photographers from around Australia travel here to capture this magnificent image. It is also a haven for birdlife of all kinds – a twitchers paradise!
Lonesome National Park is just 40 minutes to the South of Wallaroo Outback Retreat. A relaxing afternoon activity would be a picnic at the Arcadia Valley Lookout. Watching the colours change on the purple cliffs is a truly magical site. There are some rough walking tracks here for those wanting to do a little exploring.