Something a little unique that can’t be done everywhere is some camp oven cooking. All the equipment is here so do your research, print off your recipes, pack all your ingredients and take up the challenge. From dampers to stews, puddings and even cakes – it is technically not that difficult and the satisfactory feeling it gives you is reward enough – not to mention your delicious creations.
Most of the walks around Wallaroo require a guide but Skull Mountain that stands behind the Retreat is an interesting place to explore. There is no set walking path but if you feel like going for a rock scramble early one morning then look no further. Take along your torch to check out sandstone crevasses for leaf tail geckos, as well as your binoculars to help identify the birdlife.
Wallaroo has a great little fishing hole in the mighty Dawson River, not far from the highway – a short drive from the Retreat. Fish cannot be guaranteed but no matter what, it is a pretty spot and you can always give up and go for a swim instead.
A small dam not far from the Retreat is home to a couple of hundred blue claw yabbies. Even if you simply catch and release, the kids get a great thrill from pulling up their nets to reveal their prize. Organise a yabby race beside the dam bank to see whose will be first back into the water.
The Retreat hosts a variety of board games but make sure you pack your favourite and enjoy the belly laughing that always seems to accompany such games. Or if you’re a fan of 500 throw in the cards and set the challenge! For those wanting to burn off excess energy, there is plenty of room for a game of soccer or a hit of cricket if you have the essentials.
Ever cracked a whip? With a little instruction it is very achievable. Picture yourself as the Man from Snowy River wheeling in those brumbies – and make sure somebody gets it on film!
Once you leave the bright lights of the city you immediately notice how much brighter the stars are. Before you leave town though download one of those clever apps that helps you to identify the constellations. It’s hard to believe that all those long ago voyages had nothing but the stars to navigate across the sea with.
If you have a spot light make sure you bring it along. A lot of Wallaroo’s wildlife in nocturnal and some of it can be spotted in the towering Eucalypts around the Retreat at night. Sugar Gliders, Greater Gliders, Barn Owls, Frog Mouth Owls and more can all be found within 100 meters of the Retreat – if you’re lucky.
For those wanting to indulge in a little luxury, a helicopter flight can easily be arranged with Heli Central based at the Carnarvon Gorge. Wallaroo sits on top of the world and is the head waters of the mighty Dawson River. Over forty kilometers of Wallaroo’s boundary is sheer sandstone cliff – spectacular to see from the air.