2018 Bilby Tracks program details

Note that the trips only run if we get adequate numbers and are subject to cancellation if unseasonal heavy rains close roads in the region.

2018 Bilby Tracks: September 7-15 DRAFT program itinerary PDF.

Please read the information below.

If you have questions or would like to express interest a 2019 trip (dates yet to be announced), contact Colleen directly at bilbytracks@savethebilbyfund.org. Registration and payments are not yet open for 2019 program.

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What you need to know for the bus trip program:

Please consider the following five factors first. If this trip is still for you keep reading....

  1. TENT CAMPING
  2. REMOTE LOCATION
  3. VERY LIMITED IF ANY INTERNET OR MOBILE COVERAGE
  4. DRY AND AT TIMES EXTREME HEAT IS A SERIOUS RISK FACTOR
  5. ITINERARY SUBJECT TO UNFORESEEN CHANGES
  6. BILBY RELEASES INTO THE PARK ARE NOT GUARANATEED

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is a camping trip. Tents and most meals are supplied for the bus trip. We can accommodate special dietary needs. You need to provide your own sleeping bag and personal items.

A detailed list of what to bring list will be provided once you have registered for the trip.

This is a remote location without immediate access to emergency services and medical assistance. We are very conscious of your safety and take all the precautions we can. You will be fully briefed on all health and safety procedures at the induction in Charleville.

Internet coverage is intermittent outside of Charleville. Satellite phones will be available for co-ordinating working parties in the field.

Average temperatures

September - between 26 and 9 deg. C (expect conditions of PLUS OR MINUS EIGHT DEGREES beyond these averages), Note these temperatures are taken in the shade.

November - between 33 and 17 deg. C (expect conditions of PLUS OR MINUS EIGHT DEGREES or more beyond these averages), Note these temperatures are taken in the shade.

May - between 26 and 11 deg. C

July - between 19 and 4 deg. C

The fieldwork inside the Bilby Fence will require a moderate level of fitness and you will be required to undertake up to six hours of research-related fieldwork per day. Days on most trips will start early to avoid the heat in the middle of the day in the warmer months. This work is essential for preparing the area and refining techniques inside the predator-exclusion fence prior to re-releasing bilbies. There are no bilbies there at present and the first release is being planned.

You must be over 18 to participate.

Potential field activities:

You will be provided with all the necessary training and guidance from experienced researchers and fieldwork experts to participate in the following types of activities.

  • resetting and checking cameras inside the Bilby Fence
  • mounting new cameras outside the fence
  • vegetation surveys using established BioCondition transects
  • observing native and introduced animal tracks and sign to learn about their abundance and movements
  • testing field equipment
  • checking integrity of Bilby Fence
  • assisting researchers set up a new project to monitor the behaviour of the released bilbies and their subsequent population growth.

There will be talks at night by researchers, rangers and experts with local knowledge on the natural history, conservation and ecology of the region. More details on all this will be available closer to the departure date.

Cost:

Full price is $2200 with concession price (for pensioners and previous Bilby Trackers) at $1980. There is also a special companions price for those travelling together of $3960. This includes most meals, camping fees and return travel by luxury coach exit Brisbane (including your transport during the program). If you have questions or would like to express interest in this trip, first contact Colleen directly at bilbytracks@savethebilbyfund.org to confirm availability of places.

(There may also be self-drive trips in 2019 where you must largely self cater and have your own transport - we will announce this if it is an option later in the year)