Our Frequently Asked Questions

 
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General

How do we get there?

Wambiana is accessed by road and is open to all types of vehicles, under normal weather conditions. From Townsville, it is a 3 hour coach drive, heading west along the Flinders Highway to Charters Towers and then South along the Gregory Development Road for approximately 50km. From here, Wambiana is signposted to turn right onto a gravel road with the sign detailing the property names “Wambiana, Lascelles and Corea”. Once on the gravel road, stay on the main road for approximately 16km until you reach a T-intersection. Wambiana is signposted on the left and you continue for approximately 1.5km until you reach the main Wambiana homestead. We recommend that you contact us by phone as you leave Charters Towers to alert us of your approximate arrival time.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

We are very happy to cater for special dietary requirements, with prior notice. It is recommended that you contact us at least two weeks before your arrival to detail your dietary requirements as it can take some time to source ingredients and prepare for special meals

Are you open all year to groups?

The best time of year to visit is between April and August as there is less chance of rain and the weather is usually very pleasant. Nevertheless, groups can be accommodated earlier or later if necessary, depending on the groups’ needs and timeframes.

Is there mobile phone coverage?

There is mobile phone coverage at the homestead complex but very limited coverage away from the buildings.

Can I access the internet?

If you would like to access the internet, it is recommended that you bring a mobile device with a data plan on it. Our data plan is limited and is needed to conduct our business, schooling via Distance Education, etc.

In the case of an emergency, can we access medical assistance?

We have access to 000 and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Emergency phone line. There is the capacity for ambulance vehicles and rescue helicopters to travel to Wambiana and we have a registered airstrip for the RFDS.

For School and University Groups

What is the maximum group size?

Wambiana can host up to 100 students and staff across a range of accommodation buildings.

What do students need to bring?

  • Sunsmart clothing (eg long sleeve shirts, long pants, covered shoes, hats, etc)
  • Towel
  • Pillow
  • Top sheet and doona/blanket or swag (bottom sheet is provided)
  • Insect repellent
  • Poncho or light rain jacket (unlikely to need it, but is does rain sometimes!)
  • Personal effects, clothing, medication, etc.
  • A small head torch or hand torch is recommended, but not necessary

Student groups visiting from overseas countries can have all bedding provided, upon request.

What type of accommodation will we have?

Students are usually accommodated in a large, dormitory style building referred to as “The Whitehouse”. It is a fully enclosed shed, with two large rooms for male/female and can accommodate up to 60 people. Teachers and staff are usually accommodated in The Lodge and The Quarters that offer mostly twin-share or triple share rooms.  The Lodge also has a carpeted conference room which can accommodate up to 18 students if extra space is needed. Student groups of < 25 people may use The Lodge and Quarters, depending on their budget and time frames. Upon enquiry, all accommodation options will be discussed.

For Tour and Special Interest Groups

What type of accommodation will we have?

For adult tour groups or special interest groups, guests are accommodated across several buildings referred to as “The Lodge”, “The Quarters” and “The Cottage” These buildings have twin-share or triple-share, air-conditioned bedrooms with shared amenities, and separate bathrooms and toilets for male/female guests. All linen can be provided, upon request. Single rooms may be available depending on the total group numbers and rooming list options.

What is the maximum group size?

Wambiana can comfortably accommodate up to 28 guests in The Lodge, The Quarters and “The Cottage”. For groups over 28 people, there is the option of using the bunkhouse known as “The Whitehouse”. All options can be discussed upon enquiry.