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Extreme Dreams: Torres Strait

Location

Torres Strait, Queensland

When to Go

25 Sept - 3rd October 2023

Fitness Level

Level 4: Highly Active

Cost

$5700AU

Our Extreme Dreams: Torres Strait expedition is a one-of-a-kind, pioneering, raw adventure in untamed sea country. It’s not for the faint-hearted and not everything will go to plan. What we can guarantee is a true ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style adventure.

After flying into Horn Island, we start the expedition from the Torres Strait Outrigger Club on Thursday Island setting off in two 6-man outrigger canoes to explore the archipelago of Southern Torres Islands. We camp on beaches under a tapestry of stars, spend time with the unique first-nations people of the region and supplement our food stores with whatever we can harvest from the ocean en route (crocodile isn’t very good to eat don’t worry).

Over the first few days of the expedition, we’ll hone the art of paddling outrigger canoes in the stunning waters around the southern islands, spend a day visiting the tip of Cape York, circumnavigate Muralug Island and enjoy some well-earned downtime on Badu Island.

Working closely with the local Torres Strait Islander communities, we’ll learn about their deep spiritual and cultural connection to the land and ocean, cook Kup Murri on the beach and witness rarely visited sacred sites, all with the blessing of the Traditional Owners.

My ever-lasting memories during my time as the Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef during the Best Job in the World are from my visit to the Torres Strait islands. The deeply cultural island communities have an appearance more Pacific Islander than Australian Aboriginal, they engage in warm conversation with strangers, have deep pride in their history and for these and a million other reasons, I created the expedition to share the experience with others. I still remember the deep belly laughter, community gatherings, palm leaf weaving under the trees and the best view I’ve ever experienced from a toilet seat.

If you’re even the slightest bit interested, you simply HAVE to read Cathy Uren’s trip summary from our 2021 adventure here. Get inspired, then book your place for 2023 as places are limited.

EXPEDITION INFO KIT
Access the info kit here for a more detailed itinerary and map of our adventure.


This itinerary for this expedition is likely to change, it’s very much an unscripted adventure, the kind that challenges you and has more unknowns than most people can stomach. It’s a different kind of travel, and we think more people should experience it.

No previous experience in outrigger canoes is necessary. We will all start this adventure as novices and end up as salty sea dogs. Best Life Adventures will arrange a couple of taster sessions around SE Queensland in the run-up to the expedition proper. 

We need 10 people to ensure this expedition goes ahead – no more, no less. If you get in too late and miss out, we’ll add you to the waitlist but don’t expect people to give up their place easily. This will be epic.

RISK-FREE BOOKING 
We’ve added Refund Protect, a completely no-risk add-on for ALL of our Best Life Adventures that will refund you 100% of the value of your adventure with us, should you need to cancel for any valid reason, right up to the moment you’re adventure commences.

If you suddenly get struck down by illness, need to isolate, the government shuts down the border or a plethora of other reasons – you’ll get 100% of the value of your adventure back…within 48 hours.

When you book your adventure with us simply add the ‘Refundable Booking’ option to your expedition, it’ll cover your ass if things go pear-shaped prior to your trip. To find out all about it visit the Refund Protect website and then get yourself signed up for a magnificent adventure with us.

Check out our Travel Portal page here for all the other things you need to know.

 

ARRIVAL ARRIVE HORN ISLAND, TORRES STRAIT, QUEENSLAND
DAY 1 EXPEDITION STARTS – THURSDAY ISLAND TO ZUNA ISLAND
DAY 2 TRIP TO THE TIP, ROKO ISLAND
DAY 3 ZUNA ISLAND TO MURALAG ISLAND (PRINCE OF WALES)
DAY 4 TREK TO SACRED SPRINGS SITE
DAY 5 MURALAG TO THURSDAY ISLAND
DAY 6 THURSDAY ISLAND TO FRIDAY ISLAND
DAY 7 FRIDAY ISLAND TO THURSDAY ISLAND
DAY 8 THURSDAY ISLAND TO BADU ISLAND
DAY 9 EXPLORE BADU ISLAND
DAY RETURN TO HORN ISLAND. BEST LIFE ADVENTURE ENDS
*THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY + IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

Cost: AU$5700 per person (twin-share). Payment plans are available for this expedition to spread the cost of this trip over a number of months. Please register to see further details or contact us for more information.

  • Twin-share accommodation in tents throughout the expedition. We will spend the first and last night in hotel accommodation on Horn Island. Please bear in mind that this expedition is very much Robinson Crusoe style, so we’ll stay in tents on beaches for the majority of the trip. We will book hotel accommodation for the first and last nights and will update this page once we are confident the trip will go ahead. 
  • All activities including outrigger canoe hire, day trek, and fishing adventures.
  • All meals, snacks, and soft drinks from the evening of the first day until the morning of the final day. Due to the nature of the expedition, we eat rehydrated meals during the majority of the adventure but it is good quality and varied. Where possible we will supplement our meals with what we can harvest from the ocean along the way.
  • Transport between activities, including collection and drop-off at Horn Island Airport.
  • In-survey safety support vessel throughout the expedition.
  • Expedition photos.
  • Expedition t-shirt and buff.
  • Flights into and out of Horn Island
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses/souvenirs/shopping
  • Additional meals in restaurants, cafes etc, private entrance to museums and sights
  • Additional rental gear
  • Any cost to repair damages done to your rental equipment apart from basic wear and tear
  • Alcohol

We’ll supply you with all the safety gear you need whilst on the water. If you prefer to bring your own tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag please do so. It’ll make the logistics a lot easier from our end.

You need to prepare your clothing to suit paddling on the water in the tropics i.e. lightweight, sweat-wicking, long-sleeve tops, boardshorts bottoms and water shoes. Rest assured it won’t be cold.

 

Expedition Reports

We paddled past basking saltwater crocodiles, caught huge bull sharks, dined on fresh crayfish, refuelled on coconuts, and explored the sacred lands of the First Nations people who are lucky enough to call this part of the world home. Here are some of the moments of this pioneering expedition captured by one of our serial venturers, Shaw Innes.

They powered their way through raging currents, battled hectic headwinds, and perfected the ancient art of paddling to travel over 80km around the tropical islands nestled between the Coral and Arafura Seas. “Hut….Ho!” Here are just some of the photos and memories from this epic journey as told by one of our veteran venturers, Cathy U'ren.

Thank you Ben Southall for once again removing me from what we come to accept as “normality” and providing challenge, adventure, and space for curiosity and connection. My soul needs this.
Cathy U'Ren

Entreprenuer and veteran venturer

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