Senseless Camel Shootings
On January 9th, two of our camels were deliberately shot and killed in a senseless callous act.
The 2012 Itinerary
In 2011 we were busy exploring the Simpson Desert in Queensland and the Northern Territory and since 2009 have been eyewitness to exceptional seasonal conditions, watching the flood pulse of the great desert rivers in all their sublime majesty and experiencing firsthand the magnificent diversity of the boom/bust cycle of desert life. Read more...
As far as contemporary Australian desert exploration goes, this is as pure as it gets.
Be prepared for the real thing - ready to learn, discover, walk and live in this amazing and vast wilderness, flourishing with life after the record 2010/11 rain and floods in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Our camel team will enable you to explore and experience the Outback in a way that you may never have thought possible - reconnecting you to the landscape as you walk through the Simpson Desert - Australia's driest area and the world's largest parallel
sand ridge desert.
The Outback Camel Company has been exploring all the Australian desert's since 1976 and has a heritage that stretches back to 1860, encompassing the golden years of camel based desert exploration. We believe that packcamels are still the best way to explore Australia's great deserts with the smallest environmental padprint possible.
Our trips begin where the roads stop - in fact if ever contemporary walking treks were described as 'off the beaten track' these would be it - there are no tracks or roads where we go and in most cases we are blazing a new path across the red dunes, alongside inland river systems, and across vast gibber flats and claypans.
Trekking with our amiable, charismatic camels offers an intimacy with the soul of the country that is completely absent when travelling by vehicle, and allows a continuum of discovery, which is important to understanding the heart of the land. Our trips are definitely not camel riding safaris and this is not about conquering the desert - our treks & expeditions encompass a wide range of experiences from extreme desert adventure, discovery of indigenous habitation sites, remote desert bushwalking, observation of the minute and complex arid ecology and the simple & heartening thrill of just being out there, unshackled from the restrictions of modern society.
The camel string walks toward another dune in the eastern Simpson Desert, Queensland
For many people a camel trek or expedition ultimately represents a holistic journey of inner discovery and a pivotal moment in their lives, as the pace of nomadic life re-awakens their senses, becoming attuned to the life, beauty, diversity and moods of the surrounding desert.
Since 1995, company owner Andrew Harper has walked a great deal more than 11000 desert kilometres, including a solo crossing of the entire continent. His ethos for these trips is simple - provide travellers with a real experience of discovery that is grounded in the grand traditions of Australian desert exploration.
You will not forget the camaraderie, the seemingly endless vistas, the brilliant evening glow of the southern stars, the captivating serenity of the clear day and pure silence of the night, and of course the remarkable attributes of our camels.
Red desert sands can beckon us in mysterious ways - call it 'the romance of the desert' - but whatever the appeal is, a journey with our ships of the desert is one of Australia's great desert travel experiences.
...reCONNECT to the land...
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Our camels spend the summer realxing after a hard working season. Like any working animal, they need time to recover from extended periods of hard work. In November/December, they loose their winter coats.
These photos were taken on December 21st.
New Limited Edition Jo Bertini prints now available
Our renowned Simpson Desert Expedition
(400+ kms from the Northern Territory to Birdsville) is rated by
as one of the 25 Greatest Adventures In The World'.
"Adventure and 'hard' eco-tourism at its very best"
Moments In Time Pty Ltd trading as Outback Camel Company ACN 072 215 886 ABN 86 335 402 306
Top banner camel string photo - Virginia Dale 2007. All others (except camel silhouette) by Andrew Harper
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Site last updated on January 22nd 2012