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Outback Camel Company has been exploring the vast deserts of inland Australia since
1976 after successfully completing Australia's first commercial camel expedition -
across the Simpson Desert. Using
our string of packcamels to carry all the supplies and equipment, we honour the tradition
of the pioneering 'Afghan' cameleers who played such a crucial role in the exploration,
development and sustenance of inland Australia.
Our camels represent one of the
last living links to the golden days of exploration by camel in Australia, as we are the
only camel tour operator in the country that actively and continually explores all of
the continents great deserts without restricting ourselves to one area, and in
2011 we have two treks & expeditions travelling through some of Central Australia's
most remote areas.
All our desert journeys are walking
treks - they are not camel-riding safaris. The most effective way to learn
about the beautiful Australian deserts is to walk and live in them - and our
journeys represent the most effective way to do this. Our camel string is totally
self-sufficient there are neither back-up vehicles nor wagons which not only
enables us to travel almost anywhere in the true style of the explorers of the 19th and
early 20th centuries, but also provides an authentic, back-to-basics and comprehensive
Australian 'bush experience'.
Your active participation is
essential and you will be asked to contribute to
the operation of your trek or expedition, assisting our cameleers with the daily tasks.
The comprehensive pre-departure information will help to ensure that you are well prepared
for the enriching experience of working with the camels. Duties would include shepherding them in the mornings &
evenings whilst they feed and, under the supervision of the cameleers, helping to saddle
the camels and load the equipment. Your Outback Camel Company cameleers cook all the meals
on the campfire but help from aspiring chefs is always welcome!
We vary our
operating area and schedule from year to year depending on the seasonal conditions in each
desert, and in 2011 will operate in the Simpson Desert, Northern Territory &
Our treks range from 12 to 16 days, exploring the Great Victoria Desert in
South Australia, the Gibson and Great Sandy Desert's in Western Australia and the Simpson
Desert & Finke River in the Northern Territory. In western Queensland and the
northeast of South Australia we operate treks that combine the desert dunes with the
extensive waterholes of the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek.
Our longer more demanding
Expeditions range from 18 to 30 days and are recognised as some of Australia's
longest & toughest walks that are available on a commercial basis.
The ultimate Australian desert
experience would have to be our Simpson Desert Expedition - a
complete west-east crossing of the Simpson Desert. This magnificent journey, the world's
longest and most challenging commercial camel expedition, takes 28 days to cross the over
900 or so dunes from Andado Station in the Northern Territory to Birdsville in western
Queensland. This epic challenge is rated by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as on
eof the '25 Greatest Adventures In The World'.
Australia's living connection to the Afghan Cameleering
Heritage & 19th Century Desert Exploration