Australia's living connection to 19th Century Desert Exploration & Afghan Cultural Heritage
QUEENSLAND FLOOD UPDATE
ADE and BackTrack wish to send a message of heartfelt love and support to everyone affected by the devastating floods that have hit Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. The ADE office in Brisbane is fully operational and our email service is now back online.
If you have contacted us via email in the past week we will respond as quickly as possible from Monday January 17th.
Thank you for your patience.
Details of the 2011 season will be released shortly.
For your information, the 2010 schedule remains on our website.
Please contact our office to join our mailing list and we will contact you when the itinerary is released.
In our 34th year, we present treks & expeditions that will enable you to explore and experience the Outback
in a way that you may never have thought possible. These are journeys that will reconnect you to the land.
Trekking with our amiable, charismatic camels offers an intimacy with the soul of the country that is completely absent when travelling by vehicle,
and you will discover that the pace of nomadic life will re-awaken your senses as they become attuned to the life, beauty, diversity
and moods of the surrounding desert.
You will not forget the camaraderie, the seemingly endless vistas, the brilliant evening glow of the stars, the captivating serenity of the day
and pure silence of the night, and of course the remarkable attributes of our camels.
More information at What We Do
Rain in the desert!
There has been widespread and heavy rain in the western, northern and north-eastern Simpson Desert since late February, including flooding in and around Birdsville. The usually dry major rivers and creeks that flow into the northern desert
have all flooded to some degree, in addition to the Mulligan River/Eyre Creek system in Queensland which is now flooding
for the second consecutive year. The Diamantina River and Cooper Creek are also sending huge amounts of water towards Lake Eyre North.
Consequently, we have had to drastically alter our 2010 schedule and abandon our proposed treks & expeditions in the eastern Simpson and shift our operations to the north, taking full advantage of these exceptional seasonal conditions.
And exceptional they are. The desert will flourish this winter which will make for ideal trekking conditions,
ensuring plentiful feed for our hard working camels and providing us with perhaps the best trekking conditions
that we are likely to see for many years.
Please scroll below to see details of our revised 2010 Itinerary.
A taste of the Red Desert - Get into desert bushwalking!
Western Simpson Desert Trek Northern Territory
Australia's most challenging walk . . .
Exploring the desert rivers
Northern Simpson Desert Expedition Northern Territory
Northern Simpson Desert Treks
Northern Territory & Queensland
"I am writing to thank you for the recent camel trek in the Simpson.
I seem to have fallen under the spell of the desert and havent been able to shake the feeling the horizon and the desert sky gave me since coming home. The green golf courses were quite something but the endlessness of the sky and horizon were something more. I have come home a different person with a much clearer sense of myself
and what I want from life; with a determination to live each day as if it was my last which is very disconcerting for those around me. I want to spend more time in the desert - there is no way after travelling with TC and his mob that I could go by 4WD, so I will be in contact next year in the hope that I will be able to visit the desert again;
the thought of a month in the desert is irresistible.
Your camels are amazingly patient and the cameleers a breed apart."
AH, 2009 Trek
Our renowned Simpson Desert Expedition (from the Northern Territory to Queensland) is rated by
as one of the 25 Greatest Adventures In The World'.
"Adventure and 'hard' eco-tourism at its very best"
Australian Desert Expeditions uses a team of camels to conduct scientific and ecological survey expeditions in the Simpson Desert.
Their 2010 schedule includes collaboration with Bush Heritage Australia and the first camel-based scientific expedition
of the Simpson Desert National Park.
Please visit www.desertexpeditions.org for more information
Moments In Time Pty Ltd, trading as Outback Camel Company
ACN 072 215 886 ABN 86 335 402 306
Top banner photo - Virginia Dale 2006
Bottom banner - camel strings walking - Libby Sakker 2007
B&W - Josef Schofield 2006
All other photos - Andrew Harper
Site last updated on January 17th 2011