Adventure in the Outback
Journey based programs for youth encompassing camping, adventure, discovery, Aboriginal, Afghan, and Australian history. Building character, strength, independent thinking, and action!
WHY CHOOSE US?
June 3rd - 7th 2019
Camberwell Grammar will join us again for another week long camp on Beltana Station.
Camel Treks Australia leads outback journeys committed to offering teachers and students unique camping experiences in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia's largest mountain range and Australia's most ancient landscape. Located 500km north of Adelaide city, we are based on Beltana Station with custom trips available farther north.
Journey based programs offer a sense of purpose & achievement.
Constructive, purposeful adventure education in Outback Australia.
The Central Flinders Ranges is renowned for its fabulous natural setting. It’s the perfect camp venue.
We have a unique focus on Afghan and Aboriginal Adnyamathanha culture and aim to bring this to life for your students through interactive learning and where possible the inclusion of sessions with Aboriginal Elders and Afghan descendants.
Dedicated camp staff, excellent equipment & great outback tucker.
We know that as a school admin or young student, money is always tight so it’s important to know what you need to pay and when.
Tremendous opportunities for local and extended expeditions, exploration and discovery. We provide local knowledge with experienced guides.
We aim to keep our prices low whilst providing your school with the best service and experience. With over 20 years in outback locations and a 'Best Tour Operator Award' we look forward to looking after your group.
August & September 2019
Returning for the third year, we have two school camps with Year 7 students from Mt. Barker Waldorf and Willunga Waldorf. We are proud to continuing their tradition of camel trekking.
May 13th - 17th 2019
Walford Anglican School for Girls will join us again for a photography based experience in the magnificent landscape of the Central Flinders Ranges.
OUTBACK EXEDITION FORGES STRONG BONDS
The Latest News ~ October 2018
Camel Treks Australia's Secondary School Camp Program is thriving and exposing Australian youth to our wonderful Outback yard, specifically in the geologically rich Flinders Ranges. It's this region the world's scientific community is recognising as being the oldest landscape on earth, and in 650 million years nature has knocked up a pretty remarkable and inspiring back drop!
The Secondary School camps are Journey-based programs for teens encompassing leaders in education covering the topics of Outdoor Education, Aboriginal, Afghan and Australian history, Landscape Art and Photography, Creative Writing, Astronomy, Geology, and Zoology. The nomadic camel characters are chariots on these journeys carrying students and gear across varied parts of the region taking in breathtaking vistas and reconnecting us with a method of transport once used as the only means of early exploration.
It's a big sky out here, with lots of space and room for expanding one's thinking, especially given there's no internet. Let Camel Treks Australia customise your school's next 2019 / 2020 camp from arrival to departure and everything in-between. We can guarantee you'll want to come back.
Adnyamathanha Aboriginal Culture
Stefan Wilton, Adnyamathanha Elder
The Adnyamathanha people were 100 % self sufficient living with what the land provided for thousands of years long before any signs of supermarkets and mass production of food sources. This concept for our city dwelling school students makes for excellent student learning and cultural understanding.
"We are thrilled Stefan joins school camps, the students always respond positively learning about Aboriginal culture."
Stefan Wilton is the archetypal Adnyamathanha Aboriginal man. He has spent his entire life in the Flinders Ranges, immersed in his culture. He grew up in Nepabunna Aboriginal Community, surrounded by family, actively practicing and passing on their cultural knowledge. Stefan spent much of his childhood in the bush, learning from his uncles and especially his maternal grandmother, camping, trapping and tracking, cooking, collecting food and learning the stories of his land and the secrets of survival. It was a time when the Elders felt it was imperative that this knowledge be passed down as it was at great risk of being diluted and lost as more modern ways were being embraced. Stefan joins Camel Treks Australia on Secondary School camps, with him students might discover the secrets of how the Adnyamathanha bush men and women survived on the land, learning aboutbush tucker, bush medicine, plants and animals of significance to the Adnyamathanha people, how food and water was gathered, animals tracked and hunted.
In the evenings students can listen as Stefan shares Dreamtime Stories of the Adnyamathanha people. These Stories describe how the animals, the waterholes, the rocks and the stars in the sky are all connected. The Stories establish the laws of the Adnyamathanha people, of how we should live together, respect the land, the animals and each other. Camel Treks Australia is extremely fortunate and grateful to have Stefan's knowledge on camps.
2018 ... St.Kevin's returns to explore on a 10 day journey based adventure to Lake Eyre
July 23rd - August 3rd
Birdville Strezelecki ~ Legendary tracks of the Marree - Innamincka District
The Birdsville Track began during the 1880’s as the main stock route from Birdsville to Marree. The diversity of country between the four deserts, Tirari, Strzelecki, Sturt Stony and Simpson Desert is contrasted by the wetlands of Clayton river.
We'll be camel trekking at the start of the Birdsville Track on Clayton Station, it's here that we can enjoy a soak in the naturally hot artesian ground water watching the sunset light the sky. Guests can choose an optional extra on the first night to stay and enjoy luxury accommodation on Clayton Station situated on the escarpment at the edge of “The Clayton” creek, this accommodation choice offers a peaceful retreat you might never have expected on the world famous Birdsville Track.
The Birdsville Track became a legendary stock routes in the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century as pastoralism established itself in the arid entre of Australia. Long before that, however, they were part of ancient Aboriginal trails for trade, custom and their existence in this desert homeland. This region resonates with images of the colourful and legendary tales of explorers, adventurers and pastoralists.
Marree is a town where three cultures have grown together bound by transport and travel. It has the most multi-cultural heritage of all outback towns hosting Aboriginal, Muslim Cameleer and European communities during the latter part of the nineteenth and much of the twentieth. Teamsters, cameleers, stockmen, hawkers, railway workers and explorers passed through here to travel the Overland Telegraph Line, the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks and the Ghan railway.
Australia is a land of contrasts- the seasons, landscapes and wildlife vary at different times in history. Arid landscapes are incredibly fragile, whilst appearing barren and isolated they support a wide range of truly unique amazing plants and animals. Lake Eyre North is one of those amazing contrasts, especially when filled with water. The contrasting area around Lake Eyre varies, one thing is for certain, we can see as far as our eyes allow, there is no end to the horizon stretching for endless kilometres. The water catchment area for Lake Eyre is 1.3 million square km's.
Students joining Camel Treks Australia will travel with Genesis Tour & Charter, Adelaide Central Bus Station, departing at 7am ( or with prior arrangement Genesis can collect guests from any Hotel in Adelaide City ) to the township of Marree in the north of South Australia at the juntion of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Stock Tracks.
Camel Treks Australia's crew will transfer students from Marree township to the world famous Birdsville Track, enjoying a visit along the way to the Farina Ghan Town & historic Bakery there that comes alive during the month of July. Highlights of this 9 Day experience includes a visit to Farina, Marree, soaking in hot thermal desert artesian springs, exploring the Clayton River on Clayton Station, sighting Lake Eyre and the 11 meter sand dunes of Tirari Desert on Dulaninna Station.
The views on Clayton Station are amazing as landscapes vary from tree enclosed creeks to desert lands with rocky hills overlooking various scenery. On the first night students are introduced to their own fully netted canvas sleeping swag and enjoy a campfire meal. Take a relaxing dip in an artesian spa or enjoy a hot shower or bath straight from the artesian bore. Clayton Station is a working cattle station, you may see kangaroos, dingos, emus, brolgas, wild horses and Camels and more wildlife.
Camel Treks Australia crew will be following Topographical Maps from Clayton Station journeying between Clayton River and the Tirari Desert heading towards Lake Eyre North before turning into the Tirari Desert crossing through sand dune country completing the Camel trek at 'Coolibah Camp' situated in a picturesque creek bed setting 1km from Dulkaninna Station Homestead which provides hot water showers, toilets and a camp kitchen for a celebratory final night and a clean up!
It is expected we will be travelling between 10 - 15 km's per day,some days may be shorter or considerably longer, however students can combine walking and riding throughout the journey.
Depart Adelaide with Genesis Bus and Charter or self drive to Marree township or Clayton Station S.A. Enjoy commentary from Adelaide right through to the Birdsville Track. Stop off to explore the Ghost town called 'Farina' which fires up the old undergrouns Bakery each July, keep some loose change for a freshly made pie, pasty or cake. Be welcomed by the wooden Camel in Marree, once the home of many early Australian Afghan Cameleers then turn into the famous Birsdville Track headed for Clayton Station. It wil be a long day, but dinner will be ready and a soak in Clayton's hot artesan fed spa bath awaits.
Clayton Station ' Hot Artesian Fed Spa'
Illturina Waterhole on the Clayton River
Burnt Tree Yard on the Clayton River
Needlewood Tank in the Tirari Desert
July Day 6.)
Kelly's waterhole in the Tirari Desert
(soak in an amazing natural wetland )
Ruins on Dulkaninna
Dulkinnia 'Coolibah Camp' off the Birdsville Track
Students return with Camel Treks Australia crew to Marree
township and meet the Genesis Tour & Charter bus for the return transfer to Adelaide.
Students develop a relationship with the camels, camp under thousands of stars and dine on meals they prepare over the camp fire flames. 9 days allows for a new rhythm to develop, one that will connect you to yourself and the land.
BUS CHARTER -
Students depart Adelaide Central Bus Station with Genesis Tour & Charter at 7am on Monday morning and after appropriate breaks on the way including the Quorn Cafe for lunch, Copley & Farina Bakeries, they are then dropped off at the Marree by about 5pm where they can enjoy stretch before heading up the Birdsville Track in Camel Treks Australia's OKA off road four wheel drive. On the returning journey we depart Dulkaninna Station in the OKA for the Marree arriving between 6 - 7 am and then students return with Genesis Tour & Charter arriving into Adelaide approx. between 6 - 7pm.
Feedback from St.Kevin's secondary school camp ~
July / August 2017
I hope you are well and managing to find some time to relax.
Firstly, a huge thank you to you and your team for all of your efforts in ensuring our camel expedition was a meaningful and memorable experience. Whenever I talk to folks in the College community about the program, they are overwhelmed by what an incredible experience this program presents. Genuinely, we are so pleased with the program. I have spoken to some of the 'desert students' recently and they can't stop speaking about it. I know how much time and effort go into these programs and I am so thankful.
2018 - I am extremely keen to book in for next year. I know I spoke to Sam a few months ago regarding dates and i think we have penciled ourselves in.
I think that is all for now. Thanks again for your hardwork and hope to hear from you soon!
Student Camp Experiences
Campgrounds vary from providing facilities like the one shown in this footage, through to others which have no infrastructure other than nature and a sense of real bush camping.
Students learn about Afghan Cameleer history on camp, they are able to walk and ride over an interesting section of the Old Ghan Railway line and get a real appreciation of the work that was undertaken, as well as learning about how camels were packed to carry the supplies in on their backs. They learn about grooming, saddle placement, basic handling and riding.
A Teacher's Testimonial
Varied learning experiences are introduced on a Camel Treks Australia's school treks. Not shown on this youtube, we also include GPS / Map locating, First Aid, Flora and Fauna identification.
Photography and Film themed Camel treks
Professional photographer guides students on photography and film-themed camel treks. Students will earn what it takes to capture memorable images. The instructor discusses lighting, composition, and much more, answering photography questions from beginners through to advanced level practice.
The Camel trekking grounds are a a photographer’s paradise showcasing abundant wildlife, bird life and rugged ranges incorporating the iconic ranges, landmarks, and sand dunes. The camels make for fabulous subjects and blend beautifully within this ancient natural landscape.
Outback expedition forges strong bonds
YEAR 10 students from Walford Anglican School for Girls have just returned from a bumpy ride across the Flinders Ranges on camel back. As well as riding camels, the girls were involved in camel herding and developing camel husbandry skills, such as brushing, saddling and feeding.
They were actively involved in selecting and setting up camping sites each day, were audience to captivating guest speakers each night around the campfire, and undertook a photography course with leading landscape photographer, Pete Dobré. The camel trek is part of Walford's outdoor expedition program.
Replacing traditional camps, the expeditions are part of a broader resilience program, and have been designed to stretch and challenge the girls, while still holding broad appeal and catering to all students.
Walford's principal Rebecca Clarke says: "Being able to bounce back from adversity is an essential life skill. Our outdoor adventure program for all our Year 10 students tackles it in a unique way. It is a very real way of facing fears, accepting challenges and developing resilience."
Walford boarding student Romani Morath was among the participants in the program.
"The expedition was a challenging, thrilling and enjoyable experience," she says.
"It was great to step outside my comfort zone, challenge myself both physically and mentally, and also expand my friendships."
-The Weekend Australian; November 2015
TEACHER FEEDBACK FROM SEPTEMBER 2017
Dear Paul and Karen, Camel Treks Australia,
Thank you for your excellent service in providing our Camel Trek experience over the past 10 days, this has truly been a once in a lifetime event and I am sure that the students will remember it fondly for many years to come. As you know the Camel Trek has been a long-standing event at our school and the students have been looking forward to it since kindergarten, given this long anticipation it is remarkable that the trek not only lived up to their expectations but surpassed them.
The success of our camp was due to several factors which I would like to commend;
· The remarkable location – what an honour to be able to see the Ediacaran Fossil fields especially, but the challenge of moving through the landscape – across the countless sandhills to Lake Torrens, over the plains and clay pans and our night in the oasis of green at the Creek, gave the students a chance to test their limits and also just be in this harsh and beautiful place in a way that soaked into their consciousness.
· The level of challenge on the Lake Torrens leg of the journey especially - good for stretching the students – and they were so impressed at the strength and stamina of the camels and cameleers in supporting them.
· The quality of your people – they were warm, resourceful, responsive and humorous. They did their work with efficiency and were also excellent role models for the students in terms of toughness, strength and integrity without compromising on kindness to the students or the camels. It was also really appreciated having flexibility around meal prep routines – my class are used to cooking for each other in a gesture of care for their peers and your staff adapted to this effortlessly.
· The food! Excellent, fresh, diverse, nutritious!
· The set up and gear – everything thought of and supplied.
· And of course the camels; having time to take responsibility for camel care with the support of the cameleers gave the students a chance to get to know their personalities, to understand their different stories and corresponding needs and to give back to these very noble and honourable beasts.
Thank you again for your work, it obviously driven by love of what you do and connection to the place and animals you work with.