Learning Opportunities

Stefan Wilton
Landscape Photography and Film Study:
Optional Extra

As we journey through the Flinders Ranges award winning photographer Pete Dobre guides students towards best use of their cameras and how to look from behind the lens. Pete encourages willing students to rise early for the morning sun and the night owls to join him in shooting the stars. Cameras are also utilized to record daily highlights and as a form of diary. On the final evening students, teachers and trek staff gather for our last shared meal together and group presentation of trek highlights and favourite images.

Optional Extras:

Schools and teachers can choose from the following to add to their experience: Teachers of Geology, Aboriginal history & Dreamtime stories with Adnyamathanha Aboriginal Elder, Astronomy, Survival Skills, Map & Compass Navigation, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting. 

How can groups get enthused before they arrive? 

It is highly recommended that students undertake a study of on of the following two books including to coincide with their own camel trekking / outback experience: Robyn Davidson's book Tracks and additionally or alternatively, In The Tracks Of The Camelmen, Outback Australia's Most Exotic Pioneers by Pamela Rajkowski. 

TRACKS by ROBYN DAVIDSON- In 1977 Davidson set off from Alice Springs for the west coast, with a dog and four camels, Dookie (a large male), Bub (a smaller male), Zeleika (a wild female), and Goliath (Zeleika's son). She had had no intention of writing about the 1700 mile journey, but eventually agreed to write an article for National Geographic Magazine. The National Geographic article was published in 1978 and attracted so much interest that Davidson decided to write a book about the experience eventually titled Tracks


Tracks won the inaugural Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1980 and the Blind Society Award. Davidson’s desert journey is remembered by Indigenous Australians she encountered along the way. Artist Jean Burke remembers Davidson in a painting called 'The Camel Lady' which was produced for a Warakurna Artists' exhibition in Darwin in 2011. Burke’s father, Mr Eddie, had trekked through Ngaanyatjarra lands with Davidson, guiding her to water sources along the way. Davidson mentions Mr Eddie in Tracks. 


In 2013, a film adaptation directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska was completed. The film Tracks screened at the Venice Film Festival in late 2013 and was released in Australian cinemas March 2014. Principle photography took place in Quorn, South Australia, and Beltana Station.

Adnyamathanha Aboriginal Immersion - 

The Adnyamathanha are the Aboriginal people of the northern Flinders Ranges. Adnyamathanha meaning 'hills' or 'rock people' is a term now used to describe the Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala, the traditional groups in the Flinders Ranges. The Aborigines of the Flinders Ranges have been living in the area for thousands of years. Their stories of how this ancient landscape was created are as fascinating as the scientist's explanations.