The first camels and their Afghan handlers came to South Australia in the 1800's. Now you can trek along the same paths where the original cameleers once ventured.
The Far North Flinders Ranges of South Australia
Explore a landscape more than 600 million years old.
Far North Flinders Ranges - camel trekking annually between April ~ October
The rugged, weathered peaks and river red gum lined rocky creek beds of the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. Soak up the true beauty of the sun setting against the Flinders Ranges and over the magnificent Lake Torrens,the second largest salt lake in the southern hemisphere. Fall in love with the red, orange coloured sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see in this semi-arid bush wilderness. It's a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife. The Aboriginal people of the Northern Flinders Ranges at the time of European settlement were the Wailpi, Guyani, Jadliaura and Pilatapa. These four language groups are now collectively referred to as the Adnyamathanha. Camel Treks Australia acknowledge the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nation of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal have with the land.
Meet the cameleers and camels - Arrival at Historic Beltana Station, S.A -
Beltana Station is regarded as a South Australia historical crown jewel, and was created 163 years ago, with Sir Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith among its former owners. Sir Thomas Elder instigated camels coming into Australia in 1866 to support exploration and provide transport through the region from the various railheads that were established in the Flinders Ranges. Camel History has it's home here located in the Far North Flinders Ranges, 5 h 48mins (531.5 km) north of Adelaide City via Princes Hwy and the B83. The other option is 5 h 53 min (509.0 km)north of Adelaide City via R M Williams Way/B80 and the B83. Most guests begin their journey to us via the City of Adelaide travelling with the coach service Genesis Tour & Charter.
We recommend travel to Camel Treks Australia's base on Beltana Station in the comfort of Genesis Tour & Charter bus service enjoying frequent rest and refreshment stops. Genesis Tour & Charter's service is contactable via email@example.com. If you are self driving you'll be on bitumen for the bulk of the duration with the exception of 8km's of dirt road to park your vehicle at Beltana Station. The dirt road is suited to 2 wheel drive entry. Most drivers will pass through the Clare Valley wine district, and Quorn township which offer sightseeing opportunities.
Departure from Historic Beltana Station -
Beltana Station trekkers depart the campsite with cameleers by four wheel drive and meet Genesis Tour & Charter at the turn off on the main Leigh Creek Hwy for an approximate departure time of 7.30am. Cameleers will remain with guests until they have boarded. This services stop for refreshments and regular toilet breaks arriving in the Adelaide City Central Bus Station between 4.00pm - 6.00pm depending on weather and traffic conditions. Guests planning to catch evening flights from the Adelaide City International Airport can pay an additional fee of $10 per person for Genesis Tour & Charter to transport them directly to the airport arriving at approximately 6pm which allows for check-in on most domestic and international evening flights.
Return Transfer from Adelaide City, South Australia -
Genesis Tour & Charter Bus Service please contact Alan & his team to arrange your ticket.
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Self - driving directions -
Please arrive at 2.30pm Old Woolshed, Beltana Station
We recommend setting your GPS to Beltana Station, Beltana Station Rd, Beltana SA 5730
Adelaide City, South Australia
Take Grote St to Sir Donald Bradman Dr/A6 4 min (1.2 km)
Take South Rd and National Highway A1 to Mallala Rd in Two Wells 39 min (44.0 km)
Follow Mallala Rd and Traeger Rd to Balaklava Rd/B84 in Balaklava 36 min (53.4 km)
Turn right onto Balaklava Rd/B84 5 min (8.2 km)
Follow Blyth Plains Rd & Blyth Rd to Horrocks Hwy/Main N Rd/B82 in Clare 29 min (41.1 km)
Follow R M Williams Way/B80 and B83 to Beltana Rd in Beltana Station 3 h 46 min (360 km)
Follow Beltana Rd to your destination
Self-driving tips -
Travelling from Adelaide into the Flinders Ranges region you'll find cafes and fuel stations along the way. If you choose to drive to Beltana Station, the last fuel station is located at the Hawker township in the Central Flinders Ranges and closes at 5pm; Beltana Station is another 135.6km's from Hawker. We also recommend driving during the day whilst you are in the Flinders Ranges, avoiding sunrise and sunset as the kangaroo population is plentiful and you can expect to find them crossing roads at all times, especially at dawn and dusk.
If you are travelling to Yadlamalka Station you will travel via Port Augusta City which has a multitude of fuel stations and eateries from fast food to restaurants as well as shopping centres.
Accommodation the night beforehand is recommended at -
Most journeys to Camel Treks Australia begin in Adelaide City.
A tasty must do is the Adelaide Central Market.
The roads leading to Beltana Station are all bitumen with the exception of the last 8km's of dirt road that is well graded and suitable for 2 wheel drive. If you plan to visit the Flinders Ranges National Park before or after your camel trek, we highly recommend hiring a four wheel drive.
Car rentals are available at the Adelaide International Airport, Adelaide City and all major cities in Australia and their respective airports. International visitors please note that in Australia vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. We additionally advise that you drive during daylight hours when visibility is best. Wildlife roam at dawn and dusk and at night and may suddenly appear crossing roads.
Four wheel drive hire is also available in the Central Flinders Ranges township of Hawker. Guests often catch the Genesis Tour & Charter service to Hawker and then four wheel drive hire with Chris's Mechanical car service. This is often preferred by travellers as Chris and his team are on standby should you experience any challenges during your stay in the Flinders Ranges.
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What else can I do before and after my camel trek?
When in Adelaide a must do is a visit to the Central Market.
Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons. Voted best Tour & Transport Operator in S.A. 3 years running and the only fully accredited ghost tour within the tourism industry.
Quorn Caravan Park is a great place to stay if you want to travel up the day before your camel trek.
The Flinders Ranges National Park is world renowed for it's geological significance and beauty. Hiring a four wheel drive in Hawker is a great way to extend your stay.
There is no-one better to fly with than a local who can add stories to the vision. Air safaris to Lake Eyre, Coopers Creek, Innamincka, Birdsville, Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, the Gammon Ranges, sunrise or sunset flights to nearby private stations or customised private itineraries.
Travel from Adelaide to our base in the Flinders Ranges via the famous Clare Valley Wine and fine food region.
Located 540 km north of Adelaide and 240 m above sea level, Beltana is a truly remarkable State Heritage listed town in outback South Australia. Settlers began arriving in the area in the 1850s and 60s, and the town was surveyed in 1873.
Nilpena Station boasts one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. The key evidence of the beginnings of life comes from Nilpena Station in the Flinders Ranges. 555 million years ago the desert backdrop of the Flinders Ranges was submerged below shallow tropical seas, and ocean floors inhabited by Earth’s first animals. This ancient ocean was inhabited by the first large, complex marine organisms - the Ediacara biota. These ancient organisms represent a snapshot of the earliest evidence of large, complex life from which we all descended.
The Prairie Hotel has an outback drinking bar with it's own lager label, showcasing Aboriginal art, country hospitality and great food.
Jump on board the historic Pichi Richi Steam Train Railway loacted at Quorn, about an hour south of our location.
Explore the Clare Valley
If you are self driving or have hired a car take the scenic route thought the Clare Valley on your way to the Flinders Ranges. You'll find boutique businesses in historic bluestone buildings, markets selling produce made using antique presses and grindstone technology, from olive oil to saltbush lamb. Clare Valley is home to an emerging gourmet food scene. Take the opportunity to taste the best locally grown produce served in beautiful historic buildings.
The Clare Valley has been making wine since the first grapes were planted in 1851. Jesuit Priests fleeing religious persecution in Silesia (now part of Poland), planted the Clare Valley's first vines. They originally made sacramental wine but within 15 years, other budding winemakers moved in. Today there are more than 40 cellar doors along a narrow 40 kilometre corridor, between Auburn and Clare. The towns are spaced closely together.
Stay longer in the Flinders Ranges
A trip to the Flinders Ranges is something every South Australian should experience. A few days in this beautifully rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape will stay with you forever and change the way you look at the world.
It’s vast, ancient and seemingly empty. It is full of adventures and a world far removed from any modern city. There’s the strange beauty of the giant, natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound and the siren call of the opal fields. It’s like stepping into a different world.
Experience the peace and darkness at night in the bush.
Feel part of nature with emus and kangaroos passing by your accommodation.
There are magnificent mountains, glowing red in the sunset, with caps of lichen covered rocks and razored edges.
Port Augusta and Quorn
SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT
Most of our guests are looking for an outback experience, so we recommend if you are driving from Adelaide to our location that you take an overnight break at Spear Creek Station and explore Port Augusta and the surrounding area.
Here's our choice of suggestions ~
#1. STAY OVERNIGHT AT SPEAR CREEK STATION
If you are travelling from Adelaide to Camel Treks Australia plan to allow an extra day to truly immerse yourself in the region, you won't regret it!
Located 25 kilometres south-east of Port Augusta, the eastern boundary follows the summit of the ranges north from Horrocks Pass, with walking trails through deep gorges to range top views of upper Spencer Gulf. You may meet any of the three different species of kangaroos, echidnas or 85 species of birds including wedge-tail eagles and peregrine falcons who call Spear Creek home.
The owner operators of this small tourism business are fifth generation whose families have been farmers and graziers in this district for over 130 years. This working sheep station abounds with history - trees scarred by Aboriginals removing boomerangs and shields and the remains of the original pastoral leaseholder's home established in 1849.
The caravan park is nestled amongst 400 year old river red gums adjacent to the ranges. They have accommodation option including, powered and unpowered sites, spacious two bedroom bungalows each with its own courtyard and gas barbecue, motel style rooms with en-suite and basic cooking facilities. Guests staying in the bunk style accommodation or camping in the caravan park, can enjoy a fully equipped kitchen and dining room area. Numerous fire rings provide the ambience of the bush. Bush camping along the creek is available for groups large and small.
Wadlata Visitor Information Centre & " The Tunnel of Time" within.
#2. Visit Wadlata Visitor Information Centre and "The Tunnel of Time".
The Wadlata Outback Centre is a major tourism attraction and an accredited Visitor Information Centre for the City of Port Augusta, in the Flinders Ranges and Outback of South Australia. This extremely popular attraction has won seven State Tourism Awards from eight nominations and services on an average, approximately 105,000 visitors per year.
A self guided tour through Wadlata's, "Tunnel of Time", is the must see and do before or after visiting the Flinders Ranges & Outback as it will give you a better understanding of how it evolved and make you want to get out there and enjoy it yourself. Going through the "Tunnel of Time" you will be transported back to where the dinosaurs roamed the land, be introduced to the people who first owned, explored, settled and who live there today. The "Tunnel of Time" is like Dr Who's Tardis....it just keeps going and going. You could walk through in 10 minutes or you may take 4 - 5 hours to explore it all.
Also located at Wadlata is The Outback Tuckerbox which makes great coffee with South Australian roasted coffee beans. The speciality tea leaves brewed in a tea pot has proven to be a real winner and the burgers are said to be the best in town. The majority of the food including the cakes are cooked on site and they even bake the gluten free loaf bread.
Last but not least Wadlata also has a great 'Gift Shop' stocking a comprehensive range of Australian Made gifts, a huge range of native bush foods, maps, books and general souvenirs suitable for all age groups. Wadlata is suggessted as a highly recommended visit.
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
#3. Visit the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
Please don’t miss this award winning visitor centre, the friendly staff can also book you on a guided garden tour to make the most out of your visit. They have a gorgeous café situated in one of Port Augusta’s most peaceful and scenic locations. It’s also open 7 days a week and offers a huge range of mouth-watering, home-cooked dishes including their famous Banjo patties seasoned with native herbs & spices or their yummy Lemon Myrtle pancakes with quandong icecream!
Pichi Richi Railway ~ Port Augusta & Quorn departures
#4. Visit the Pichi Richi Railway ~ An authentic outback railway in the Flinders Ranges
This requires pre-planning and you'll need to check that a train is operating on the days that you are in the region. The Pichi Richi Railway is a heritage tourist railway and operating museum, running regular heritage train journeys on the oldest remaining section of the famous narrow gauge old Ghan railway. Pichi Richi Railway has its headquarters at Quorn, in South Australia's Flinders Ranges. Trains depart from Quorn and Port Augusta.
Don't forget to check out ... Quorn's cafes
FLINDERS RANGES & OUTBACK Information Centres