Camel Trekking Menu 2018 / 2019

Camel Trekking Menu

2018 / 2019

Welcome to the Camel trekking menu, here you will find a briefing on everything we currently offer. If you are visiting the Central Flinders Ranges for a short stay, you can book a Camel riding Day Tour with afternoon lunch,or perhaps an Overnight Camel riding Safari. If you want to plunge right in, check out our Flinders Ranges and Off the Birdsville Track extended Camel adventures, school, corporate, and International Camel journeys in India, Mongolia, and Morocco.

Full Day Camel Riding Tour $240.00 AUD

April - May / September - October 2018 / 2019

Day Tours need to be booked by emailing Camel Treks Australia at cameltreksaustralia@gmail.com and are booked by prior arrangement only. Day Tours depart from Beltana Station at 11.30am visiting various landscapes and historic ruins. Beltana Station is rich with stories of camel-led expeditions and the breeding studs of Sir Thomas Elder. Enjoy a full day of exploring on camel back, meals, returning to the Homestead at approximately 5.30pm. Please contact us to arrange your preferred dates. Adults are $240 and children are discounted. Bus transportation is not available.

Overnight Camel Riding Safari $488.00 AUD

April - May / September - October 2018 / 2019

Overnight Safaris need to be booked by emailing Camel Treks Australia at cameltreksaustralia@gmail.com and are booked by prior arrangement only. Guests arrive at Beltana Station for an 11.30am departure. Overnight Safaris visit various landscapes on the historic station, once the origin of camel-led expeditions in the 1800s. Now it's home to abundant, diverse wildlife. Enjoy a full day and morning exploring on camel back, a night under the stars and all meals, returning to the Homestead at 11.30am.

3 Days / 3 Nights $1,460.00 AUD

See Calendar page for available dates

Perfect for a relaxing getaway and designed to occur over weekends making for an easy city escape. Arrive at Beltana Station in the afternoon between 1.30 - 2.30 pm and enjoy a camel ride that delivers you to an evening camp site and camp fire meal. Treks explore varied tracks in a spectacular region of the Flinders Ranges. Treks conclude after midday on Monday. These treks are perfect for people living in Adelaide looking for a weekend getaway. Bus transportation is not available over the weekend. 

4 Days / 4 Nights $1,860.00 AUD

See Calendar page for available dates in 2018 at a reduced rate.

You'll love the spectacular and varied landscape of the Central Flinders Ranges.  Arrive at Beltana Station in the afternoon between 1.30 - 2.30pm and enjoy a camel ride that delivers you to your campsite and an evening camp fire meal. Four day treks explore beautiful gorges, creeks and plains, each days landscape is different from the day before. Enjoy sleeping under the stars and returning to the camel yards around midday on your day of departure. Genesis Tour and Charter offers a return bus service to Adelaide on many four day treks. We love four day treks, they allow for a restful immersion into the environment and a great break away.

5 Days / 5 Nights $2,060

See Calendar page for available dates

The 5 Day Camel Trek showcases the best of the Flinders Ranges providing an opportunity to explore a different pace of living.

There are many tracks we explore with our guests and it can be a tough decision for the cameleer staff which tracks we should share with guests on shorter treks because we want to share it all. On these five day treks we can share it all! Genesis Tour and Charter offers return bus service to Adelaide on many five day treks.

Family themed Camel Treks

See Calendar for available dates / Adults are $1680 per person, children U 12yrs are discounted.

Camel Treks Australia offers specific Family themed Camel Treks so that families can fully relax knowing anyone embarking on a Family Trek is expecting to be around kids. These treks are a favourite for the Ellis family, they enjoy seeing children happily occupied camel riding and exploring new terrains, sighting for shooting stars and camping at night. Kids are encouraged to look out for native animals on the tracks whilst riding or walking, collect firewood and help with making at least one camp oven cake for dessert. Playing in the shallow spring fed natural water holes and roasting marshmallows around the camp fire at night are definite favourites with kids.

 

Family Treks are currently offered for children aged between 4 and 12 years in the South Australian public school holidays.

 

Paul and Karen have accepted children aged under 4 years after communicating suitability with parents, these youngsters ride in the same saddle seat as a parent.  The experience is 100% camping in double or single swags with tent options and nightly camp fires. Musical parents or children are encouraged to bring their instruments. 

 

Genesis Tour and Charter bus service does not typically align with these treks.

Photography Trek  4 Days/4 Nights $2,280

See Photography page for available dates

Professional Photographers offer tuition and guidance, discusses composition, camera settings and modes, making the most of the beautiful natural light of the landscape, and much more, answering any photography questions you may have from beginners through to intermediates and advanced. 

Extended camel riding trek exploring the 'Far North Flinders Ranges' Outback S.A $3,240 p.p

September Monday 10th - Tuesday 18th and October Monday 8th - Tuesday 16th 2018 / book via calendar page

Tell them you've gone outback and don't want to miss sleeping under the stars with camel trekkers in a luxury swag!

The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges in Outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. We also trek close to Lake Torrens,a salt lake that stretches for 250km in a breathtakingly stark wilderness, providing excellent opportunities for photographers,and budding geologists. Skirted by red and yellow sand dunes, this salt bush country offers a stark contrast to the distant ridges of the Flinders Ranges.

In 1802, Matthew Flinders arrived in Port Augusta by ship. Accompanied by a crew including botanists and artists, they explored the 540-million year old landscape. Eventually, Governer Gawler named the Flinders Ranges in 1839 after Matthew Flinders.

The Flinders Ranges was underwater 120 million years ago. Erosion and deposition caused by frequent flooding formed incredible geological features, and left behind unique fossils that literally changed the geological timeline. 

 

The Flinders Ranges is timeless, wild, and starkly photogenic. This impressive landscape harbours a unique variety of wildlife. The endangered yellowfooted rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus can be seen throughout the landscape. You will see multiple species of reptiles and birds on your trek.

 

Guests on this trek can develop a relationship with the camels, rest in comfortable swags under thousands of stars, and dine on meals prepared over the camp fire coals.

 

Extended treks allow time for a new rhythm to develop, one that allows for relaxation from life's stresses and a deeper connection with outdoor living. We welcome guests to become 'hands-on' with the camels and involved with the cameleers in grooming, saddling, leading, hobbling, and shepherding. The Flinders Range's valleys and granite peaks provide excellent opportunities for photography and studying the geology of the area, flora, and fauna.

Guests joining Camel Treks Australia will have the option to book a return bus service with Genesis Tour & Charter (Bus Charter cost is $135 each way per person) from Adelaide Central Bus Station to Yadlamalka Station, departing Adelaide at 6:45am. With prior arrangement, Genesis Tour & Charter can collect guests from any Hotel in Adelaide City for an additional fee of $10. Guests will enjoy a comfortable seat and friendly commentary until arrival in the Far North Flinders Ranges and the first night's bush camp with the camels.

You'll be journeying with experienced Camels and Cameleers, served tasty camp oven mealsprepared fresh every meal, have the back up of satellite phones and Epirbs, UHF handsets, support vehicles,  and senior staff that are qualified in remote first aid training. 

Camel Treks Australia is proud to explore the Australian outback with a comprehensive Royal Flying Doctor Chest on every journey. We adhere to best practice safety standards and enjoy a safe adventure. Crew will be following Topographical Maps and using modern GPS's. 

It is expected that we will be travelling approximately 12 - 15 km's per day. Some days may be shorter or longer and guests can combine walking and riding throughout the journey. We also have back up vehicles that can transfer any guests who might decide to take a day off and spend time with the crew shifting camps. All meals without exception include fresh salad, fruits, and vegetables. Everything is fresh! Guests are amazed at the tucker we offer and what comes out of the camp ovens each night. There are no restrictions on food or water intake and all water is clean, transported in food grade quality containers.

 

On the returning journey to Adelaide guests depart with Alan from Genesis Tour & Charter at approximately 8am, arriving into Adelaide between 5 - 6pm depending on the frequency of stops and traffic conditions. Please note: This is a booked service,to book please call Alan on ph.08 8552 4000 or email: genesis@genesistransport.com.au 

Desert Expedition, off the World Famous Birdsville Track $3,240

July Monday 9th - Tuesday 17th and August Monday 13th - Tuesday 21st 2018

Birdsville 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 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, customs, 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 and one thing is for certain: we can see as far as our eyes allow and there is no end to the horizon. The water catchment area for Lake Eyre is 1.3 million square km's.

 

​Highlights of this 9 Day experience include a visit to Farina, Marree, soaking in hot thermal desert artesian springs, exploring the Clayton River and the Tirari Desert.

 

Guests on these treks will develop a relationship with the camels, camp under thousands of stars, and dine on meals prepared over the camp fire flames. Extended treks allow for a new rhythm to develop, one that will connect you to yourself and the land.

 

Guests joining Camel Treks Australia will have the option to 'book' with Genesis Tour & Charter (Bus Charter cost is $160 each way per person) from Adelaide Central Bus Station, departing at 6:45am. With prior arrangement, Genesis can collect guests from any Hotel in Adelaide City for an additional fee of $10. You will arrive at the township of Marree at the juntion of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Stock Tracks and then beyond to Clayton Station. Guests choosing to book with Genesis Tour & Charter will enjoy stop off's at one of the many Quorn township cafes, Farina Historic underground bakery, and the Marree Historic Hotel. Once in Marree, most guests choose to enjoy a beer and a meal at the Hotel before making the final 50km journey with Genesis to the trek start point on Clayton Station. Alternatively, guests can self drive to Marree and Clayton Station leaving their vehicles safely for the duration of the Camel trek. Camel Treks Australia requests that guests self driving be aware that the region is remote and a large section is travelled on unsealed roads. Guests self driving can meet other trekkers at the Historic Marree Hotel for a beer and a meal around 7pm before heading out to Clayton 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 you will be introduced to you 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, wild Camels, and more wildlife. 

 

Camel Treks Australia crew will be following Topographical Maps and using a GPS, journeying between Clayton River, Lake Eyre and the Tirari Desert.

 

It is expected we will be travelling approximately 10 - 12 km's per day, some days may be shorter or longer, however guests can combine walking and riding throughout the journey; we also have back up vehicles that can transfer any guests who might decide to take a day off and spend time with the crew shifting camps. All meals without exception include fresh salad, fruits and vegetables, everything is fresh; guests are amazed at the tucker we offer and what comes out of the camp ovens each night.  

 

9th July Day 1.)  

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.

 

Night 1.)

Clayton Station - soak in a mineral rich Hot Artesian Fed Sp

 

Day 2.)

Illturina Waterhole on the Clayton River

 

Day 3.)

Burnt Tree Yard on the Clayton River

          

Day 4.) 

Needlewood Tank in the Tirari Desert

(visit to Lake Eyre weather permitting)

 

Day 5.)

Kelly's waterhole in the Tirari Desert, 

enjoying a wetland between the dunes

(soak in a hot mineral rich artesian wetland)

 

Day 6.)

Limestone Tank

 

Day 7.)

Blue Tractor wetland .. maybe spot some

dancing brolga's!

(enjoy a hot water wash in mineral rich artesian water)

 

Day 8.)

Return to Clayton Station for a soak

in the 'Hot Artesian Fed Spa'.

 

Day 9.)

Guests returning to Adelaide with Genesis Tour & Charter will depart Clayton Station with Alan from Genesis Tour & Charter for their return to Adelaide, once again enjoying a visit to the Historic underground bakery at Farina, then if time permits a visit to the famous Jeff Morgan Art Gallery in Hawker, dine in at your choice of one of many 'Quorn Cafe's', then sit back with a full belly and Alan's commentary for the remainder of the trip to Adelaide. 

 

 

BUS CHARTER -

Please note the bus service cost in 2018 is $160 each way, and guests choosing to travel with Genesis Tour & Charter depart from Adelaide Central Bus Station at 6:45 am on the Monday morning and after appropriate breaks along the way that allow guests to order from the menu, including one of the many cafes in the Quorn township for lunch, Copley & Farina Bakeries, and the Historic Marree Hotel for their evening meal where they can enjoy a beer before heading up the Birdsville Track to Clayton Station. Once at Clayton Station guests can enjoy a soak in a spa bath enjoying mineral rich, naturally hot artesian waters.

 

On the returning Wednesday, 17 July, guests depart Clayton Station with Alan from Genesis Tour & Charter at approximately 7am, arriving into Adelaide between 7 - 8pm depending on the frequency of stops and traffic conditions.Please note: This is a booked service,to book please call Alan on ph.08 8552 4000 or email: genesis@genesistransport.com.au 

 

International Journeys ~ India ~ $5,540

3rd - 15th January 2019

Journey with us to Mother India, she won't disappoint! A well planned journey supported by local guides Vijayant and Tejvir, customised and visually spectacular. Please visit our websites comprehensive India tour page linked below.

Intimate International journeys are for the discerning traveller in search of traditional culture. A compelling concept in travel where deep knowledge and local intelligence blend seamlessly to create extraordinary experiences.

 

Delivered with passion, style and integrity, our remit ranges from private journeys through the Indian Subcontinent and South-east Asia to ruggedly exciting adventures in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.

 

We combine a ruthlessly curated selection of traditional abodes through to the very best boutique accommodation. Great lengths have been taken to provide our guests with an inspirational journey, redefining enjoyment of culture in the 21st century by some of the most knowledgeable guides and tourism connoisseurs.

 

You will enjoy our personal care as well as our broad and fine attention to detail. Our experience is your experience, let us redefine your next travel adventure.

International Journeys ~ Mongolia ~ $6,996

3rd - 15th March 2019

The Golden Eagle Festival, Thousand Camel Festival, luxury accommodation through to living alongside traditional Mongols in the Gobi Desert. This is a well planned and executed tour, please visit our websites comprehensive Mongolia tour page linked below.

 

Intimate International journeys are for the discerning traveller in search of traditional culture. A compelling concept in travel where deep knowledge and local intelligence blend seamlessly to create extraordinary experiences.

 

Delivered with passion, style and integrity, our remit ranges from private journeys through the Indian Subcontinent and South-east Asia to ruggedly exciting adventures in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.

 

We combine a ruthlessly curated selection of traditional abodes through to the very best boutique accommodation. Great lengths have been taken to provide our guests with an inspirational journey, redefining enjoyment of culture in the 21st century by some of the most knowledgeable guides and tourism connoisseurs.

 

You will enjoy our personal care as well as our broad and fine attention to detail. Our experience is your experience, let us redefine your next travel adventure.

International Journeys ~ Morocco ~$4,420

19th March - 1st April 2019

Join Camel Treks Australia crew for a Moroccan camel journey where you will explore everything from the markets of Marrakesh to the sand dunes of the Sahara for a desert adventure.

Intimate International journeys are for the discerning traveller in search of traditional culture. A compelling concept in travel where deep knowledge and local intelligence blend seamlessly to create extraordinary experiences.

 

Delivered with passion, style and integrity, our remit ranges from private journeys through the Indian Subcontinent and South-east Asia to ruggedly exciting adventures in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.

 

We combine a ruthlessly curated selection of traditional abodes through to the very best boutique accommodation. Great lengths have been taken to provide our guests with an inspirational journey, redefining enjoyment of culture in the 21st century by some of the most knowledgeable guides and tourism connoisseurs.

 

You will enjoy our personal care as well as our broad and fine attention to detail. Our experience is your experience, let us redefine your next travel adventure.

Primary and Secondary School Camps

Annually / Prices vary depending on activities from $150 - $375 per student per day.

Camel Treks Australia takes curriculum out of the classroom and into the Flinders Ranges Outback South Australia, one of the oldest landscapes in the world. 

 

Camps are designed in consultation with school teachers and students. We aim to complement each school's philosophy, providing students and teachers with enjoyable safe outdoor education. Camps are based on guided self discovery learning with tasks that develop communication, decision-making, problem-solving, resilience, team building and leadership. Photography is one of the main subjects with optional add on's such as survival skills and geology.

 

For more comprehensive information regarding our Secondary School Camps program for Years 7 - 10, please visit our other web site.

Corporate Treks

See Calendar page for available dates / Prices vary depending on activities from $220 - $450 per corporate per day.

Corporate treks enjoy special evening guests including an Aboriginal Elder and an Afghan descendant who share stories of this regions rich history. A section of the trek allows participants to walk or ride the camels on the original Old Ghan Railway,a highlight for many.

 

Challenges will include navigation, map reading,and a crash course in cameleering. 

 

Our photographer will journal your groups images on trek. A collation of images presented in a beautiful hard cover book is an optional extra.

 

Please contact us for more information at cameltreksaustralia@gmail.com

Camel Training Camps

April/May 2019 (Dates TBD)

Experienced Cameleers demonstrate how to start with untrained camels. Fully trained camels will be available to learn from and ride. Limited to eight participants. This course is for people who ideally own camels and want to learn how to saddle and ride them as you would with a horse.Participants are welcome to bring two camels per booking. A number of limited separate yards will be available on a first come first served basis. All breakfast, lunches and two evening meals will be provided. Two optional evening meals will support local outback pubs the Hawker Hotel and Prairie Hotel at Parachilna or cook you own in the Homestead kitchen. *We are aiming to have camels available for sale at the training camp, please enquire.

 

*Camels that we are aiming to have available for sale will be clean and mange free; options for purchasing and keeping them with Camel Treks Australia for continued training and a later pick - up or summer delivery depending on distance. The camels we are aiming to have available for sale will be of a mature enough age to train & ride ... eg. not babies. We do keep bull camels, but will not on sell mature bull camels to persons unknown to us. We hope this information assists. 

 

Note: All training courses are currently fully booked out until 2019.

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