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.
Clayton Station - soak in a mineral rich Hot Artesian Fed Sp
Illturina Waterhole on the Clayton River
Burnt Tree Yard on the Clayton River
Needlewood Tank in the Tirari Desert
(visit to Lake Eyre weather permitting)
Kelly's waterhole in the Tirari Desert,
enjoying a wetland between the dunes
(soak in a hot mineral rich artesian wetland)
Blue Tractor wetland .. maybe spot some
(enjoy a hot water wash in mineral rich artesian water)
Return to Clayton Station for a soak
in the 'Hot Artesian Fed Spa'.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org