The September 2014 Munga-Thirri Expedition marked the end of an era for the Outback Camel Company
as it was the last 'commercial' expedition that we operated,
bringing to a close 38 years of exploring Australia's deserts on commercial treks & expeditions.
Beginning in 2015, we no longer offer commercial treks & expeditions to the general public, as we now work exclusively for Australian Desert Expeditions (ADE) on their scientiifc & ecological surveys.
You are however able to join some of these surveys as volunteers, assisting the ecologists with their field work
and still partake in the unique camel trekking experience that we have offered since 1976.
Please remember that ADE does not operate camel riding safaris - all the surveys are walking experiences in remote areas assisted by our team of packcamels. You could describe these surveys as the ultimate desert walking experience, as we are able to access areas that no one else visits.
On a survey your active participation is essential and you will be asked to contribute to the operation of your trek or expedition, assisting our cameleers with the daily tasks. The comprehensive pre-departure information will help to ensure that you are well prepared for the enriching experience of working with the camels. Duties would include shepherding them in the mornings & evenings whilst they feed and, under the supervision of the cameleers, helping to saddle the camels and load the equipment. Your Outback Camel Company cameleers cook all the meals on the campfire but help from aspiring chefs is always welcome!
The spirit of the day is determined by the pace of travel of the camels, geographical features & obstacles. So it is important to be prepared to meet the desert on its own terms and adjust to 'desert time'.
Don't be concerned if you have never trekked with camels before. We have many first timers on our trips who know next to nothing about camels when their trek or expedition departs, but by the end of the trip are totally enamoured by the experience of working with, and walking alongside, these incredible animals.