Archive for July, 2009

Beltana to Hawker

July 23, 2009
Hi Everyone,
 
Travelling through the Flinders Ranges is amazing. The scenery is stunning to say the least and the people have been warm and very friendly.
 
Some amazing things have happened. A young couple we met along the way were so impressed with what we had told them about the Children’s First Foundation they are going to organise a party with their friends and raise funds for the CFF through party games and drink sales. What a great idea and well done to them.
 
The weather has been reasonably kind to us and now we are along the highway it is hard and quite stressful. Our next stop is at Peterborough where we will then make our way east to gain some lost time, which is a small deviation from our original plan.
 
That way our entry point into Victoria will be from Wentworth into Mildura.
Take care everyone and keep posted as to what the Children First Foundation are doing. They are doing some amazing work with the kids.
All our love
 
Russell and Ros
 

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Beltana, Australia’s Camel Beginnings

July 14, 2009

Beltana
 

The Beginnings of the Camel Transport In Australia
 
Hi Everyone,
Ros and I have found ourselves on the Beltana Station which was the beginnings of the Inland Camel Transport System prior to the Ghan Railway and the use of motorised vehicles.
This fascinating place, Beltana Station and the township of Beltana ,is surrounded by Afghan Cameleer history and the beginnings of exploration and the opening up of the Australian Outback.
We have been staying at the Beltana Station hosted by Graham and Laura Ragless who have opened their station up as a tourist destination with accomodation and the opportunity to be a part of a working cattle and sheep station steeped in outback history.
    
Beltana Station (incorporating Puttapa Station) covers nearly 1/2 a million acres and is a fully working sheep and cattle station. Beltana station was first surveyed in 1854 and has played a part in South Australias early history. Sir Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith both owned Beltana station and through this association the Beltana Pastarol company was founded. Beltana was a part of this company up until 1983. Sir Thomas Elder imported camels some of the first in S.A and Beltana station became one of the most successful breeding depots in Australia. Expeditions were started from Beltana in the early days. One of the most successful was Ernest Giles 1875 experdition to W.A and back. Visitors are welcome to explore the history of the station. There are three 4wd tracks through the station taking is such sights as Lake Torrens, Mt Deception, Puttapa Springs, Old Beltana town and much more. Self drive or tag-a-long (by appointment). Beltana stations location means most places in the northern Flinders are accessable for day trips such as Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Parachilna, Leigh Creek and Historic Beltana. 11 shearers quarters 1860 built rooms accommodate well plus there is a 3 bedroom cottage available sleeping 8-10 comfortably. Caravans and camping welcome too and there is power available. Kid and Animal friendly. For more details feel free to call Laura or Graham on 08 86752256. http://www.beltanastation.com/ They are terrific people and have a great interest in the camel history of the region and the possibilities of a camel product industry in Australia.
 
The historical township of Beltana was of particular interest to us with the evidence of the Afghan Camaleer activities in outback Australia.
    
 
The region was totally fascinating and well worth a visit.
From here, we will be heading directly south towards Hawker and then onto Peterborough.
The entry into Victoria is coming soon and we hope to meet as many people as possible to join us by showing thanks to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation by walking with us through the towns along the route and Melbourne City.
Cheers for now.
 
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli
 
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