Archive for November, 2009

Camel Expedition Reaches Melbourne on time as Promised

November 30, 2009
The Darwin to Melbourne
Thank You Camel Expedition
Reaches Melbourne
 on the 22/11/09
 as
 promised.
 
 
Eighteen Months of walking,
Thirteen Years Of Planning,
Over Six Thousand Kilometers,
Handling Eight Camels ……through some of the harshest environments of the planet,
Isolation,
Broken Toes, Sore Bloody Feet, Camel Illnesses, wild camels
 
the list goes…………and it was worth every step of the way.
 
Hi everyone and a huge thank you to everyone who has helped the expedition be the success it was, (and still is).
 
I truely cannot believe the journey Roz and I have just been through. The camel expedition, the time taken in planning and setting up the expedition, the support from sponsors and the wider community, the emotional rollercoaster endured, the friends made, the scenery, the……etc. Just fabulous.
 
As we were approaching Melbourne, the lights from the city streets got brighter each evening. We were getting closer.
 
Staying at Andersons Storage and Removals was a good move as it allowed us time to get ready for the Melbourne Leg of the expedition.
 
Finally, the day arrived when we got onto the beach at Frankston after the CFA escorted us through the streets and the police blocking the traffic.
 
The trans-continental expedition was complete. I couldn’t believe it. We’ve walked through our magnificent country, totally on foot and seen the changes in the environments both naturally and because of human intervention. We’ve met truely amazing people both in the bush and in the towns. The clarity of the skys at night with billions of stars to entertain us endlessly, the rolling sand dunes rich in color and so much more.
 
We live in a truely beautiful country and need to do whatever it takes to protect it in every which way we can.
 
The mayor of Frankston met us as did hundreds of school kids both on the beach and along the way.
Eventually we made our way along the beach over the next few days, talking with people and getting donations for the Children First Foundation from all directions.
 
By this stage, word had been released about the separation of the twins, Trishna and Krishna at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Naturally, Moira Kelly, the twins guardian was occupied totally with the girls and the entire team attached to the Children First Foundation was working overtime with hearts filled with love and hope for the twins and their pending separation.
 
We always knew that we had chosen well to support the Children First Foundation but this news doubly affirmed our resolve to complete the expedition. Moira and those with the Children First Foundation and the medical staff who help the children deserves all of our thanks, locally, nationally and internationally.
 
Arriving at Melbourne Grammar was great. The CBD was in sight. Ian, My mate from Darwin and I went out to investigate the route of the expedition and it started to pour rain on us. The weather had turned and the march through the city was looking very wet.
 
It rained all night and the next morning when we met the Governor of Victoria and Mrs de Kretser before loading the camels in the rain and mud and heading through the city.
 
The first steps along St Kilda Road were anxious ones but slowly as the camels took all of the sights of a major city in, they relaxed and followed as they had been trained to do so.
 
People were everywhere as we walked through the city and past the Bourk and Wills Monument, past the town hall and onward to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
 
Moira came out of the hospital and greeted us and the hundreds of people who were with us. I still feel that words couldn’t say thank you enough to her. A woman of incredible courage and love.
 
Moira, the world says thank you to you for your life of changing and saving childrens lives.
 
I sang ‘for sentimental reasons’ to Ros, got down on one knee and asked this truely amazing woman to marry me. She agreed.
 
Most definitly the happiest moment  in my life so far.
 
Over the next few days we chatted to people who came down to the Hospital to see the camels.
 
With police support we managed to walk out of the city and into the rural zone.
 
Only two more days walking to do, to Kilmore and finally to the Children First Foundation Farm when the expedition, the thirteen years of planning, all of the challenges, hurdles and obsticales are over.
 
It feels great to know we have done good for others and that we have completed a task we set out to achieve.
 
This journey is by far not over yet. There is more to this story than what we have already done and over the next year this will become clear as the months go by. I’m not finished with this project yet and each and every one of you can be a part of it. More details later.
 
Please, we know what the Children First Foundation does now and just how they have changed the lives not only of the twins but scores, hundreds of children. Keep this invaluable work going by making a donation if you haven’t already at:
 
 
This donation page goes directly to the Children First Foundation.
 
Take care everyone and good luck, stay healthy and keep in touch with further developments of this expedition and it’s continuing effects because of everyones participation.
 
Cheers for now
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli (Osborne)
 
 
 

The Darwin To Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009
is acting on behalf of the Children First Foundation
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15th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Sun 15th Nov

North Road, Langwarren

Left – Bergman Rd

Right – Sunnybank Rd

Left – Bevnol Rd

Left – Warrandyte Rd

Right – Robinsons Rd

Left – McClelland Dr

Right – Golf Links Rd

Left – Stotts Lane

Right – Frankston Flinders Rd

Left – Baxter Park Tennis Area

 

1.25km

 

1km

550mt

1.25km

2km

1.75km

1.5km

2km

300mt

10:00am

10:15am

 

10:25am

10:30am

10:45am

11:10am

11:35am

11:55am

12:25pm

12:30pm

Depart North Road 10:am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrive Baxter Park 12:30pm

Overnight rest at Baxter Park

16th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Mon 16th Nov

Baxter Park, Frankston Flinders Rd

Right – Frankston Flinders Rd

Left – Stotts Lane

Left – Golf Links Rd

Right – Mooruduc Hwy

Left – Towerhill Rd

Right – Yuille St

Left – Williams St

Right – Kars St/Young St

Left – Davey St

Right – Nepean Hwy

Left – Wells St

Arrive Beach

Arrive Keast Park via beach the whole way.

 

 

300mt

2km

2.5km

100mtr

1.25km

1km

500mt

600mt

250mt

300mt

250mt

 

7km

9am

 

9:05am

9:35am

10:05am

10:20am

10:40am

10:55am

11:00am

11:10am

11:15am

11:35am

11:40am

 

2pm

Depart Baxter Park 9am via Frankston Flinders Rd

 

 

Arrive Mooruduc Hwy – Police for 10:15am crossing – 5 mins

 

 

 

 

Arrive Nepean Hwy – Police for 11:30 crossing – 5 mins

 

Arrive Beach at 11:40am – 30mins then continue up beach to Keast Park for overnight rest. Arrive Keast Park 2pm

(At time of writing, Keast Park is still to be confirmed for overnight rest with Frankston City Council)

Keast Park CONFIRMED by Judy at Frankston City Council on Wed 11th Nov for overnight rest stop.

 

 

17th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Tue 17th Nov

Keast Park Frankston

Beach to parkland next to Patterson River Bridge – to The Glade entrance to beach under assistance along Nepean Hwy

 

 

 

 

Beach to Coleman Rd in Aspendale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach walk – Mordialloc Beach, Parkdale Beach, Mentone Beach.

 

Beach Rd crossing at Dixon St

 

Dixon St – Warrigal Rd

 

Left – Naples Rd to Mentone Grammer.

 

 

 

 

 

1.5km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.7km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5km

 

 

 

300mt

 

100mt

 

400mt

 

 

 

9:15am

9:45am

10:10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:20pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00pm

 

2:05pm

 

2:15pm

Depart Keast Park 9:15am

Arrive Patterson River Bridge on Nepean Hwy – Police for 10:00am crossing – 5mins to cross bridge (will need assistance along Nepean Hwy to The Glade entrance to beach. 300mt along Nepean to The Glade – 5 mins.

 

Police assistance on Nepean Hwy over Mordialloc Ck Bridge (Doyles Bridge) – 12:30pm crossing – 5 mins.  If assisted over Hwy at Coleman Rd we can utilize park on other side to get close to Doyles Bridge prior to crossing.  We can exit to beach straight after bridge crossing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight rest location – Mentone Grammer (CONFIRMED)

18th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Wed 18th Nov

Mentone Grammer

 

Beach Rd Bicycle Track

 

Overnight rest Sandringham Reserve – Trey Bit Reserve.  Brighton Mayor – James Long and Events Coordinator Mark Potter have CONFIRMED

 

 

 

 

13km

10:00am

 

 

 

1:30pm

Depart 10:00am

 

Escort vehicles and warning signs will be in use for roads and bicycle track users.  Camels will not be on road, but escort vehicles will be used as track at many places is close to the road.

19th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Thu 19th Nov

Trey Bit Reserve – Brighton Sea Scouts Reserve.

 

Esplanade Beach Rd Bicycle Track

 

Overnight rest Sea Scouts Reserve. Green Point, Gould Street, Brighton.

 

 

 

2.5km

 

 

 

10:00am

 

 

11:00am

Depart 10:00am

 

 

Escort vehicles and warning signs will be in use for roads and bicycle track users.  Camels will not be on road, but escort vehicles will be used as track at many places is close to the road.

20th November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Fri 20th Nov

FREE DAY  – Rest at Sea Scouts Reserve.

 

 

 

 

21st November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Sat 21st Nov

Sea Scouts Reserve Depart 9.00am

Cnr of Beach Rd and Fitzroy St

Fitzroy St to Cnr Albert Pk and Canterbury Rd

 

 

 

Through Albert Park via bicycle track to edge of Mac Robertson Girls High

 

Albert Rd to cross Kings Way and then cross St Kilda Rd onto Domain Rd to enter Melbourne Grammer

 

 

9km

 

 

1.25km

 

 

 

 

 

4km

 

 

 

1km

9.00am

 

11:30am

11:45am

 

 

 

 

 

12:45am

 

 

 

1:15pm

Depart 9.00am

 

Meet Police 11:30am to walk up Fitzroy St.  We can take camels off Fitzroy St at the corner of Albert Park and Canterbury Rd.

 

 

Police for 1:00pm to get to Melbourne Grammer

 

 

Allow half hour of assistance for traffic control.

22nd November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Sun 22nd Nov

Melbourne Grammer to Princess Bridge – 40 mins

 

Cross Princess Bridge – Federation Square – 5 mins

 

 

Federation Square –

Collins St (Town Hall) -10mins

 

 

Collins St (Town Hall) – Russell St – 5 mins

 

Russell St – lights at Victoria St – 10 mins

 

Left – Victoria St lights – Cardigan St – 5 mins

 

Cardigan St – Grattan St – 10mins

 

Grattan St – Royal Parade – 10mins

 

Royal Parade – Story St – 5mins

 

Story St – Royal Childrens Hospital Helipad area – 10mins

 

2.6km

 

 

300mt

 

 

 

300mt

 

 

 

250mt

 

 

1km

 

 

175mt

 

 

750mt

 

 

600mt

 

 

300mt

 

 

600mt

 

 

11:00am

 

 

11:40am – 11:45am

 

 

12:00noon -12:10

 

 

12:25pm

 

 

12:30pm

 

 

12:40pm

 

 

12:50pm

 

 

1:00pm

 

 

1:05pm

 

 

1:15pm

 

11:00am depart Melbourne Grammer

 

Stop Federation Square to meet official party. (TBA-MCC) stop for 15 mins

 

Stop 15 mins to meet official party

 

 

 

NOTE: I have tried to give a little extra time in the busier areas.  We walk relatively slow in high pressure areas so camels can soak it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrive Children’s Hospital 1:15pm

23rd November Camel Expedition Timetable

November 14, 2009

Mon 23rd Nov

DAY AT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

Kids will be able to come and see the camels.