Where are The Camels Now?

December 10, 2010
Beltana Station Camel Safaris

Ready to Explore

Beltana Camel Safaris

Beltana Station

 

Last weekend, Ros and I went to Beltana Station in the Flinders Ranges where the camels have been resting for the past year.

They have put on weight and are looking fantastic.

The paddock they are in is called “Camel” as it was the first official camel paddock in Australia for the Inland Camel Transportation System to deliver goods and services to Australia’s Outback Region.

This camel transportation system, started by Sir Thomas Elder, involving the Afghan Cameleers, opened up Australia’s interior prior to trains and road transportation.

Evidence of these pioneering times can be seen all over Beltana station and the well and trough in the camel paddock, built by the Afghan Cameleers, is a perfect example of the times described.

Beltana Station backs onto the little known Lake Torrens in South Australia. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to take tourists on holidays to see this natural wonder. Lake Torrens is, under normal circumstances, off limits to the public as it is surrounded by pastoral stations.

With rolling sand dunes, billabongs, creeks and waterholes, Beltana Station is at present in a growth period after unprecidented rains Beltana Camel Safaris. Discovering lost waterholes.

Carpets of wildflowers are making their appearance, trees are shooting up into the sky and wildlife is present everywhere in abundance.

Russell Osborne with the Beltana Camel Safaris camels.

Ready for Exploring.

Next year, 2011, the camels will be actively engaged in camel safaris on Beltana Station, on two, three, four and five day safaris performed in the traditional Afghan cameleering manner. Groups of eight will venture into this amazing wilderness region, sleep under the stars on top of some spectacular sand dunes and explore this area of natural wonders filled with evidence of Aboriginal occupation and european history. Because of the rains, it is a bird watchers paradise.

The company formed, Beltana Camel Safaris, operating under Outback Australian Camels means in essence, that the camels have returned home, Beltana Station. History has completed a full circle and camels, once again, feature on historic Beltana Station.

Early explorers such as Giles and Warburton made Beltana Station the launching place for many inland expeditions.

Need a break from the hustle and bustle, come on a camel expedition at Beltana Station, Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

http://www.australiancamels.com/

I will be using some of the camels on my solo transcontinental camel expedition from Perth to Sydney, 2013, again in support of Moira Kelly’s Children First Foundation. This journey should take about ten months and it is my intention to reach Sydney for Trishna and Krishna’s birthday, 22/12/2013.

To follow the progress of the development and implimentation of this solo attempt to once again cross Australia:

http://perthtosydneycamelexpedition.blogspot.com/2010/10/australian-camel-man-russell-osborne.html

The journey undertaken since 1996, when I first got the idea of a transcontinental camel expedition for a charity has been a long but incredibly rewarding one. So many people have been involved over the 14 years. From Charlie, the one armed stockman in the Kimberleys to the Governor of Victoria. All whom have been involved, I say from the bottom of my heart a big THANK YOU for everything. It has been an amazing  journey.

Prior to the Perth to Sydney Thank You Camel Expedition 2013, I shall have a number of publications available.

Camelman Dreaming is at the designers now and all profits of this coffee table book will go directly to the Children First Foundation.

A thirteen year journey.

Thirteen Years of Dreams.

Camelman Dreaming. Available soon.

All profits will go to the Children First Foundation

The second publication is an in depth account of my personal journal since gaining the idea of the expedition in 1996 to the completion of the 6500km transcontinental crossing arriving in Melbourne on the 22/11/09, one week after the successful separation of  Trishna and Krishna. I plan to have this available prior to the 2013 Perth to Sydney Expedition.

One of the journal entries from the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009

Lake Eyre South

 Take care everyone and please keep on supporting Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation at:

www.childrenfirstfoundation.com

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2 Responses to “Where are The Camels Now?”

  1. valda mason Says:

    Hi, how are your plans going for your 2013 expedition from Perth to Sydney?/ I have just open your site and the book looks great will try to find this on book shelves. I saw your camels on your darwin to Melbourne trip and you took a photo of our two grandchildren which I see is still on the Swan Hill October 2009 blog. Congratulations on your efforts to help the Moira Kelly foundation. yours Valda Mason.

    • dundeecamels Says:

      Hello Valda,
      Thank you for your kind words. The photo you are referring to is actually one of my favourites throughout the entire camel expedition. I believe that a photo speaks a thousand words and this one is no different.
      The camel expedition for 2013 has changed from reaching Sydney to Canberra for logistical reasons. Hopefully, enough sponsorship will be achieved for the expedition to become a reality. Of course, it will again be for Moira Kellys Children First Foundation as I sincerely believe they are more than well worth while supporting.
      Once again, thank you for your kind words and best wishes for the future.
      Yours Sincerely
      Russell Osborne


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