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Camelman Dreaming. The Journal of the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009

January 12, 2013

The journal of the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition is now available and can be obtained by clicking on:

This unique book describes the thirteen years of planning and the two years to walk across the Australian Continent for the Children First Foundation.

Eight camels, two cameleers and 6500kms of walking later, the expedition arrived in Melbourne on the 22/11/2009 exactly as planned.

It’s a personal account of what could easily be the last of the great camel expeditions in Australia.

Gravity Camels


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.

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:

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:

Children First Foundation
Children First Foundation

Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009, Russell Osborne Reports: Trishna and Krishna, One year on since separation medical miracle

November 17, 2010

Friday 12/11/2010

Ros at the Ball.

One year since the successful separation of the conjoined twins, Trishna and

Russell and Ahmet

Krishna, the Children First Foundation celebrated this event with their annual ball entitled: Under the Crimson Sun.

The evening was an enormous success and much needed funds were raised for the Children First Foundation to continue with their invaluable work of saving and changing children’s lives.

Trishna and Krishna and other children who are under the care of the Children First Foundation were present and at times throughout the evenings proceedings, there were tears flowing out of sheer joy and happiness for the twins and the other children who are currently untertaking life saving and life changing medical procedures.

Much thanks has to go to all connected with the Children First Foundation for a magnificent evening.

Russell Osborne

Ambassador, Children First Foundation

One Year On…Russell Osborne, Ros Consoli

October 13, 2010

What an incredible year since the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition reached the Royal Children’s Hospital after eighteen months of walking and 6500kms on foot to say thank you to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation.

The foundation is having their annual ball on the 12th November and Ros and I will meet with Moira, Marg, all of the very special volunteers and the children whom the foundation has supported through their medical needs. This will be the first time we will meet with Trishna and Krishna as well. They will have to wait till they are a bit older until they meet the camels. We aren’t taking the camels to the ball.

Details of the ball are at:

I have been extremely busy setting up camel safaris and camel expedition training at Beltana Station and these details can be seen at:

Also, I have been active with keynote speaking at:

The more exciting news is that I am now in the preparation mode for yet another Trans-continental Camel Expedition from Perth to Sydney in 2013. Again to support Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation. This expedition, I shall perform solo which will add a new dimention to the expedition, Ros believes that one expedition is enough. I sincerely hope everyone can become a part of this expedition by following it’s progress from the development stage right through to the actual expedition and the blogs I shall post on the Perth to Sydney Thank You Camel Expedition website.

An easy way to keep informed of the expedition is to become a member of the website. That way, blogs will be posted to you as they are developed.

The Perth to Sydney Thank You Camel Expedition website can be found at:

A global activist site I have become a member of is:

It’s been a great site and I’ve had so many contacts from overseas with really fantastic people doing many things from this site.

Thank You to all who are and have supported Ros and I with our quest of highlighting the work of the Children First Foundation and the support given to the camel expeditions.

Take care and always keep your dreams alive.

“Live today like it’s your last, One day it will be”

Russell Osborne

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Russell Osborne Marries Ros Consoli Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition Cameleers

August 4, 2010

Talking about YouTube – Russell Osborne Camel Expedition Middle Of Melbourne.wmv

August 2, 2010

Talking about YouTube – Russell Osborne proposing to Ros Consoli

August 2, 2010

Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli. Ambassadors to the Children First Foundation

May 26, 2010

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
Eighteen Months of walking,
Thirteen Years Of Planning,
Over Six Thousand Kilometers,
Handling Eight Camels ……through some of the harshest environments of the planet,
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)

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