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This is a trip that starts where the road stops – there are no tracks on Beltana Station, so we are blazing our own trail, learning about outback Australia and all it offers. This impressive landscape in the Flinders Ranges is timeless and wild and home to a unique variety of fauna and flora, including kangaroos, emus and many species of birds.
A unique experience in the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia, trekking with a team of camels to the magnificent Lake Torrens, the second largest salt lake in the southern hemisphere. Students experience rugged peaks, red sand dunes and river red gum lined rocky creek beds as we make our way on this most incredible trek, supported by experienced, accredited and professional cameleers.
Students on this outdoor adventure develop relationships with the camels, sleep inside comfortable, fully netted swags and dine on meals they prepare in supervised groups over the camp fire. Wherever possible students are encouraged to be hands on and actively involved, caring for the camels, setting up and dismantling camp and other aspects of trek operations.
Our trek begins and finishes at Beltana Station, created more than 160 years ago. Beltana Station was once home to Sir Thomas Elder who instigated camels coming into Australia in 1866. The camel teams supported exploration and provided transport from the various railheads that serviced the Flinders Ranges in its early days.
Whether you choose to ride on top of your camel or walking alongside, you fill find the scenery is spectacular. In camp at night, sit back and take in the sunset, relaxing as the outback sky fills with stars you would never see in a city. You will love the meals our crew prepare for you each day over the campfire, before enjoying a comfortable night within a king size swag or two-person swag. Just heaven!
This is a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife. The Adnyamathanha people are the traditional owners of the northern Flinders Ranges. Adnyamathanha means ‘hills’ or ‘rock people’ and is a term covering various groups in the Ranges including Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala.
Getaway Trekking & Adventures acknowledge the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nation of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal have with the land.
Adelaide, South Australia
We will collect you in Adelaide in our bus and transfer you to Beltana Station. Enroute, we will have refreshment and sightseeing breaks, and enjoy the scenery of the Flinders Ranges. On arrival we will start getting to know the camels and how to take care of them, meet our cameleers, have a briefing and commence our trek.
Each trek takes in a loop that includes different elements of the Flinders Ranges environment. The duration of the trek and the requirements of the group will determine the exact journey – there are no specific tracks per se, hence we have a great deal of flexibility in determining our course.
We will trek to Lake Torrens, the second largest salt lake in the southern hemisphere, marvelling at this landscape, and learning about the unique geology. Our days will cover 8-15km depending on terrain, conditions and available feed for the camel team. Camels walk at a slow pace which sets the scene for a very relaxed trekking experience.
A typical trekking day looks like: