As with the preceding North x North-East Expedition, we continue our study of Munga-Thirri (big sandhill) country.
We begin on Eyre Creek and head west into the dune field, then south towards the South Australian border.
This expedition has been designed to overlap parts of our 2015 expedition, as we deliberately re-visit areas to obtain follow-up data. That is one of the great benefits about walking country, as we can compare the difference in seasons. Information from the 2015 study (part of Project 138) will be combined with the 2019 data to form benchmark information on the variation of flora & fauna from season to season.
Unlike the the North x North-East Expedition, this traverse will be largely following the inter-dune corridors, which means there will be far less dunes to cross. Therefore this journey will be much easier for the camels and humans alike!
But is still one of Australia's great wilderness journeys. No vehicles, no tracks or roads to follow - just pure desert.
Combined with the field work of our ecology team, this expedition is rated as moderate, but it is still 12 days of walking so if you are considering joining the team be prepared to train for what will be an enriching experience.
Alongside our team of five cameleers, we will have up to three ecologists who will be documenting life in the great dune field. This area was extensively burnt by bushfires in 2011/12 and the once extensive spinifex has been severely impacted by the fires, to the point where it is now a 'new' landscape. It will be fascinating to see how the spinifex is rejuvenating and what this means for the mammal and reptile population. We will also be walking through extensive stands of Gidgee (acacia georginae), so the southern part of the expedition will be in a 'desert forrest'.
At the beginning of the trip we will cross the remains of the vermin proof fence, commonly called the rabbit proof fence, which was erected in 1895 and which runs south to the South Australia border. Towards the conclusion of the expedition we also hope to visit one of the original posts that were placed along the border by Augustus Poeppel's 1884 surveying team.
As with all our surveys, the camels we use are from the Outback Camel Company who have been crossing the desert on month-long expeditions since 1976. They are widely recognised as the experts when it comes to crossing the world's largest parallel sand-ridge desert.
General survey corridor - approximate only and can be changed by the survey leader for logistical, climatic and/or safety issues.
And it's a full moon on July 16th...
THIS SURVEY IS RATED AS MODERATE
See here for a guide.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
We will issue you with a comprehensive Survey Information Guide that details everything you need to know about what to bring and what to expect on your trek. This will be sent to you both as a PDF document and printed hard copy.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes, travel insurance is compulsory.
- Scheduled domestic flight from Brisbane to Birdsville
- Accommodation in Birdsville prior to/after the expedition. Please note: This may be twin or triple share accommodation
- Scheduled domestic flight from Birdsville to Brisbane
- All specialist safety equipment & communications
- Swags & tents
- Trek kit bag for your personal gear
- Desert silence!
- Your flights from Brisbane and any other transport in Brisbane before/after the survey
- Accommodation and meals in Brisbane before/after the survey
- Personal trekking equipment you may wish to use such as walking poles etc
- Eating and drinking utensils
- Sleeping bag, sheets & pillowcase. (You need to bring these items and they will be put into our swag)
- Day pack
You must notify us upon booking if you have any known medical and/or food allergies.
GETTING TO THE SURVEY
The camel team will be in Queensland in the Eastern Simpson Desert. You will fly via scheduled domestic service from Brisbane to Birdsville and stay in Birdsville that night.
The next day you will transfer to the camel camp via 4WD.
The return journey is the reverse.
Information about what to bring etc is contained in the SURVEY INFORMATION GUIDE which is issued upon booking
IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE
Apart from vegetarian or vegan diets, we only cater for dietary allergies and not preferences.
The survey is definitely not the place or time to 'try out a new diet' regime!
We may ask for a medical certificate detailing any known allergies.