MUNGA-THIRRI EXPEDITION

Conducted in association with the Wangkangurru people and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Munga-Thirri National Park

 

 

 

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12 Days

August 28 - September 8 2017

1 day flight / 10 days trekking / 1 day flight

Moderate

6

Adelaide

Brisbane

AUD$8400

Includes flight from Adelaide (via Olympic Dam and William Creek) over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Warburton River and the salt lake system of the southern Simpson Desert. The return flight is from Birdsville to Brisbane over western Queensland and the Channel Country.

Munga-Thirri Expedition

Fully Booked - Waitlist Only

Summary

Map

Practicalities

In 2015 we surveyed a transect along the southeastern fringe of the National Park with scientists from the Australian Museum, and in 2016 conducted a reverse direction survey along the same route to determine the differences in flora & fauna exactly one year apart. Our transect this year will begin on the western boundary of the park and track east.

 

This area of the park consists of wide swales sometimes scattered with gidgee and the occasional coolabah. Most of the spinifex was burnt by the 2011 bushfires and is only just beginning to reappear in some areas, though it will take many years for the plant to fully regain the pre-fire threshold over the country.

 

Our ecologists will be conducting a bird survey and botanical specimen collection (as in 2015/16) and we also intend to conduct trapping for mammals and reptiles. Towards the end of the survey we will pass through small salt lakes as we make towards our finish point tot he west of Eyre Creek.

It is here that we will see the the vermin proof fence, erected last century in a vain attempt to keep rabbits from spreading.

General survey corridor - approximate only and can be changed by the survey leader for logistical, climatic and/or safety issues.

THIS SURVEY EXPEDITION IS RATED AS MODERATE

See here for a guide.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We will issue you with a comprehensive Expedition 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.

 

INCLUDED

- Scheduled domestic and charter service from Adelaide to Olympic Dam to Poeppel Corner

- Scheduled domestic service from Birdsville to Brisbane

- 4WD transfers to the survey camp, and return transfers to Birdsville

- All specialist safety equipment & communications

- Swags & tents

- Trek kit bag for your personal gear

- Desert silence!

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Your flights to Adelaide and any other transport in Adelaide prior to the expedition

- Accommodation and meals in Adelaide

- Personal trekking equipment you may wish to use such as walking poles etc

- Eating and drinking utensils

- Waterbottle

- Sleeping bag, sheets & pillowcase. (You need to bring these items and they will be put into our swag)

- Day pack

 

FOOD

You must notify us upon booking if you have any known medical and/or food allergies.

IMPORTANT!! PLEASE NOTE - Excepting for vegetarian, we only cater for dietary allergies not preferences.

The survey is not the place or time to 'try out a new diet' regime! We may ask for a medical certificate detailing any known allergies.

 

GETTING TO THE SURVEY

The camel team will be in the Munga-Thirri National Park in western Queensland. You will fly via domestic and chartered aircraft from Adelaide to a bush airstrip in the Simpson Desert near Poeppel Corner, then transfer via 4WD to the nearby camel camp. The return transfer will be a 4WD trip to Birdsville then the scheduled domestic service to Brisbane.

 

 

Information about what to bring etc is contained in the EXPEDITION INFORMATION GUIDE which is issued upon booking

 

 

Australian Desert Expeditions is an Australian registered charity with tax-deductable status.

A donation to the Australian Desert Expeditions Public Fund goes directly to the scientific & ecological research of Australia's Deserts.

 

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