RED CENTRE DISCOVERY SURVEY

photo - Carolyn Larcombe

 

 

 

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5 Days

May 29 - June 2 2018

1 day 4WD / 3 days trekking / 1 day 4WD

Moderate

9

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

AUD$4660

 

Red Centre Discovery Survey

Summary

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Practicalities

 

This is our shortest survey for 2018, and the survey results will be collated with those from the preceding Western Simpson Survey Two.

 

The western Simpson Desert - especially the area to the north and east of Old Andado Station - has a long and rich history of scientific work. It has featured as a site for many studies investigating the unique taxa of Central Australia including small mammals, reptiles, birds and plants.

 

Much of this ecological work has contributed substantially to our understanding of rangelands in arid Australia, especially the often complex ebb and flow of its cyclic ‘boom-bust’ dynamics. We will be using much of this past knowledge to benchmark and document some of the ecological responses to the current conditions in the Western Simpson Desert.

 

Exploring many of the diverse landscapes found across this corner of the Northern Territory we will be conducting surveys focused on recording the presence (and absence) of fauna and flora after a period of sustained above average annual rainfall in 2016 and again in early 2017. We hope to visit ephemeral wetlands, breakaway rocky country, dunefields and plains to conduct mammal, reptile, bird and plant surveys, as well as assess the impact of feral predators (i.e. cats and foxes) and wildfires.

 

The landscape consists of towering red-crimson dunes, wide inter-dune corridors, small (usually dry!) creeks and scattered timber of Coolibah, Bloodwood and Mulga. Spinifex is the dominant plant species, however much of this hardy plant was destroyed in the 2011/12 bushfires, and many of the dunes and swales are now virtually spinifex-free, which besides making for easier walking, has created a whole 'new' ecosystem.

 

Walking in this landscape is on firm sand and occasional claypans and gibber flats. The western Simpson will be dry and mostly devoid of any wildflowers unless there has been sufficient rain in March/early April, in which case a profusion of yellow flowers such as poached-egg daisy & 'Yellowtop' will be covering the landscape, and supplying our camels with fresh feed.

 

 

Shaded area is the general survey corridor

Note - position is approximate only

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.

 

INCLUDED

- All specialist safety equipment & communications

- Swags & tents

- Trek kit bag for your personal gear

- Desert silence!

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Your flights to Alice Springs and any other transport in Alice Springs prior to the survey

- Your flights from Alice Springs and any other transport in Alice Springs after the survey

- Accommodation and meals in Alice Springs

- 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 Northern Territory. You will transfer via 4WD to the camel camp which will be located on the eastern fringe of Andado Station, approximately 300kms southeast of Alice Springs. The return transfer will be the same route.

 

 

Information about what to bring etc is contained in the SURVEY 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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