All of our 2018 surveys form part of Project 138, which is a study of the Simpson Desert flora and fauna roughly focused along the 138th meridian (Northern Territory/Queensland border).






















What type of research do we conduct?


This all depends on which part of the desert your survey is operating in, as different ecosystems within the Simpson Desert present their own particular focus studies and interests. Firstly, every survey we conduct (in any desert) is automatically an ornithological survey.

From there we explore and document all of the desert life that we encounter as the geography dictates, including the following:













• Mammals & Marsupials

• Botany

• Aboriginal occupation including mikiri (native wells)

• Palaeontology

• Reptiles

• Myrmecology

• Entomology

• Soil carbon analysis

• European explorer heritage

Members of the public may join some of these surveys as volunteers and assist the ecology team with their field-work.

Each of those surveys has the following common characteristics where you will be;















These are participation based surveys. The ecology team and cameleers will appreciate your help!

Walking through the landscape, assisted by packcamels

Assisting ecologists and scientists with the in-field research

Helping the cameleers to load & unload the camels

Are you a keen birdo? Read about our 2009 ornithological survey!


Throughout 2018 we will partner with numerous universities and national research institutions, in addition to ecologists from state and private land management organisations.


We operate two types of surveys that you are able to join as a volunteer - Survey Treks and Survey Expeditions.


What is the difference between the two?

Basically, duration (excluding vehicle/flight transfers). All our Survey Treks and Survey Expeditions are graded in level of difficulty and you can read more about this here.


Each year we also operate a Signature Scientific Expedition which is not open to the public.

2018 SURVEYS - dates

Our 2018 survey program is almost complete!

Please contact Clare to be waitlisted for the 2019 program

2018 SURVEY TREKS - ranging from 5 to 12 days

May 29 - June 2

May 10 - 18 and May 17 - 25

June 1 - June 9

2018 SURVEY EXPEDITIONS - ranging from 16 to 27 days





NT Mikiri Expedition

2018 SIGNATURE EXPEDITION (not open to the general public)


From 2014 to 2016 the Central Australia Transect and Project 138 was supported by The Nature Conservancy who are committed to conserving Australia’s natural landscapes and crucial wildlife habitats.

July 3 - July 25



Click on each survey name for more information

July 2 - July 9

August 20 - August 28

July 9 - July 20


June 6 - July 2

August 2 - August 21

July 20 - August 3

August 27 - September 11

Reserved - not available



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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