WHITE LAKES EXPEDITION

 

 

 

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15 Days

July 20 - August 3 2018

1 day flights & 4WD / 12 days trekking / 1 day 4WD / 1 day flight

Moderate

6

Adelaide

Brisbane

AUD$9460

Includes flights from Adelaide and Charter flight over Lake Eyre, Warburton River, southern Simpson Desert, Poeppel Corner & flight from Birdsville to Brisbane plus 4WD transfers

White Lakes Expedition

Summary

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Practicalities

This survey will be a follow up to a 2014 survey that explored the extensive salt lake system that straddles the centre of the Project 138 survey corridor. Combined with the following Eastern White Dunes Expedition, the expedition will document this important land system of the world's largest sand-ridge desert.

 

With the longest lake stretching nearly 80 kilometres, and many dozens more over 40 kilometres long, our survey traverse will be alongside or near to these shimmering dry expanses for each of the 12 days of trekking. The lakes seldom fill with water (from local heavy rain) but the surface is usually soft and so we won't be taking our camels across the lakes, unless they are firm underfoot as a fully loaded packcamel can weigh nearly 1 tonne, and can easily become bogged. We only ever walk across lakes if there is a pad to follow and these 'salt highways' are made by feral camels.

 

Our ecology team will be setting pitfall traps every night as well as recording all bird sightings.

 

 

General survey corridor

And it's a full moon on July 27th...

THIS 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 trip. 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 flight from Adelaide to Olympic Dam

- Charter flight from Olympic Dam to the southern desert

- Accommodation in Birdsville. 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!

 

NOT INCLUDED

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

- Your flights from Brisbane and any other transport in Brisbane after the expedition

- Accommodation and meals in Adelaide and/or Brisbane

- 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.

 

GETTING TO THE SURVEY

The camel team will be in the Northern Territory in the Simpson Desert. You will fly via scheduled and charter aircraft from Adelaide to the southern desert and then transfer via 4WD to the camel camp. Your flights will pass over the southern Simpson, the Warburton River, Lake Eyre-Kati Thanda, and the Tirari Desert. The return transfer will be via 4WD to Birdsville then domestic flight to Brisbane.

 

 

FULL EXPEDITION NOTES WILL BE ISSUED WITH YOUR EXPEDITION INFORMATION GUIDE

 

 

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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