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2024 Survey Itinerary

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Surveys operate from late May to late July 2024

All surveys begin and end in Birdsville, Queensland.

Click on the survey name for more details

Diamantina/Sturt Stony Desert                                                          May 28 > June 6

Strzelecki Desert/Cooper Creek 1                                                     June 21 > June 27

Strezelecki Desert/Cooper Creek 2                                                   June 28 > July 8

Strzelecki Desert/Cooper Creek 3                                                      July 9 > July 18

Remember that you can also do a GREAT DESERT WALK with the Outback Camel Company,

whose treks and expeditions do not have a scientific component.

Visit here for the Outback Camel Company 2024 trek schedule

2024 Information Evenings

Brisbane March 6th

Sydney March 7th

Melbourne March 13th

See here to register!

What is a Great Desert Walk ADE Survey?

Well firstly, please note that our surveys are not 'camel riding safaris' - all our surveys are walking experiences in remote areas assisted by our team of packcamels. You could describe these surveys as the ultimate desert bushwalking experience, and we are able to access areas that no one else visits.


Our surveys are designed around your active participation and you will be asked to contribute to the operation of your survey trek or expedition, assisting our cameleers with the daily tasks. This may include working with the camels, and the comprehensive pre-departure information will help to ensure that you are well prepared for the enriching experience.

Duties may include helping to shepherd them in the evenings whilst they feed and, under the supervision of the cameleers, helping to saddle the camels and load the equipment. Your cameleers cook all the meals on the campfire but help from aspiring chefs is always welcome!


The spirit of the day is determined by the pace of travel of the camels, geographical features & obstacles. So it is important to be prepared to meet the desert on its own terms and adjust to 'desert time'.


Don't be concerned if you have never trekked with camels before. We have many first timers on our trips who know next to nothing about camels when their trek or expedition departs, but by the end of the trip are totally enamoured by the experience of working with, and walking alongside, these incredible animals.

However most importantly, the camels allow us to Walk with Purpose on Slow Travel which is crucial in noticing, then documenting, and then understanding the landscape through which we walk.

Camera Traps
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Aust Museum
Mike Smith
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