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What We Do

Australian Desert Expeditions is a not-for-profit Registered Scientific Organisation

operating scientific & ecological expeditions into remote regions of the Central deserts.

We partner with Indigenous Australians, leading universities, state and national government land management authorities, national conservation organisations and private research institutions, and our survey methodology is unique: all our surveys are carried out on foot, assisted by a team of packcamels.

Walking alongside traditionally outfitted packcamels, enables the smallest environmental footprint possible, and is ideal for traversing the arid zone and learning about the desert flora & fauna and the people

who have called the desert home for thousands of years.

Our surveys are a direct living link to the historical spirit and cultural heritage of scientific desert exploration

of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Why do we conduct our surveys like this?
Because walking the desert is timeless. Every single step reveals the story of this ancient landscape.

...WALKING WITH PURPOSE...

Desert research
Desert education

RESEARCH

EDUCATION

 

Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent in the world and has the largest desert region in the southern hemisphere. More than a third of the continent is effectively desert; over two thirds of the continent is classified as arid or semi-arid with the ten recognised deserts comprising 18% of the mainland.

There are many plants and animals still to be discovered by science, and three-quarters of Australia's biodiversity is yet to be identified and forty-five per cent of continental Australia has never been comprehensively surveyed by scientists.*

Australian Desert Expeditions is facilitating to solve that problem by challenging the desert research

status quo, successfully initiating and conducting surveys in the most isolated desert regions

that are inaccessible by conventional means.

* Source, Dept of Agriculture, Water and Environment Bushblitz Factsheet 2010.

The World's largest parallel sand-ridge desert

Simpson Desert Australia

Our 2023-27 Songlines & Shared Journeys research program is in the Simpson Desert.

Simpson

Desert

Simpson Desert Australia

Kati Thanda- Lake Eyre

The Great Dune FIeld