Setting off on a five night camel safari is an exciting moment. It is a culmination of a considerable amount of preparation. Although our trek is only for 6 days the same amount of thought and effort must be put into practice as if one was setting off for six months. All our camel gear is designed for camel ride tourism, so we modify our saddles to accept baggage, tents, swags, water containers as well as human cargo. Marie has spent a large portion of the previous weeks making our camel saddle bags in which we can store our kitchen, our pantry, our wardrobe and our make shift lounge room. In order to provide the best comfort one can get traveling, I took a day to store eskies full of frozen goodies in each location the day before we set off.
The Guest has traveled from Quebec (Canada) all the way to South Australia just to indulge intro Beltana. When she found out she was the only person on the trek with us, she was surprised that we'd go to all that trouble for just one person. We love treking with our camels and exploring Beltana, we have no problems going out on trek just for one guest.
All the preparations are in order, gear is secured to camels and the client is as eager as we are to head off into the beautiful Beltana landscape. Unique exciting and awe inspiring moments await...
The camels were in fine form and held a steady pace as we went off road and meandered through the landscape. I really enjoyed finding our way down through the scrub to the creek bed and following it's soft stony path towards our camp. It was like we had our own personal highway through the bush.
Under the shade of a big Gumtree is a wonderful place to make camp. Plenty of wood for Camp fire cooking. There is plenty of free time to explore the surrounds, photograph or just relax on the swag. The camels are happy munching while Marie knocks up some delicious Tuna cheese and Avocado wraps. Gordon goes about his goating business much to our delight.
When you take the time out of your ordinary life to join us on a Camel Safari, whether it be one day or five, we know sunset is an event. Each day ends in its own unique way. The rich golden light of the Australia outback touches everything. Marie whips up a sumptuous Butterchicken dinner for us to enjoy around the campfire. It was that good, we added the left overs to breakfast.
We wake before the light cracks the sky. The fire is at work boiling the billy. After a filling hearty breakfast we set off towards the next day camp. We like to knock the KM's out of the way, get to camp by lunchtime, and spend the rest of the day enjoying the camping life style. Treking with camels is addictive. Their rhythm, their abilities and their characters make it worthwhile. We explore the pinnacles on the way to our first camp, a mind blowing environment which could set the stage for a Jurassic park film.
Every place we stop is special in it's own right, no matter how old a place may be or feel it is new to us and our eyes. We look for feature camps and camps that have their own story. We look for comfort camps and camps that have good feed for camels. We bring as much comfort to our Safari as we can. We camped one night at Deception Hut. The creek is full of huge gumtrees which home hundreds of excited Corrella's. The hut is nestled in between a valley and is something straight out of the past.
Treking on Beltana station has too many good points to mention. Great scenery, great camel feed, great locations, great history, easy watering points and Australian wildlife. Beltana is the producer of some of South Australia's finest Saltbush lamb, wild goat, and Black Angus beef. Food is an important part of our Safari and we do our best to make each meal an exciting one. Camp fire cooked Saltbush lamb in a tomato, onion and mixed herb sauce, with a fresh garden salad is a scrumptious way to end a beautiful day on trek.
We do real coffee. Nothing instant, nothing fast or quick. We like to take the time to give you the flavour of the outback. We cook everything by fire, we sleep in swags on the ground under the stars, we are in the elements. We move as a group, we move as fast as the camels can walk. Camel treking has its own rhythm, and when you accept it, relax and go with it, the outback takes on a whole new meaning.
From the back of the camel you can see it all. Our seats are padded with sheepskin and the gentle rock and roll motion of the ship of the desert can almost put you to sleep. Our treks aren't grueling and there is plenty of time in the saddle. Today we only covered about 9kms. It made a nice change from the 15-17kms per day we will cover on this trek. You'd be surprised at how many KM's one can cover riding on the back of a camel and it is an amazing place to see wildlife from Kangaroos, emus, birds of prey, parrots, finches, tracks from mammals to insects.
Creek beds are a soft place to lay your swag, make a fire and set up camp. Beltana Angus Beef sausages put a dent in our stirring appetite, just enough to hold us off for Marie's delicious Mushroom risotto. The camels are set free to feed after the routine of unloading. The afternoon is rich in free time for you to make your own entertainment, Gordon uses his time transforming Zoul into a junglegym. Gordon is a lot fo fun to have on a trek. He is a very happy goat and i can't stop smiling when i look at him.
The weather is an unknown element on a Camel Safari. When you leave the comfort zone of your home and live outside for 5 days, your decision making has to take the environment into account. We have tents and tarps for rain/shelter and a print out of predicted temperature for the weeks trek. Today is the warmest day on trek, so we are up before dawn and ready to cover as much of the landscape as we can before the sun gets too high. We see a lot of kangaroos today, many of them like to lie in the shade for as long they can before bounding off when our camels strings comes too close.
Every minute in every hour the landscape changes, gradually over most parts and rapidly in others. The reflection of light can turn a rich red and orange vista in to a gently hue of purple and greens. A photographers dream. We make camp and spend the hot part of the day under the shade of an Acacia tree. This camp is special to us as it was our first camp on Beltana station on our Compassion Camel Caravan trek in 2014. Ice cold water and some fermented beverages await us in a buried esky. Each camp has its own treasure box which we look forward to devouring upon arrival.
The moon is so bright we almost don't need our head torches to cook Beltana Black Angus T Bone steaks on the fire. I do the steaks quite simply just with garlic and salt and they are mouth watering.
The outback is full of surprises as it is pretty fresh this morning. A welcome relief from the heat of yesterday, but i'm glad i brought my jacket. The wind has picked up and Bacon and eggs warms the belly and fills the fuel tank before setting off. Hopefully the cloud cover lasts until we make camp. It was an unsual day, it must have been the gradul change in the landscape as we were now passing into the valley at Puttapa Gap. Rocky hills dwarf us as we steadily climb towards the turn off to the Springs.
Almost as if on cue the clouds part and the sun shines down on us at camp. Perfect place for a swim. Gordon has walked pretty much the whole way, (apart from me carrying him for a little bit on my shoulders) he takes the time to utilize a vacant swag for a rest. I put the camels to feed while our client and Marie make their way to the spring. It is a beautiful place to make camp.
Goat curry and Damper is on the menu tonight. Everyone is relaxed and refreshed.
If you make the effort to be up before the sun, the rewards are obvious. The opal of the sky reveals it's seep and i take the opportunity to snap away with my camera. While Marie is cooking on the open fire Gordon finds a warm spot near the frying pan and keeps an eye on the bacon for us.
We took the road from the Spring back to Beltana Station via the township of Beltana. It was nice to walk with camels through such a historic town. Marie and I both agreed that we could keep on going but we were pretty sure Benny the camel was keen to stop for a couple of days.
I can confidently say our client was more than impressed with her experience. I know that she got more than she thought she was going to receive.
When designing The Beltana Camel Experience Safari's, we discussed what were the major elements of the Compassion Camel Caravan that we enjoyed and would like other people to experience. We came up with 6 simple pleasures in no particular order.
1) Sun rise and Sunset
2) Time with camels
3) Campfire cooking and good tasty meals
4) Cold drinks (water and beer etc)
5) Getting the KMs done early to maximize free time in the afternoon
6) Living outside and sleeping in swags under the stars.
If this sounds like something that you'd like to experience please make contact and book in. We are looking forward to traveling with you.
Composed by Kamahl after spending some quality time with the camels
I'm quite proud of our camels. Pride probably isn't the best word to use, maybe 'amazed' is. It's been a wonderful working week here at Beltana Station. We have been doing morning rides for guests visiting here between 8am-11am. It's a beautiful way to start the day and we end our day before it gets too hot. It's such a lovely experience to have people enjoying a moment in time with our camels. When i see someone atop one of our camels, who has never ridden a camel before and the beam in their face when they finish their ride, it is quite heart warming, not just for their happiness but knowledge I have of how far our camels have come and how far Marie and I have come working with them. I feel so proud for our camels, if only they knew the potential of their awesomeness. Our girls came to us straight from the wild's of outback Australia, mustered in by helicopter, motorbike, quad bike and vehicles driven by enthusiastic station hands. Corralled in steel yards with hundreds of other camels, drafted separated from friends and family members. Then trucked to another set of yards, trained, trekked for a few week along side a wagon, then lived at the Heritage caravan park in Alice Springs for 7 months, after the vans, the cars, the motorbikes, the people, the pets, media photo-shoots and radio interviews they undertook a 4 month 1200km charity camel trek to Beltana station. On the way they experienced motherhood, road trains, the routine of working life, hobbles, saddles, blankets, nose lines, halters, ropes, the Camel wagon, limited feed, abundance in feed, different landscapes smells and sounds, sand storms, wind storms, rain storms, very salty water, crystal clean spring water, chickens, tourists taking photos, pointing, touching, Aboriginal communities, Ruins, stock troughs, cattle, sheep donkeys goats, grids, barbwire, dirt roads, sand roads, gravel roads and tar.
Our camels have come from the virgin pristine desert lifestyle, shaped by natural selection from the previous generations of camels set free into the desert from 1926 onwards. Their linage has been moulded and shaped from strong forefathers and supreme mothers, weakness and illness breed out by the harshness of interior Australia, their mental fortitude hardened, some may call it stubbornness, i call it strong willed. It is this will that you try not to break in the education process but harness for dual species cooperation. They have come from a lifestyle of sleek naturalism with nothing on their backs, to wearing blankets, saddles and carrying people, our camels have come a long way in the last couple of years. Benny and Zoul came to us from the back of a truck from QLD. Both camels were very suspicious of us at first, I dare say that their previous interaction with humans may have lead to them believing that people suck. Benny and Zoul have gone from the type of camel you do a small prayer for your own safety each morning as you undergo the process of attaching the nose line to their nose peg, to the type of camel you trust with the most important roles. Benny has become a wonderful lead camel and is very stable at the front and Zoul makes a wonderful strong anchor in which we can put anyone aboard him. Marie is currently treating Benny's stiff 'morning legs' with Acupuncture and the process has been quite amazing. In two years we have known Benny we have never seen him sit down in the dust and roll, and just 15 mins after a session with Marie, to our amazement he claimed the dust bowl and did a full roll on each side. Today was Zoul's first treatment and he did it like the big Buddha he is.
Beltana has quite a number of visitors and its is great to welcome the young travelers on the G-tour twice a week. They have a jam-packed experience on their itinerary traveling from Melbourne to Darwin (in either direction). They are very enthusiastic about giving us feedback after the morning rides and all seem to enjoy the ability to ride a camel in such a historic part of the country. One girl had the opportunity the work on a camel farm in the Northern Territory and she said that her time atop Benny had confirmed he decision to take the job. She actually didn't want to get off when the ride was over. Marie and I really enjoy meeting new people and we love taking the time to chat about people's passions and inspirations. We love to know the who why where when and how of your story as much as we sense how interested people are in ours. I overheard one conversation between and man and wife during a ride, she asked him
"why are you so quiet?"
i had though 'oh maybe he is uncomfortable', but he replied
"I am really enjoying listening to these guys story" (Me and Marie raving on to the couple at the front about our life here).
So far we have met really sweet people, loving couples and bright faced enthusiastic young people.
So if our life continues like this where we get to live in 'God's Country' walk around with our camels and meet wonderful hearted people, well there will be no complaints from me....
Composed by Kamahl after a day in the saddle....
Catching camels in a 6 thousand acre paddock, on foot does seem like a slight challenge. While driving out to the paddock to catch our camels and bring them to the homestead my worry subsides, I'm armed with three things; Knowledge, Marie and a pocket full of carrots.
I know that most of our camels like carrots, I know that most of our camels love Marie and I know that most of our camels like carrots. I also get the feeling sometimes that camels know what is going on and it is testament to their compliance with the situation by letting you catch and lead them away from paradise to work for a bit.
Now it wouldn't be truthful to say that they did a merry dance of delight knowing that they were on their way to work but they didn't protest for as long as they could have on a 23km walk.
Our walk to the Homestead was amazing and every-time we have done it something new has been reveled to us, in the character of our camels. Mouse was the least happy about it and Benny was the most happy about it. I don't think we have seen Benny so happy. He seemed to be smiling, as he strode out in front towards home. When you come and visit and get to know Benny you will see that Benny is usually grumpy about most things and he likes to walk at the Benny pace which is about 3.8-4.2 kms per hr and that is it. Very solid camel at the front or Anchor, but today we did the whole trip in 4 hrs. Wow! Benny on the pump!
Benny came to us with another Camel named Zoul. They are our 2 wagon trained Bullocks. Benny and Zoul arrived in our life at the perfect time, which was 6 weeks before setting off on a 1200 km trek. They seemed to have lived a mysterious life and everyday we learn more about them. The man that sold them to us couldn't tell us much other than " Im pretty sure that one has wagon experience and i reckon the other one does too. " We found out soon enough that they are both wagon champions.
When we went on our trek, we were happy for Benny and Zoul to pull the wagon and that was that, they didn't need to know how to sit. Now that we are doing a saddle operation they need to know the role of sitting on command. Asking a camel to sit is a pretty massive thing for a camel. It is a very vulnerable position for an animal that knows that to escape danger is to move, so asking camels to sit one should keep in mind that this is a compromised position for them. Plus when a Male is asked to sit by another male it is a dominance thing that can end in its death, and a female asked to sit by a male is usually mated. So yeah now you might have an understanding when you see a camel complaining....
We had no idea if Benny or Zoul knew how to sit. I was a bit nervous about issuing the command because I felt like I had built up a nice and respectful relationship with these guys and didn't want to be the one "bullying" them. But it needed to be done and I am the one to do it. Well Benny sat in about 1 minute and Zoul took about 10 minutes to get it. I don't know if they had a history of sitting or that I have some way with them but i do know that they respect me enough to give me the benefit of the doubt. I do know that they both take sitting very seriously, you can see it when they sit in the yards and good luck to any camel that gets in their space. They are amazing boys. We brushed them, blankets on, then fitted the saddles like they'd been doing it for a 100 years.
The girls have no issues with the saddles, it's all in a days work. After a few walks we have modified the gear to suit the camel. All camels are different in personality, shape, size, gait, energy and level of comprehension.
We are so lucky to have such a diverse range of personalities in our herd of camels. We love them all and each one is special to us in their own way.
BENNY: A total character. Grew up in a pub and doesn't mind a beer.
ZOUL: The big man of the group. Commands respect.
MOUSE: One of the most intelligent camels we have ever met.
GYPSY: A sweet soul, pretty even on a bad hair day.
ANNABELLE: Good friends with MOUSE and is a wise old soul.
NYHLA: Pushy cheeky and a hit with the boys.
MALEKA: A big girl and loves working up the front with the boys.
RAGNAR: On his way to becoming a superstar. MOUSE is his mother.
TIDJI: A wild man at heart.
ODEN: A soft hearted gentleman. Gypsy is is mother and BLOSSOM is his childhood best friend.
BLOSSOM: Was born with 3 brothers, she has enough power to handle them all.
You'll fall in love with at least one of them....
It's been a really nice experience building up the camels stamina for the routine of camel trekking again. We love spending quality time with our camels. We don't like to rush it and will spend a good hour in our saddling up process. Plenty of time to chat, brush and pamper our companions. The other day we had a nice moment, a man visiting Beltana was watching us and then volunteered " You know in the last two minutes of watching you guys saddle up those camels, has completely changed my perception of those animals. Camels are truly amazing."
Composed by Kamahl in the early morning as the kettle heats up on the fire....
I guess what is so amazing on one level about the camel culture in Australia is the lack of accessibility to knowledge. Considering that for nearly a 1/5th of our nation's age, camels were at the forefront of development, pioneering, trade and expansion. You would think that there would be ready available information. Yet if you want to know about camels in Australia you've got to really hunt it. If you want know about camel Husbandry or even camel handling, there aren't many books to read, not much on the internet, nothing in the school curriculum, no tafe classes, only one training DVD that I know of (which i made). So it isn't an easy task, like say buying a dog or horse or chickens. Getting into camels in Australia is an adventure set out from the get go, it is also a hard road to travel. When you see a string of camels on the beach in Australia more often than not that operator has earned his camels. Blood sweat, tears, time, money, patience, frustrations, love, loss are just some of the ingredients one digests when living with the camel dream.
When one sets out on the path of camel ownership, handling and husbandry you are compelled down a long and winding and rugged path of long campfire yarns, dead ends, mesmerizing tall tales, gems of understanding, tricks of the trade, rouges, legends, legends in their own minds, good hearted people, wild at heart rebels, shonky business operators, escapist day dreamers, too soft, too hard, cruel, kind, unique and lovable larrikins. Not to mention the Australian camel. An animal that has had nearly 80 years to thrive, adapt and evolve to survive in some of the harshest landscape in the world. Living under the law of survival of the fittest, having to withstand, drought, fire, floods, feast then famine, wild dogs, waring bull camels separation and herd changes, and man chasing, mustering, yarding trucking, culling shooting, and trapping. Earning a camels trust after it's ancestors have gone through all that is success in it's self. Not all camels will give you the benefit of the doubt but when you find one that does you hold on to them dearly as they are worth their weight in gold.
My first conscious involvement with camels was at least 15 years ago when i was asked to film a 10 day camel trek, a 5 day walk to an outback pub and back. It was on day two that i thought this is the life for me. The camel dream had caught me and i have ben chasing it ever since. My own knowledge has come from meeting as many camel people in Australia as i could, like making a training video for Phil Gee and his trust training techniques. My camel passion has sent me traveling the world and learning from camel cultures in India, Ladhak and the UAE. Marie and I acquired our wild herd from the central desert, we picked them from 400 mustered camels, we trained them and then set out treking. The first camel owner I ever met, rich trekking knowledge rang loud and true on our camel trek from Alice Springs. She told me "Camels learn on the road, you learn everything on the road." She was right. The difference in our camels from Alice Springs to Beltana is so noticeable i could write an essay on it. And the level of calmness and education within our camels from when we arrived on Beltana and our camels having a 7 month rest to today is even more so. They are just getting better and better ever day. On our trek we had wagon camels and a string of pregnant camels at the back. We took the time to teach them to accept a saddle and thus the transition to riding camels today has been easier than I thought. Our trek was almost 3 treks in one, a wagon trek, a string trek and a treking with a herd. We got to experience the birth of all our baby camels and we look forward to involving them more in the years to come.
So the journey of camel knowledge hasn't finish for me in the slightest; Camel saddles for tourism and where to find them? Can we afford to buy them or should we make our own? Marie and I have had such an exciting time making our own gear for the charity trek that we decided to embark on constructing our own saddles. I think I should point out that it is good to know your own limitations and I don't have mad skills when it comes to pipe bending or welding so as luck would have it we were fortunate to met Noel Fullerton's Grandson, Selah, who has mad skills in all things metal and we commissioned him to make us some frames while Marie and I set out making the pads, the blankets and the tack. Marie and I were lucky to have spent a couple of cups of coffee with Noel and he generously gave us his time explaining the science behind how pads work in relation to the frame and hump. Noel passed away this week. Selah made us some beautiful frames and we are looking forward to creating more camel things with him.
Making the pads took a bloody long time. It is a bit of a process. First it is advisable to make a test pattern out of old material and get your shapes right before cutting your leather or soft blanket for the underside. Then you have to cut your patterns in the leather and the blanekts. Each saddle has three pads in it's set. Two side L shaped pads and one V shaped pad at the back. Then you have to make all the holes, cuts and slits needed. I broke two drill bits and gave the leather tools a good work out. Then you have to cut your straps from the leather, then add buckles and rivets etc. The seat is interesting and a bit of a punt, i mean how wide is an average Australian bum? Oiling the leather takes a bit of time. We kind of did the process backwards, where we oiled the leather after we completed the stuffed pads. The next set we will oil all the leather first then set about cutting and shaping it. And I guess it would have taken even longer if Marie wasn't involved. If it was just me I think i may be still doing it now... Marie has the wonderful ability to make patterns from sight, she is a wizz with sewing and all things material. I seemed to excel at drilling at least one million holes and stuffing our pads with wool. Another benefit of being at Beltana Station was getting some fine soft sheep and alpaca wool to stuff our pads. We shouldn't be hearing too many complaints from the camels.
To say we are pretty happy with our gear is an understatement. Marie and I work really well together and I am grateful for that. So when you come for a ride or a safari with us and our wonderful camels you'll know you are sitting on custom gear and you will have a small insight into the magnitude of life that has come together for you to be riding a camel in Australia....
Composed by Kamahl in the shade on a sunny spring day....
When we first set foot on Beltana station it was during the last five days of our 100 day, 1200km camel charity trek The Compassion Camel Caravan. Marie and I had successfully trekked with our camels from Alice Springs to Beltana, (1,200km) raising $14,000 for SWAGS FOR THE HOMELESS, (161 Back pack beds) helping Aussies in need of a warm bed on a cold night.
I remember being struck in the heart by the majesty of the ranges, the vastness of the landscape and the richness in camel feed. Our first camp was on a hill looking down the valley, the camels had a beautiful circle of acacia victoria to munch on and I had a tiny thought that this had to be the best place we had traveled through on our trek. That night, a full moon crept up behind us mimicking a sun rise, moonlight sprayed our camp our wagon and our dreams and maybe just maybe a tiny thought started to sprout...What if this is the place for us?
Laura and Graham Ragless, the owners of Beltana, welcomed our caravan with open arms and invited us to finish our trek here as summer was upon us. No time to be on the road. We stored our beautiful hand crafted love made wagon under cover. We clean her out, repack some gear and store her safely out of harms way. The handbrake was on for the final time of 2014. We chose the coolest day in the week to walk the Camel string 23 kms from the Homestead to their holiday paddock. A lush 25 square km paddock filled with yummy camel fodder, clear water and plenty of space to lay about. It is amazing how we weren’t even phased by a 23km walk. Benny Zoul and Maleka were surprised to head off with the girls attached to them, rather than the wagon. It was quite amusing that even with no wagon or gear in tow the camels all still walked at the same pace. Leading me to wonder, were they ever really pulling the wagon?
There is a little shock wave when you leave a certain life you have immersed yourself in then face the unknown of the next one. Marie and I had experienced this phenomena a couple of times in our relationship so far. We went from fulltime employment 9-5 suburban living, to 7 months in a caravan park on limited employment, to 100 days camel trekking on the road and now to running the Beltana Camel Experience .
The core dream that Marie and I both have is to spend quality time with our camels in an environment which is enjoyable for both us and our camels. Beltana Station ticks all the boxes. Beltana Station is a family run working Sheep and cattle station set on half a million acres in the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
Beltana Station is vast and diverse with beautiful red sand dunes, wide gibber plains, diverse creek beds, natural springs and rugged outback mountain ranges.
We have 468000 acres to play in. As you may or may not know that I am a film maker by trade and have spent a good portion of my career trying to blend my passion for film making and Camels, so i am happy to let you know that over the last 30 years many films have been shot on location at Beltana such as Rabbit Proof Fence, Tracks, Thousand skies, Bitter Serenades and the blockbuster Stealth.
I have made some videos for film makers looking for an amazing location to shoot. Basically this whole property, to me, is one big film set.
Beltana has a lot to offer, there are plenty of reasons to come to Beltana, not just the awesome locations but there is homely accommodation, hearty meals and services such as laundry, kitchen and an amenity block. There is a range of experiences for you to partake in, scenic 4WD trails, rustic ruins, bush camping, the free heritage Museum, petting zoo for the kids, and of course our camels rides and Camel safari's.
The petting Zoo at Beltana is ridiculously cute and the kids love the hands on experience. They can get a first hand experiences of farming life. They get to interact with baby sheep, goats, pigs, cows, chickens and now camels.
Our camels LOVE it here. They thought they were in heaven after 1200km and haven't wanted to move since. This is one of the major reason we accepted Laura and Grahams invitation to run a camel tourism business up here. Camels are respected here for their contribution to the pioneering and expansion of inland Australia.
Beltana is steeped in camel history as it was owned by Sir Thomas Elder the man responsible for importing camels and their handlers into Australia. Beltana was one of the largest breeding depot of camels in Australia history. Beltana station became the starting point for many famous expeditions including Ernest Giles amazing journey in 1875 to Western Australia. Camels have been in Australia since 1840 when the first Camel to set foot on our shores, was imported from the Canary Islands. In 1860 another group of camels were imported for the famous Bourke and Wills expedition.
In 1862 Sir Thomas Elder acquired Beltana through his brother-in-law Robert Barr Smith. Elder seeing promise in the carrying capacity of Camels was looking for a 'Ship' of the Desert. Samuel Stuckey had been to India in 1862 looking for camels and Handlers to fulfill this role. By the mid-1800s, exploration in Australia was at its peak with expeditions setting out almost monthly. The first 109 camels and 31 Handlers went to Elder's station Umberatana, where Stuckey was the manager at that time. The race to map the continent, locate natural resources and find new places to settle moved away from the coast and further into the inhospitable heart of Australia. The unique design and ability of camels made it quite obvious that horses and bullocks were not as useful as the camel. The Camel has played an important role in the development of Australia for over 50 years. They were used in the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, major roads and Railways, carried pipe sections for the Goldfields Water Supply, were the main supply of goods to Towns, Mining Camps, Sheep and Cattle Stations and Aboriginal Communities. Wagons hauled by Camels moved a variety of goods from wool, wood, coal, iron ore, gold, quartz and stores.
So during our 4 month charity trek, we met many people who yearned for our experience: our open campfires, our delicious camp cooking, endless stars, freedom, sunsets and the peace and majesty of traveling with camels. So now we're in a position to share all that as well as what we learned from trekking with camels.
We really hope you take the time to join us and our unique group of lovely camels here at Beltana. You can participate in a 15 min ride or for the more adventurous, an over night trip or a five night Safari. There is no better way to explore Beltana than on the back of a camel.