Gallery: Camel trek in the Simpson Desert

By AG STAFF 23 February 2015
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Cameleer Andrew Harper has been exploring Australia’s deserts for more than 20 years. His adventures have included a solo crossing of the continent, and amount to a distance of 20,000km+. Some expeditions were completed solo, others with fellow explorers, but all with his camels. Australian Geographic joined Andrew and the Australian Desert Expeditions crew – 17 camels, three cameleers, four scientists and 11 trekkers – on their Great White Lakes survey in the Simpson Desert. This was the sixth of seven treks held in 2014, all aimed at studying the ecology of the southern Simpson Desert. Taking slightly different routes, all passed along the 138th meridian, from about 3km north of Kallakoopah Creek, SA, to the Qld border. Carefully combing clay pans and climbing dunes, the camel train spent more than five months in the Simpson, on what turned out to be a unique journey of discovery. See the full story in #125 of Australian Geographic.