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Trekking across harsh desert areas in the Center of Australia can be an awesome experience. Outback Australia is a treasure trove of native flora, fauna, captivating scenery and exciting challenges. Venturing into the Simpson desert is probably the most daring thing that many adventure trekkers will ever do. The Simpson desert occupies about 200,000 square kilometres that comprise of parallel sand dunes, which can reach a height of twenty meters, salt flats and sandy clay pans. The area is one of the most remote locations on earth.
An adventurer can choose to explore the desert by using an air conditioned 4 wheel drive vehicle and, although it is not without certain elements of risk, it's pretty easy. Wandering out there on foot is not feasible, because of the risk of getting lost and the amount of survival gear that has to be carried.
A unique alternative is to trek the arid outback deserts of Australia by camel. There are many advantages to joining a camel caravan, all the gear is carried by camels, no pollution, no noisy motor vehicles, all meals supplied and kids of all ages are welcome.
What a way to go, no need to carry a back pack, walk freely and enjoy the fresh air, the scent of desert flowers and the presence of the many varieties of wildlife that exist in some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth. Be awe struck by the desert sunsets, sunrises, peace and tranquility, knowing that the group of people that you are with, are among the very few in the world that have ventured into this remote area.
Another popular inland camel trekking destination is Lake Eyre, which comprises of two salt lakes that occupy about 9320 square kilometers. The north lake is the larger at 144 km. long and 77 km. broad and is joined by a narrow channel to the southern lake which is about 60 km. long and 25 km. wide.
Lake Eyre was once the venue for many land speed record attempts, the most memorable is that of Donald Campbell's attempt in July 1964 when he successfully set a world land speed record of 403.10 mph. Campbell, also captured the world water speed record of 276.30 mph. that year, at Lake Bonney, Barmera in South Australia.
Camel treks in the center of Australia are only conducted during the southern winter months, from April to October when the average daily temperature is about 23 degrees Celsius, which make trekking conditions ideal. Bear in mind that overnight desert temperatures will drop below zero degrees Celsius.
There are a number of camel treks conducted in various inland centers during the months of April to October all of which, are readily accessible by air, coach or private vehicle. Camel treks require a certain amount of customer participation. The trekker may be asked to help with setting up campsites and to assist the cameleers with the animals, which are really gentle giants.
Most camel treks range from four to eight days and are all inclusive, all the trekker needs is a change of clothes, comfortable walking shoes, a pair of scuffs to wear at the campsites, a one liter water bottle and a sleeping bag rated at minus 5 degrees Celsius, because it can really get cold at night.
Join an outback camel caravan in Australia, your grand kids are going to love the tale.
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