Ships Of The Desert In Queensland

On the 2nd of August, early in the morning after sunrise, I passed a group of camels, with boxes and packs. A mature man walking in front, leading three camels, his wife riding the last in line. They were accompanied by another younger woman with two horses, and packs. Destination-unknown.

Last weekend I arrived back at Kilkivan Bush Camping, to find the camel train had returned.

Camels at Kilkivan

The camel train came with it’s own support team, vehicles and floats, pre-set up camp, etc.   I’d heard of this couple coming through the camp grounds before. Last year they had travelled the Bicentennial National Trail for a distance of one thousand, eight hundred kilometres, then turned around and came back again.( 3,600 km round trip.)

Equipment carried by camels

This trip was only a short run. About 250 km down the National Trail. The group travelled from Kilkivan to Blackbutt, and back again. Definitely not a trip I’d jump into, without thinking or planning a great deal.

Trip route marked out.  

The Bicentennial national Trail, follows the route of the old stock route from Cape York ,Northern Queensland, down to Brisbane. There’s an awful lot of wild country along the way, and not too many McDonald’s Restaurants to be seen.

So here is to true adventurers across the world, keep exploring.




About ivoradventures

Lives Brisbane north. Age 47. Male. Interests-heaps of stuff. Camping, fishing, and gold panning, keeps me quite busy. I still find time to cook,and spend time family and friends. I truly enjoy my daughters company(Shannon), but don't see enough of her since she moved out. There is a certain type of beauty that exists only in the wild places, and it calls to you. Go and explore! And drag someone with you.
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