Help a camel trekking family in the outback, South Australia



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    We can host between 6 - 12 helpers and up to 2 paid positions at a time ( must have extensive large animal experience ). Plus our full-time staff will be around at all times ... you won't be lonely and you won't be left alone with tasks!

    Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read our comprehensive profile. We are frequently off the internet and out of range. Please note the office and mobile will be largely unattended and we will do our best to respond to all Workaway enquiries as quickly as possible.

    The company is owned by Paul and Karen who share a love of camels and the outback with over 25 years of camel handling experience. They met in the 1990s at a camel race gathering in Canberra and have since gone on to win numerous tourism awards, been filmed for several television programmes, and trained camels for overseas royalty. Together, they have been mentored by several old camel men who share links to a bygone era.

    Our guests, staff, and helpers will wake up at the dawn of time in one of the oldest landscapes in the world. Ancient dramatic panoramas, peaceful tree-lined gorges, rocky water holes, and a seasonal wealth of wildlife create a sense of expanse unique to this semi-arid zone. We are the only trekking company in the Australia that allows people to ride these proud animals on extended overnight treks, and we are the only business of our kind that accepts volunteers. Guests frequently express finding the rhythm of camel riding relaxing. Our oldest rider this year was eighty and our youngest was three.

    We are located at two locations approximately 500 - 1000kms north of Adelaide on Beltana and Clayton Outback Stations ( like ranches but only bigger! ) which showcases 1,542 square kilometers of picturesque Flinders Rangers landscape. This iconic land can be seen in several well-known movies, including Tracks, Thousand Skies, Gallipoli Stealth and Rabbit Proof Fence.

    We offer both Workaway positions on the station with our family and short-term paid STAFF positions with our company in a much more limited capacity. We welcome you to enquire about both!

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    BE AWARE there can be long, busy days PRE and POST camel trekking with setting up and packing away from the actual camel trek. We are really wanting to be clear that camel treks and station life are amazing but they do require a mind set that is enthusiastic and self sufficient. Treks can vary from Overnight Safaris through to 9 days. You should be a healthy, energetic person, that is able and willing to walk with the camels for 4 - 5 hours a day and dish washing, campfire, and helping with the camels.

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    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about native flora and fauna, camping and camp fire cooking skills. If you have the minimum requirement of 2 years horse experience, you can find yourself assisting more with the camels on the station until you reach a point of trust and responsibility where you can have nearly unlimited interaction with them. Regardless, if you don't have horse experience you will still spend time with the camels and learn a lot about these charismatic animals. If you enjoy cooking, we will encourage you to learn about cooking in camp ovens over the fire and using coals. As we predominately spend our time operating our tourism business, you will also be able to talk with interesting guests from all over Australia and the world.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    Helper & Staff Schedule BLOCKS -

    If you would like to join us in 2019, have a look at the available dates below and let us know which Block(s) suit you best; we are happy for helpers and staff to stay for more than one Block. However, we do ask that all applicants work within our set Block dates due to the limited transport to our location. If you cannot commit to one of these blocks, please do not apply!

    More information will be forthcoming over the next several months. Dates are still subject to changes.

    BLOCK ONE: has almost been completed with the remaining trek below -
    4 Day / 4 Night Private Secondary School Camp - June 3rd - June 7th 2019

    BLOCK 2: Monday 24th June - Friday 16th August 2019 (60 days) Our most exciting Block!
    9 Day July Desert Expedition - July 1st - 9th 2019
    9 Day July Desert Expedition - July 11th - July 19th 2019
    10 Day Desert Trek / Private Secondary School Camp - July 23rd - August 1st 2019
    9 Day August Desert Expedition - August 5th - August 13th 2019

    BLOCK 3: Monday 19th August - Thursday 20th September (33 days)
    10 Day Desert Trek / Private Secondary School Camp - August 21st - August 30th 2019
    9 Day Lake Torrens & Surrounds Exploration - September 9th - 17th 2019
    4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek – September 2nd - 6th 2019

    BLOCK 4: Thursday 19th September - Friday 22th October 2019 (35 days)
    7 Day Private Secondary School camp - September 21st - 27th 2019
    4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek / Family Trek - September 30th - October 4th 2019
    Film Crew project - October 7th - 15th 2019 THIS PROJECT has been extended to finish by October 27th. We welcome those who are able to stay longer to be part of this filming with Australia's ABC Film company.

    We have in the past had volunteer individuals arrive that have been drug and alcohol dependant, so we now have a trial period of two weeks to make sure that both you and everyone else here is suited to working together. If we find any Workaway volunteers using drugs they will be immediately removed. If Workaway or staff are planning to stay longer with us, we suggest a trial period of two weeks, after which if everyone is happy we accept longer stays. We are open to longer Workaway and staff arrangements of several months or even the entire season through till the end of October.

    We have similar standards and expectations for both Workawayer AND staff, despite the different roles, as they are in similar environments and require similar activities in different capacities (being remote, Block schedule, trial period, desired skills for handling animals, ability to drive 4WD for the kids, cooking, being around children, & etc.)

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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Enjoy meeting and sharing with tourists
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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Have previous experience with animals, horses, cows etc.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Like the idea of getting to know camels
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Have a drivers licence and can drive manual four wheel drives (Not compulsory)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Like cooperating as part of a team
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Like being with people / tourists / guests / other helpers
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Like the idea of helping on secondary school camps

    During a trek, we typically wake up with the sunrise to light the fire for hot water and set out breakfast supplies. Sometimes, we cook a hot breakfast and prepare everyone’s lunch before we head out for the walk that day. Then, individuals with two years horse experience will assist in saddling the camels and preparing the pack bags with relevant supplies. Once saddled, we load guests on the camels and begin our walk for the day, which can range from 5 to 18km. During the walk, you might be responsible for checking the comfort of the camels and guests or navigation. If you have a camera we might ask you to take some images for us or the guests. Back at camp, we light all the fires and begin to prepare dinner and dessert. After dinner, all staff members assist in cleaning dishes and cast irons and then have a chat with guests. Then, staff and guests roll out their cozy swags and get a good night’s sleep under the stars.
    Although each day on a trek doesn’t exactly follow this schedule, most private treks are like this. Days when we shift camps or school treks can vary significantly. When we shift camp, you might find yourself driving cars to and from campsites and packing trailers (should be able to carry 20kg of luggage). Depending on the number of staff and where you feel most comfortable, you might find that you have more responsibility in one aspect of the trek (i.e. cooking or camels) than other staff.

    Often, a few days before and after treks, there can be a lot of necessary preparation. This could include changing bedding in swags, shopping for food supplies, performing maintenance to trek equipment, or restocking the ‘wagon’ with meal supplies.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English & we frequently have helpers from France, Germany & the USA.

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers will largely be sleeping in swags which are like a single man tent, but with a mattress and canvas cover that opens up so you can view the stars! We also have several clean, comfortable caravans that allow helpers to have their own independent (separate sex accommodation) living spaces. We enjoy eating healthy (mostly) vegetarian meals together. We only accept non-smokers and no alcoholic drinkers. We happily welcome vegetarian, vegan and gluten free eaters. Helpers are always provided with unlimited food, including fresh fruit, vegetable and clean drinking water. There is never a restriction on food, both on and off camel treks.

    SWAGS - You will be largely sleeping under the southern stars whilst out on camel treks in one of our comfortable swags (netted bed with mattress) which is a pinnacle experience for many of our guests. Our swags are fully lined and insect proof with a net that allows you to fall asleep gazing at the night sky. We provide sleeping bags and clean liners or you can bring your own.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️MUST HAVE fully comprehensive travel insurance, we require a scanned copy of your travel insurance provider as well as a scanned copy of your passport. If you are a resident of South Australia, we also require that you have comprehensive medical coverage/insurance as well as South Australian Ambulance cover. If you do not have either of these, we require that you take out temporary travel insurance and recommend Australia Post or World Nomads coverage.

    Lastly, all WorkAway staff attending School Camps ( May, June, July, and September months ) are now required to undergo a police and working with children check. This has been heavily stressed upon us by the schools we have partnerships with. A police check can be arranged on-line with the South Australian police.

    We require helpers to provide 1) proof of health insurance coverage, 2) passport copy, and 3) police checks (for staff on school camp treks)

    Upon your arrival with us, we will request that you provide us with these documents and also ask that you sign our company waiver forms if you wish to work directly with the camels. Please advise us at your earliest convenience if you have any difficulty submitting these details before your arrival.

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    Try to avoid purchasing new shoes at this time because you will likely end up with blisters. If you are prone to blisters please bring you own band aids and/or see a chemist as there are wonder anti-blister ankle supports for sale. Most of the staff wear covered boots because there are prickles and rocks. Some sneakers are very comfortable but we do not recommend sandals unless you have hardened outdoor feet!
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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️bring clothing that will keep you protected in the outdoors. It can rain here, be cold and hot as well as dusty. We provide crew with two of our long sleeve shirts that can be worn on treks.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Head torch or flashlight

    Once we have received a message from helpers we are happy to provide additional information such as Transportation options and our Information PDF.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    (max 25 hours/week) Long enjoyable days when trekking / free day gaps in-between Camel treks

Taylor and Mocha
Crew members waiting with their string of camels
Anna assisting with the cooking
Volunteers walking across a claypan
All meals on Camel Treks are cooked over the fire.
A group enjoying the sunrise from atop a mountain
Jocko from Japan with Dinny
Sam from the USA leading the camel string before an approaching storm
Great sunsets
Zaki and Guillaume from France
Its an expansive landscape under big skies
Karen and her husband love their camels. Karen riding Mumpy

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