Camelman DreamingBook Non-Fiction
The true story of
Australia's Last Great Camel Expedition.
13 years to plan and 2 years to walk across Australia with a herd of camels to say "thank you" to the 'Children First Foundation' charity.
Recent Blog Entries
It's easy to fall in love with Euco!
The camels working on an extended expedition
Nature putting on a show for the camel safari.
"The views are incredible. So much space and no-one around"
"Every camel can teach us so much about ourselves"
Coming down Mt Deception after exploring a hidden valley.
Perfect end to the day. Soft sand, warm fire and camels
"Some of the most stunning scenery on planet earth!" - Ian V (Darwin, N.T)
Natures wonders captured. An early morning mirage in the distance.
Group Fun & Adventure
Russell presenting Camelman Dreaming at a business conference
Fun in the Bush
"We want to introduce you to our amazing team of camels that we love very dearly and without them we would not be able connect people back to nature, animals and themselves in a unique and extra-ordinary way. They are our pets, part of our family and we hope that they capture your heart as they have done ours."~ Russell & Tara
There hasn't been a single participant on an Outback Australian Camel Safari who hasn't fallen head over heels in love with this magnificent camel.
He has a most delightful nature about him. He is well respected by all of the other camels in the herd. He is incredibly obedient and willing to please the handler and is a natural born leader of all of the other camels.
In short, he is a true asset to the team.
Camilla is a relative new-comer to the herd and has been "finding her way" in amongst the demographics of the herd structure.
She has proven to be a great camel with an enormous capacity to learn the style of trekking we do with Outback Australian Camels.
Overall, Camilla is fast becoming a favourite in the herd amongst the safari participants.
Click below to hear Camilla talk
Euco, the youngest camel in the herd.
Euco has all of the inquisitiveness of a young camel and yet is fast becoming a leader of other camels we operate with.
Euco has an amazing personality and totally loves human contact - in fact, he craves it.
Possibly one of the smoochiest camels you could ever come across.
Taggles has been a trusted friend of Outback Australian Camels CEO, Russell Osborne for many years.
The bond that has been created between these two is nothing short of amazing.
Taggles is willing to share his love with participants on Outback Australian Camels Safaris but he is very much loyal to Russell. It's a type of relationship an owner of a dog has. One master but friends to everyone.
The challenges Taggles and other camels in the herd have overcome have been immense and he has grown into a fine, integral part of the camel herd.
Jack, the lead camel in the herd, takes his role seriously. He is an amazing companion leading the string during the day and doesn't hesitate to let the cameleer of the impending obstacles which would be detrimental to a string of camels.
It's an unusual level of communication he has with the cameleer and it's at a level that offers for smooth trekking for all as the string traverses rough and challenging country.
In short, Jack is perfect for the lead camel position.
Queen Sheba. We often think that her nickname
should be “Gamel”, which is Arabic for Beautiful
This beautiful camel was rescued by some very
genuinely caring folk who also rescued donkeys.
Queen Sheba is now on a learning curve to become apart of the herd.
She is a terrific example of a camel who has known
nothing but love, kindness and a gentle touch. A very affectionate camel which is evident to all those that come in contact with her!
Coco has personality plus!
He loves to play when not working and his antics will keep you amused for hours.
He is a very steady & trusted camel in our camel string and he is earmarked to lead his own herd of camels one day in the near future.
Baci is affectionately known as “little fella” even though he is now a fully grown camel and not so little.
He has a sweet temperament and just loves plenty of kindness.
He has proven himself to be a most
trusting camel and has achieved a lot in his life as a trekking camel.
Cameleers (Camel Handlers)
Russell Osborne | Head Cameleer | CEO/Owner
Professional Transcontinental Camel Expeditioner, feral and domestic Camel Trainer, Russell will take you on a journey into this remote, yet stunningly beautiful part of the world that you will never forget and will hold onto forever as one of the worlds’ last great adventures.
Russell has a deep passion and understanding for the outback and what the 'land' can really offer on a personal level. Russell's career path ranges from being a dedicated school teacher in isolated Aboriginal communities through out Australia and internationally for over 15 years along with many years of tour guiding experience in Australia’s Top End.
Russell has dedicated 13 years of his life amongst other things - to organising a walking expedition of over 6,500 kms with camels from Darwin to Melbourne to raise money for the Children First Foundation. Russell successfully completely this trek over a 2 year period from 2006-2008 and recently published his book 'Camelman Dreaming' in 2013 of his journey, challenges and life changing situations.
Russell gives public presentations about his 'big walk' from the top end of Australia to Melbourne whilst inspiring people to consider the world and its issues on a larger scale.
Russell is the founder, co-owner and operator at Outback Australian Camels with his life partner Tara Lea, where they dedicate a large part of their time to co-create meaningful and inspirational camel treks in the depths of the Australian Outback.
Passionate Author, Life Coach, Public Speaker, Transcontinental Cameleer, Ambassador - Children First Foundation. Father, Camel educator/trainer & life partner to Tara Lea.
Russell's website/blog: www.RussellOsborne.com
Tara Lea | Cameleer | Business Owner & Manager
Tara is a passionate cameleer who loves to bring peoples awareness the camels magnificence, their ability to help one feel love like never before and heal on a personal level while trekking the desert ranges. Tara specialises in co-creating inspirational Camel Trek Retreats and Trekking for Charity campaigns with Outback Australian Camels.
Tara begun cameleering in 2012, originally coming from the horse industry, Tara never imaged that camels would play such a big part in her life journey. Tara immersed herself in learning camel handling, training and connection in a short period of time which now has turned into her life passion and purpose.
On first connection to the camels energy, resilience, boldness and ability to love unconditionally, is what started Tara's small obsession - now large - of connecting the "people" with camels for a truly remarkable and life transformation experience in the remoteness of Australia.
Passionate women's rights advocate, Yogi, Mum to 3 - Charlotte, Tate & Owyn and Russell's life partner.
Founder of Youth Camel Camp - a Youth Self development & life adventure program in the outback and the Charity Camel Trek - trekking to help end sexual slavery of young girls in south east Asia raising over $15,000 with her dedicated team in 2014 www.CharityCamelTrek.com