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Andrew has been walking and exploring the Australian deserts since 1995 and has journeyed over 15000 kilometres across all of Australia's major deserts either as a solo explorer or as leader of commercial & scientific camel expeditions.
His passion for the outback and love of camels has been rewarded the medal of the Order of Australia, for his service to environmental science, research and adventure tourism in 2015.
In 1999 he brought to fruition a 17 year dream of walking across Australia along The Tropic of Capricorn, a 229 day, 4637 kilometre journey raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
In 2007 he founded Australian Desert Expeditions, a Not-For-Profit Registered Environmental Organisation that partners with leading universities and national research institutions to conduct scientific & ecological surveys in the far reaches of the inland deserts. Andrew believes that Australia's long cameleering exploration heritage can successfully partner with modern science to further our ecological knowledge of Australia's great arid wilderness.
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A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has crossed the Simpson Desert - the worlds largest parallel sand ridge desert - 12 times in various directions, the latest solo journey being reconnxpedition, a 35 day, 700 kilometre crossing in 2012.
Andrew’s Simpson Desert Expeditions are rated by National Geographic Magazine as one of the 25 Greatest Adventures In The World.
When not walking deserts, he takes to the water and kayaks the inland rivers and is currently actively campaigning for the introduction of a national container recycling scheme.
Andrew’s Australian Desert Expeditions and Outback Camel Company, continues to grow and reflects his own environmental and sustainability beliefs.
Andrew Harper www.andrewharper.com.au/
Australian Desert Expeditions / Scientific & Ecological Surveys www.desertexpeditions.org
Outback Camel Company / Desert Treks & Expeditions www.camelexpeditions.com