Explore the Central Australian Icons including a "Sand Driving Masterclass" on Big Red, while circumnavigating the Simpson Desert on this action-packed 12 day trek with your experienced guide/instructor and the company of like-minded travellers.
We've taken away the hassle and uncertainty of organising a trip like this and the risk of doing it alone. Your guide is experienced in leading remote tours and a qualified four wheel driving instructor, so even if you're not experienced in Outback travel, you will be coached along the way. You will come away from a trip like this with 4WD skills to last you a lifetime.
Starting with the first night in a cabin at Windorah QLD, at the edge of the sealed roads, we take you to the most iconic Outback town, Birdsville, and the most notorious sand dune in the country, Big Red, for a "Sand Driving Master Class". After two nights in Birdsville, we travel North through the wide expanse of the Outback and towns rich in history, then cross into the NT on the Plenty Highway. We pass through the East MacDonald Ranges before a stop-over in Alice Springs for a night to refuel and restock.
A night camped at the geographical centre of Australia is followed by more remote travel to the Western edge of the Simpson Desert and the icons of Mt Dare, Dalhousie Springs, Oodnadatta, William Creek (there's an option of a scenic flight over Lake Eyre from William Creek), and Marree where we join the Birdsville Track.
Staying at the Mungeranie pub, we continue on the Birdsville Track before taking the sweeping sandy track of Walkers Crossing to Innamincka. The next day we visit the The Dig Tree to relive its tragic story and then continue East to end our journey with an included motel room and restaurant dinner at Thargomindah.
Find out what's included below.
Duration: 12 Days
Cost: $2990 per couple. Kids under 16 free, extra passengers $495.
See below for what's included in the tour cost. You can phone or email Tony directly about the tour on the contact details below.
• Professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current first aid cert;
• Reliable 200 Series Landcruiser tour vehicle with all safety, recovery, communications and emergency equipment (Garmin inReach - tracker, emergency beacon and satellite texting);
• All accommodation and camping fees including cabin/motel accommodation on the first and last nights;
• 3 dinners (Birdsville Hotel, Thargomindah and BBQ "long table dinner" at Lambert Centre);
• All Permits, Parks Passes, National Park entry fees;
• Tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios; night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps; photography sessions and tips.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
4WD Vehicle, fuel, food, camping gear, insurance.
WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE AND TRAILER REQUIREMENTS?
This tour is suitable for off-road camper trailers. (Talk to Tony about your trailer's suitability)
• A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range (with some exceptions)
• Fixed 2-way radio and good aerial (not the little whippy ones)
• Upgraded heavy duty suspension (yes, even if your vehicle is new)
• Fuel range of 700 km is required for this tour
• All terrain LT tyres (light truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min)
• A good quality sand flag
• Some basic recovery gear is advised to be carried - spade, snatch strap, shackles and Max Trax.
A Mechanical Checklist is to be completed and returned by a qualified mechanic 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour. A Medical Form is also to be completed and returned 2 weeks prior to departure.
WHERE CAN I GET SUPPLIES AND FUEL?
Fuel is available along our route, however, you will need to have a fuel range of 700 km in case of emergencies. All care will be taken to check in advance whether fuel is available where we are going. Food is also available along the way but variety is limited and fresh food is not always available.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FULL ITINERARY?
A full itinerary is sent to you on request. The above description is a general outline. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on track conditions, weather, vehicle issues etc.
Tony is an experienced remote area tour guide and Cert IV qualified trainer and assessor in four wheel driving. He has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management. Tony has led remote tours all over Australia and in New Zealand including the South Island High Country, the Kimberleys, Flinders Ranges, Central Australia, Canning Stock Route, Victorian High Country, Arnhem land and Cape York. Tony is a keen fisherman and photographer and loves chasing wildlife with the camera.
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