Beadell Highways Trek. Alice Springs to Coober Pedy, incl. Surveyor General's Corner. 15 Nights

14 May - 28 May 2025 - Bookings now open. 

$5775 per vehicle incl. 2 people. 8 Vehicles Max. Off-road camper trailers ok.


Starting with our included first night's accommodation and dinner at Lasseters Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs, we take on several of the legendary Len Beadell's Central Australian "Highways" on this giant "C-shaped" trek. From Alice, we find the start of the Gary Highway just up the Tanami Track, following this deep into the desert, passed some remote Aboriginal Communities all the way to WA, before heading abruptly South on the very scenic and seldom travelled Sandy Blight Road.

Emerging onto the Great Central Road, we visit the Giles Meteorological Station near Warakurna, and then onto Surveyor General's Corner (by special permit), on the tri-state border of SA, NT and WA. Popping back out onto the Great Central once more, we refuel at Warburton before tackling the remote Connie Sue Highway Southwards into the Great Victoria Desert. From Neale Junction, it's a 900 km run East on the Anne Beadell Highway through the  incredibly remote Great Victoria Desert.

Along the way, there are several points of interest, including the most remote fuel stop in Australia, Ilkurlka Roadhouse, the crashed Goldfields Air Services plane, and the Emu Field Nuclear Test Area. If you're lucky, we might see the brilliantly coloured Scarlet Breasted Parrot, or the elegant Princess Parrot. You will definitely see lots of camels. We emerge back out into "civilisation" on the Stuart Highway at Coober Pedy, where we will have a night in the underground hotel, and our final dinner together.

Some off-road driving experience is preferred for this tour - it is very remote and the corrugations are long and rough in places. Full off-road camper trailers are ok on this trek, but they must meet our requirements. 

Duration: 15 Nights  
Start/End: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy
Cost: $5775 per vehicle including 1 or 2 people. $600 each additional passenger. 10% Discount for returning customers

Contact us for more information or to book your adventure.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

β€’ First night's accommodation in a hotel room & dinner at Lasseters Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs
β€’ Last night's accommodation in the Underground Motel and dinner in Coober Pedy
β€’ StarLink Wifi - internet when we're camped remotely
β€’ All access permits & camping fees including Surveyor General's Corner, Woomera Military Zone, and Aboriginal land and transit permits
β€’ Pre-tour help and advice on vehicle and gear setup.
β€’ All the arrangements and bookings for the tour (just get yourself, your gear and vehicle to Alice Springs).
β€’ Full-time, professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current remote area first aid certificate.
β€’ "On-tour" training over the 2-way radio. You will be given help and advice throughout the entire trip. You will be warned of oncoming traffic and hazards. Your guide will co-ordinate dune crossings with oncoming vehicles, talking to them on another UHF channel so there's no confusion about what to do. On difficult sections, your guide will be out of their vehicle to help you and instruct you personally. 
β€’ Reliable tour leader's vehicle with all safety, recovery, communications and emergency equipment - Starlink, Satphone and Garmin inReach (tracker, emergency beacon & satellite texting), winch, snatch straps, Max Trax etc.
β€’ Tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios.
β€’ Night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

 β€’ 4WD Vehicle, fuel, food (other than stated above), camping gear, insurance (vehicle and personal)

WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS?
- A full list of requirements, as well as the tour inclusions and Ts & Cs is provided with our "Pre-booking Info Pack". Email Tony here tony@4x4treks.com.au to request an Info Pack for Beadell Highways Trek

β€’ A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range.
β€’ Off-road camper trailers are limited to particular specs (ask Tony about this) 
β€’ Upgraded, heavy duty suspension - even on a new vehicle. 
β€’ One spare front and and one spare rear shock as appropriate for your vehicle (and trailer).
β€’ Six Light Truck construction (LT) tyres with over 70% tread remaining.
β€’ Fuel range of 1,000 km.
β€’ 50 - 80L water storage.
β€’ Good quality UHF radio base set (Uniden, GME or Oricom recommended) fitted into your vehicle by a UHF specialist installer, and a substantial aerial - 6.6dbi, 0.5-1 metre in length, with large 30mm base - not the slim springy ones. These will break on the corrugations.
β€’ Good quality sand flag with lynch pin base. Not a hose fitting type, and not the spring base type. Bushranger flag from ARB recommended.
β€’ Tyre pressure gauge.
β€’ Tyre pressure monitors - TPMS.
β€’ Good quality air compressor.
β€’ Some spares are required to be carried (filters, belt etc). A full list is provided on booking.
β€’ A Mechanical Checklist is to be completed by a qualified mechanic and returned  at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour.
β€’ An Medical Form is to be completed by each person in your vehicle and submitted at least 2 weeks before departure.
β€’ A tent or camp set up that is EASY TO PUT UP AND TAKE DOWN. This should take no longer than 15 mins each time. This will make or break your trip. An awning tent connected to your vehicle in not recommended. 
β€’ Vehicle Insurance - make sure your insurance company covers your vehicle for off-road driving. NRMA/RACQ etc will not recover your vehicle from remote tracks. Only Club 4X4 Insurance will cover your vehicle recovery costs in remote situations. There is an option with Club 4X4 to get up to $30,000 for remote recoveries. (Our vehicle is insured with Club 4X4 but we are NOT sponsored by them).
β€’ Travel Insurance - as with any holiday, you should get travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances (such as having to pull out of the tour early).

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Desert driving fuel consumption is as follows (NB. indicative only):
- Diesel utes eg. D-Max, Hilux, Ranger, BT-50 use 14 - 18L/100km,
- Landrover Discovery 4 uses about 18L diesel/100km
- Diesel V8 200 Series Landcruiser uses 20 - 22L/100km
- Petrol 4.6L Nissan Patrol uses close to 28L/100km 

CAN I HIRE A 4WD VEHICLE FOR THIS TOUR?


Yes, from Darwin (return). Ask us about this if interested. Priced from $450-500/day.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS FLOODING OR ROAD CLOSURES IN AND AROUND THE DESERT AT THE TIME OF OUR TOUR?
We have alternative itineraries in the event of flooding or track closures, so the tour will go ahead. It is not always possible to run tours as planned in the Outback and desert. This is all part of travel in these remote areas.

WHEN CAN I SEE THE FULL ITINERARY?

The full itinerary is provided to you once your deposit has been paid. 

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