For 2025 dates, see below.
This year the desert and surrounds will be looking amazing with an abundance of wildflowers and bird life. Due to all the water in Western Queensland, we may have to vary the itinerary, but rest assured that this tour will still be an amazing desert experience.
Immerse yourself in the remoteness of the region while avoiding the busy times surrounding the Finke Desert Race and Birdsville Bash. We focus on the lesser-travelled tracks in the South and the remote Madigan Line in the North during the return leg.
Your tour leader Tony is a full-time professional guide, certified by Savannah Guides, EcoGuides Australia and Tour Guides Australia, and he holds a Nationally Recognized Cert IV qualification in 4WD Training and Assessment. All this and he has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management, meaning there's a lot to learn while you're in the desert!
If you don't have your own 4WD vehicle, you can hire one with all the necessary gear. See below for vehicle hire details.
Take the hassle and uncertainty out of organising a trip like this on your own and trust us to provide you with the best possible experience. Our business is the only tag along tour operator in Australia to be approved under the Savannah Guides Enterprise accreditation scheme.
Check out the Simpson Desert FAQs below for more information on what's included in the tour.
Duration: 15 Nights
Start/End: Windorah to Birdsville
Cost: $5912 per vehicle including 1 or 2 people. $600 each additional passenger. 10% Discount for returning customers
• 2 Aug - 16 Aug and • 20 Aug - 3 Sept (add the Birdsville Races 6-7 Sept)
From $6207 per vehicle incl. 2 people
Contact us for more information or to book your adventure.
"𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒, 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑇𝑜𝑛𝑦'𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑓𝑒'𝑠 𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒! 𝑇ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑠ℎ 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝, 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑝-𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔... 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝑇𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓, 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝐷𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑓𝑢𝑛!!" - Bʀᴜᴄᴇ (& Dᴇʙ), Sɪᴍᴘsᴏɴ Tᴏᴜʀ 2022.
Hire an adventure ready 4WD Camper from our trusted supplier, Overlander 4WD Hire, and receive our exclusive *10% discount off the hire price. Click here for more information about the 4WD Camper.
*Discount is on hires of 14 days duration or longer. Applies to Toyota vehicles for Simpson Desert, Cape York, Kimberley and Arnhem Land Tours only. Check vehicle specifications against our requirements.
"Since 1988, Diamantina has been at the forefront of award-winning remote expeditions in the heart of Outback Australia. We're not just a tour company; we're a passionate family business deeply devoted to nature and the rugged beauty of the Outback. Our hand curated journeys are made even more exceptional with our meticulously equipped forward-seating Toyota Land Cruisers."
WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY CARAVAN OR CAMPER TRAILER?
• You can store your van or camper trailer at Windorah or Birdsville and collect it at the end of the tour. You can organise this directly with the pub at Windorah or the Caravan Park in Birdsville. The cost is about $200.
• First night's accommodation in a cabin or motel room & dinner in Windorah's Western Star Hotel
• Last night's accommodation + dinner, bed & breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel
• 3 Dinners out - Windorah, Mt Dare Hotel, Birdsville Hotel
• StarLink Wifi - internet when we're camped remotely
• All camping fees (eg. Caravan Parks and National Parks)
• Madigan Line access fees (newly instated by the CLC)
• 2 nights camping at Mt Dare half way through the tour.
• QAA Line, Poeppels Corner, French Line, WAA Line, Rig Road, Dalhousie Springs, Old Andado, Madigan Line, Adria Downs Station, Big Red.
• Pre-tour help and advice on vehicle and gear setup.
• All the arrangements and bookings for the tour (just get yourself, your gear and vehicle to Windorah).
• Full-time, professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current remote area first aid certificate.
• "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.
• 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.
• Aboriginal Land Permits; National Park entry fees; Private property access arrangements.
• Tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios.
• Night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
• 4WD Vehicle, fuel, food (other than stated above), camping gear, insurance (vehicle and personal).
• Optional accommodation upgrades and scenic flights (recommended from Birdsville).
WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS?
• This tour is not suitable for off-road camper trailers.
• A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range.
• Upgraded, heavy duty suspension - even on a new vehicle.
• One spare front and and one spare rear shock as appropriate for your vehicle.
• Six Light Truck construction (LT) tyres with over 70% tread remaining.
• Fuel range of 800 km.
• 50 - 80L water storage.
• 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, 1 metre in length, with large 30mm base - not the slim springy ones. These will break on the corrugations.
• Good quality sand flag with lynch pin base. Not a hose fitting type, and not the spring base type. Bushranger flag from ARB recommended.
• Tyre deflator and tyre pressure gauge.
• Tyre pressure monitors - TPMS.
• Good quality air compressor.
• Some spares are required to be carried (filters, belt etc). A full list is provided on booking.
• A Mechanical Checklist is to be completed by a qualified mechanic and returned at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour.
• An Medical Form is to be completed by each person in your vehicle and submitted at least 2 weeks before departure.
• 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.
• 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).
• Travel Insurance - as with any holiday, you should get travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.
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
WHERE CAN I GET SUPPLIES AND FUEL?
Birdsville and Mt Dare are our fuel locations for the tour. All care will be taken to check in advance whether fuel is available where we are going. Water and food is also available in these locations but fresh food is not always available and variety is limited.
CAN I HIRE A 4WD VEHICLE & CAMPING GEAR?
You sure can. Talk to us about hiring a vehicle and all the gear, and the 10% discount on vehicle hire.
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. Please see the "loose itinerary" below for an outline.
The following is a general outline. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on track conditions, weather, vehicle issues, border restrictions etc. We have also factored in some spare days that can be used if necessary for contingencies.
DOUBLE CROSSING TREK
We begin at the edge of the sealed roads in the great little Outback town of Windorah with an included cabin for the night, pub dinner and team meeting. We then make our way to Birdsville on the last 100kms of sealed roads, then the first 270kms of dirt road, with time that night to have a cool drink at the iconic Birdsville Hotel and camp at the caravan park.
We then drive into the Simpson Desert, starting with a "Sand Driving Masterclass", before tackling the dunes of the QAA Line which lead us to the Tri-State border at Poeppel Corner. We then spend a brief time on the French Line before dropping South to get away from the more well-used tracks.
We head across the Rig Road which is still clay-capped in many places from the old days of oil exploration. After our run along the Rig Road we visit the Lone Gum, then hit the amazing WAA Line with its steep and closely-packed dunes and twisy-turny tracks.
We spend a total of 4 nights camped in truly remote desert, plus another night at the refreshing Dalhousie Springs. After an easy day, we spend two nights at Mt Dare Hotel, where we have a fantastic dinner cooked for us and we can restock food, fuel and supplies and prepare for another another 6 nights in the desert, including 5 nights on the remote Northern route, the Madigan Line.
The Madigan Line follows the historical exploratory trek of Cecil Madigan with his team of 9 men and 19 camels in 1939. This is an amazing journey through the most remote parts of the Simpson Desert. The track is rough and rugged but the scenery is spectacular.
The Madigan Line takes us East, crossing the Hay River Track briefly before intercepting Eyre Creek where it enters the Simpson Desert near Madigan's 20th Camp on Adria Downs Station. From here we head South with the kind permission of Adria Downs Station, following Eyre Creek. We hear the tragic story of the children from the now derelict Old Annandale Station, before joining the QAA Line and finding a camp site for the night.
The next day we make the last 10km push to Big Red. After conquering about 2000 dunes already, you will be ready to take on the largest dune of them all. It's a fantastic way to finish this unique Double Crossing experience. We then head out to Birdsville for our final night together where we have a cabin for the night and dinner at the Hotel - and have a good "knees-up" while reliving our experiences of the last 15 days!
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