Simpson Desert Double Crossing. Windorah to Birdsville. 15 Nights

2025 Tour. Bookings now open.
β€’ 2 Aug - 16 Aug

$6207 per vehicle for 1 or 2 people. 25% deposit secures your spot and locks in the price.  No trailers. Max 8 customer vehicles.
 You can stay on for the Birdsville Races at the end of the second tour. Race dates: 6-7 Sept.

Join us for an incredible 15 night Double Crossing Tour of the Simpson Desert in August 2025. 

Starting at Windorah with an included cabin and dinner, then on to Birdsville, we spend 5 nights in the Southern Simpson travelling East - West on the QAA Line, French Line, Rig Road, and WAA Line, have 2 nights relaxing at Mt Dare (1 dinner included), then another 5 nights desert camping across the famous Madigan Line, before taking on the famous dune Big Red, and our final night's included dinner, bed and breakfast at the iconic Birdsville Hotel!

On the final morning of our tour, we will take an amazing scenic flight from Birdsville to see the waterways and desert from a different perspective. A fantastic way to wrap up our trip (included in the tour cost from 2025).

Your expedition leader Tony is a professional tour arranger, 4WD Instructor and tour guide, meaning you will have the best possible (and safest) tour experience. He is 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. He's passionate about showing you all the different aspect of this amazing desert environment.

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 Tony to provide you with an experience to remember. 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: $6207 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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Overlander 4WD Rentals

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. 

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WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY CARAVAN OR  CAMPER TRAILER?

β€’ 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

β€’ First night's accommodation in a cabin or motel room & dinner in Windorah's Western Star Hotel 
β€’ Last night's accommodation + dinner, bed & breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel
β€’ 3 Dinners out - Windorah, Mt Dare Hotel, Birdsville Hotel
β€’ StarLink Wifi - internet when we're camped remotely
β€’ All camping fees (eg. Caravan Parks and National Parks)
β€’ Madigan Line access fees (newly instated by the Central Land Council)
β€’ 2 nights camping at Mt Dare half way through the tour.
β€’ QAA Line, Poeppels Corner, French Line, WAA Line, Rig Road, Dalhousie Springs, Old Andado, Madigan Line, Adria Downs Station, Big Red.
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 Windorah).
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€’ Aboriginal Land Permits; National Park entry fees; Private property access arrangements.
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).
β€’ Optional accommodation upgrades 


WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS?

β€’ This tour is not suitable for off-road camper trailers.
β€’ A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range.
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.
β€’ Six Light Truck construction (LT) tyres with over 70% tread remaining.
β€’ Fuel range of 1000 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, 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 deflator and 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 remote medical evacuation).


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 


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. Priced from $450/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. 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. 

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