[*Tour dependant on Covid restrictions and on the Madigan Line being open by the Central Land Council - deposits refunded or carried over for 12 months if unable to travel. We will still do a Double Desert crossing but use other tracks if the Madigan is closed.]
Join us on this un-hurried 16 day tour exploring the Simpson Desert and surrounds with an experienced guide and a group of like-minded travellers.
This tour has been designed to immerse you in the remoteness of the Outback and Desert. Starting and ending within two day's drive of Birdsville (on a sealed road), we tackle the lesser travelled tracks of the Simpson Desert. When we're not in the desert, we will be driving in very remote country and visiting some iconic Outback towns.
Why only spend 4 days doing a Simpson crossing (the normal route) when you can cross it a second time on the same trip? The lesser used Rig Roads, WAA Line and remote Northern route, the Madigan Line, will have you spending a total of 10 days in the heart of the desert.
Enjoy the rhythm of desert travel, the setup and breakdown of camp, the ever-changing scenery, the wildlife, the campfires and camaraderie of fellow travellers and the endless stars.
We've taken away the hassle and uncertainty of organising a trip like this and the risk of doing it alone.
Find out what's included below.
Duration: 16 Days (includes a spare day for contingencies)
Start/End: Cunnamulla/Windorah (or vise versa)
Cost: $2990 per couple 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.
Full-time, 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); camping fees (eg. caravan parks and National Parks); 2 dinners (Birdsville Hotel and Mt Dare Hotel); Aboriginal Land Permits; 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 REQUIREMENTS?
This tour is NOT suitable for off-road camper trailers. A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range (with some exceptions) and upgraded suspension and a fuel range of 900 km is required for this tour. All terrain LT tyres (light truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min). You don't need a winch or lockers for this trip, but you will need a good quality sand flag. The guide vehicle is carrying all recovery gear. Some basic recovery gear is advised to be carried however - 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 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 900 km for the longest stretch with no fuel stops. All care will be taken to check in advance whether fuel is available where we are going. We fill up in Innamincka, Mt Dare and Birdsville along the way. Some food is also available in these locations 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 booking. The following is a general outline. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on track conditions, weather, vehicle issues etc. We have several alternative campsites recorded from previous trips in case of a hold up. We have also factored in some spare days that can be used if necessary for contingencies.
START/END Cunnamulla - Noccundra - The Dig Tree - Innamincka - Walkers Crossing - Birdsville Track - Warburton Track - Rig Road - WAA Line - Dalhousie Springs - Mt Dare - Madigan Line - Hay River - Eyre Creek - QAA Line - Big Red - Birdsville - Windorah END/START
Tony is a full-time tour guide and Cert IV qualified trainer and assessor in four wheel driving. He has led remote tours all over Australia and in New Zealand including the South Island High Country, the Kimberleys, Flinders Ranges, Central Aust, 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. He has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management.
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