Join us on either a 10 or 18 day tour exploring the Simpson Desert and surrounds.
These tours have been designed to immerse you in the remoteness of the Outback and Desert. Starting and ending within striking distance of the desert, we tackle the lesser travelled tracks of the Simpson Desert. When we're not in the desert, we will be driving in remote country and visiting some iconic Outback locations and towns.
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 & Cost: 10 Days Windorah to Alice Springs $3290 per couple
18 Days Windorah to Birdsville $4250 per couple $400
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 & satellite texting);
• Cabin accommodation in Windorah and Alice Springs
• Camping fees (eg. caravan parks and National Parks);
• 3 or 4 dinners out depending on trip duration (Birdsville Hotel, Mt Dare and Alice Springs);
• 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 800 km is required for this tour.
• Second spare - 6 All terrain tread pattern LT tyres (light truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min).
• Good quality sand flag (recommended Bushranger from ARB store)
• Good quality compressor
• 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 800 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. 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, border restrictions etc. We have also factored in some spare days that can be used if necessary for contingencies.
On the Single Crossing, we drive the lesser used Warburton Crossing, Rig Road and WAA Line in the South, spending 5 nights camped in the desert plus a night each at Dalhousie Springs and Mt Dare Hotel. We also visit the Geographical Centre of Australia and the spectacular rock formations of the Chambers Pillar area. Following the route of the Finke Desert Race and the Old Ghan Heritage Trail we emerge from the desert at Alice Springs. The final night of the Single Crossing in Alice is included with cabin accommodation and a dinner out.
We do all of the itinerary as for the Single Crossing above, plus another 4 nights in the desert on the remote Northern route, the Madigan Line. From Alice Springs, we trace the Binns Track South to Mt Dare (to refuel), then head Northwest to take on the rugged and remote Madigan Line. This follows the historical exploratory trek of Cecil Madigan with his team of 9 men and 19 camels. The Madigan takes us back onto the QAA Line, Big Red and out to Birdsville.
The Double Crossing Trek is quite full-on and is better suited to people who have some experience, especially with camping.
Tony is a full-time 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 Aust, Simpson Desert, 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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