Desert & Outback Tag Along
Why do the
west east, east west, Simpson Desert crossing as everyone else
something different, something much better with us as we head down
Hay River Track in the North Simpson Desert. No prior 4wd
driving experience needed,
This trip does about two hundred kilometers of the normal
Simpson Desert crossing anyway, so you will be able to tick that
box as well, plus the other
part of our trip is north south through the remote North Simpson
as well as to, and through, several outback towns and places along
way as we travel through four states.
north south route through the North Simpson desert is extremely
picturesque as we folow the old Hay River, with ever changing
vegetation and scenery and, the best part, there are less tourists
their vehicles, in fact we may not see another vehicle for some
unlike the normal crossing that can become very busy vehicle wise.
Your tour leader, John Cantrell, is one of NSW leading, nationally
accredited, 4wd driver trainers with decades of 4wd driving
experience in both Australia and overseas, some of which has
been in very remote
areas, and will be happy to help you along the way if needed, he
led many trips through this region in the past, in fact more than
most, knows the area very well and
what to expect along the way.
This is an amazing trip and it is your chance to experience one of
Australia's lesser known and travelled regions, the Hay River and
North Simpson Desert, which is a relatively new 4wd destination.
Interestingly enough it is possible to do the run through parts of
Simpson and the North Simpson Deserts following the Hay River
climbing many sand dunes at all, and those that you do climb are
easy by traveling from the south to the north.
Most seem to do it this way, running from the south up to Batton
Camp, but we believe you are not doing yourself justice in doing
you will miss out on so much of the desert experience.
The dunes are a very big part of the fun in doing a desert
the Simpson and North Simpson Deserts can never be complete
Relatively few have traveled this route in the past and most will
have the opportunity to see this part of Australia in it's current
Along the way our route takes us through several iconic
outback towns in South Australia, the Northern Territory,
and New South Wales and through various deserts including the
Simpson, Simpson, Sturt, Strzelecki and along the outskirts of the
This 12 day trip takes us to one of the more remote and lesser
travelled destinations in Australia, in some places there may not
be a visable track if there has been a heavy wind.
The trip starts at Marree in Outback South Australia and ends up
White Cliffs in Outback New South Wales. Our travels will include
visits to iconic towns and places including Oodnadatta, Dalhousie,
Dare, Old Andado, Alice Springs, Batton Hill, Birdsville,
Innamincka, Milparinka and Cameron Corner.
Other attractions include Lake Eyre South, Cooper Creek, Burke and
Wills Grave, The Dig Tree, Eyre Creek, Big Red and more. We may
even get to see the outstanding
On leaving Alice Springs on our final leg before our desert
head north along the Stuart Highway before possibly changing
course towards the
western end of the East McDonnell Ranges. It is a personal
opinion but some rate the East McDonnell Ranges as better than its
western counterpart, the West McDonnell Ranges, a little less
visited perhaps, dirt tracks instead of tar roads so a little more
rugged maybe, more remote, less commercialised and lots more,
I tend to agree.
The North Simson Desert and Hay River part of
our adventure starts when we turn off the Plenty Highway,
north east of Alice Springs, and travel towards the Batton
Hill Camp. We will set up camp for the night either at Jervois
or at Batton Hill and within the Batton Hill Camp and we may be
take an early evening drive out to the Goyder Pillar to see the
spectacular sunset views that it offers, depending on what time we
Next morning we are up and off on our journey south through the
Simpson Desert whilst we follow the now extinct Hay River.
For the next few days we probably won't see too many other
people, in fact it is not unusual to go the whole way down to the
junction with the QAA Line on the edge of Lake Poeppel without
Our route will take us down through the paralell dunes where,
in some places, the tracks may become barely visible if there has
a high level of wind activity.
Between the Batton Hill Camp and Poeppels corner we pass through
interesting landmarks including the Tropic of Capricorn,
only by GPS and a hand written, weather beaten, sign, a must do
opportunity for most. We will experience some of the country
by Cecil Madigan, a geologist first and explorer
second, who crossed the Simpson Desert from Andado in the west to
Birdsville in the east using camels for transport in 1939 during
first major expedition across the Simpson Desert.
Whilst Madigan's route took him mostly from west to east he did
south for a short while between his Camps 15 and 16. Camp 16 is by
the more interesting of the two and where we will almost certainly
a short break.
The Hay River Track comes to an end when we start heading west and
Shotline for a while. We will probably camp down this way, either
before Shotline or else further south towards the abandonded
Beachcomber Oil Well.
We are now on the K1 Line and a relatively short drive to the
with the QAA Line which is one of the major, and much more
with vehicles, west, east tracks across the Simpson and which will
our route for the next 200 km to Birdsville.
But first we will go a little further south and following the
Lake Poeppel, not that it is likely to have water in it, so that
visit the iconic Poeppel Corner. It is here that South Australia,
Queensland and the Northern Territoy join that travellers seem to
magnetically be attracted to.
So one more night camping in the desert before going through Eyre
and then attempting the final challenge of the Simpson Desert, Big
sand dune. Big Red is famous for being the highest and hardest
dune in the Simpson Desert being approximately 60 metres high. It
is also the most
easterley before Birdsville.
Like Poeppel Corner, Big Red seems to magnetically attract 4wd
adventurers, even if they haven't been across the desert. I guess
many it is so that they can claim bragging rights to having
conquered this iconic legend.
Track conditions in this part of the world can change very
particularly with adverse weather changes and rain, so our route
Birdsville to White Cliffs will be determined by what the
weather has been doing.
Exiting Birdsville via the Old, or Inside, Birdsville Track and
for Walkers Crossing will be our preferred route, if passable. We
to spend the next night or two at Innamincka, where you will
have a day free to visit whichever or the many attractions are in
area including the Cooper Creek, The Dig Tree, Burke and Wills
graves, Coongie Lakes and more.
Cameron Corner, the meeting point of New South Wales, South
and Queensland, is our next destination. We will spend our last
camping around here but maybe not at the store itself. Next
day visits to Tibooburra, Milparinka and, our final destination,
If you would like to do this trip please book early, there is a
to the number of vehicles we can take on each trip and once fully
booked we cannot add any more and, because this trip offers
such good value, it does book up fairly quickly.
This is a self catered camping trip on which camper trailers and
caravans will not be accepted. The trip will be led by the owner
this business who has an interest in you getting the very best
out of your trip.
Perhaps you should have a read of our testimonials page to see
many have said about this trip, it is a great trip and you won't
Australian 4x4 Travel will supply a support vehicle fully equipped
recovery equipment, long range communications, GPS tracking
and Emergency Locator Beacon.
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