|Simpson Desert Crossing
A real Outback adventure, expect the unexpected.
12 days/11 nights
•Cross thousands of striking red sand dunes
•Having a beer or two in the famous Birdsville hotel
•Unique and absolutely remote countryside
•One of the most arduous outback routes you every experience
•Enjoying a swim in the glorious hot springs of Dalhousie
•Attempt of crossing the biggest sand dune “Big Red”
•One of the most challenging desert crossings in Australia
Day 1: After an early morning start leaving Adelaide we travel through the Clare Valley on route to the Southern Flinders Ranges. Here we stop for lunch in one of the many small towns at the start of the oldest mountain range in the world. Still following these wondrous peaks we settle in our accommodation for the night where we enjoy a delightful home cooked dinner.
Day 2-3: We exit the Flinders today and travel northwards to Marree then onto Oodnadatta via Lake Eyre, the largest salt lake in Australia.
Day 4: Today we reach the outskirts of the Simpson Desert at Dalhousie Springs where we camp the night. This beautiful hot water springs area is perfect to relax before the trip across the desert.
Day 5: Now the adventure really begins when we head off into the desert to our first stop at Purnie Bore and further along the French Line (alternative route depending on track conditions) over a thousand striking red sand hills. Be aware that the Simpson Desert tracks have no road maintenance whatsoever. The track conditions change due to the occasional rain and wind causing movement of sand making it one of the most challenging trips in Outback Australia. We will camp amongst the beautiful red dunes and indulge in camp oven cooking and breathtaking scenery.
Day 6 &7: We then head on towards Poeppels Corner where 3 states meet in the Simpson Desert. Near the end of the desert we stop at BIG RED (the largest dune in the desert) and attempt a crossing or two. Then we are off to the famous Outback icon, the Birdsville Hotel, for a well-earned beer or wine.
Here is our home for 2 nights to take in this outback oasis on the Diamantine River.
Day 8: Now it is time to turn south along one of Australia’s most important stock routes the Birdsville track. There are few surprises along the way that cannot be missed. At camp tonight is a hot bore near a remote cattle station. You have the chance for an unforgettable bush spa.
Day 9-10: From our campsite we travel on to the isolated township of Marree, which was once a busy trade and railway site. We then stop for the night at the magic Iga Warta aboriginal village in the Flinders Ranges. Here we get a glimpse of the ancient way of life and enjoy some traditional bush tucker and a few drinks around the campfire.
Day 11-12: After leaving our friends at Iga Warta we travel south through the stunning gorges, rough mountain ranges and ancient rock formations of the Flinders Ranges to the beautiful Wilpena Pound. We have plenty of time to relax here and reflect upon our journey. Depending on the season we might get a chance to climb the highest mountain in the Flinders, St. Mary’s peak, before heading back to Adelaide.
This adventure is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of Australia’s most isolated, remote but absolutely mind dazzling countryside. We are excited and blown away every time we travel through that special part of the Outback and we know you will be left breath and speechless by the sights and spirit of your Simpson Desert Adventure.
Included in Price:
•All meals and non alcoholic beverages
•All entrance fees and guides
•8 nights bush camping
•3 nights accommodation
PRICE UPON REQUEST