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Aug 07 2017

The twist in the tale – or should that be tail?

Remember that ‘clunk’ I heard on the top of a sand dune back in the Simpson? Well, I know what it was. I also learned (again – maybe I don’t learn), not to take anything for granted. Something about counting chickens?

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Aug 02 2017

Australia’s best outback experience – and best kept secret

What do you do when you’ve just spent 6 days in the Simpson Desert on your own, and driven over every one of those 600 million sand dunes by yourself? If you’re in Birdsville you go straight to the pub of course. For a celebratory glass of bubbly. A shower can wait for another hour …

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Jul 27 2017

Simpson Desert, part 6

Day 6. 473k into the desert Wanting to savour the morning I woke early and sat up in the swag, watching the sky lightening and listening to the birds greeting the day. The number and variety of birds out here is amazing. And gorgeous song birds. The mornings really are the best time of day …

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Jul 26 2017

Simpson Desert, part 5

Day 5. 337k into the desert I’ve probably only got a couple more days in the desert so decided to make the most of this one and took my time this morning. I still got up just before sunrise, but I took more time to pack up and enjoy my morning coffee. And I went …

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Jul 25 2017

The Simpson Desert, part 4

Day 4.  286k into the desert No near roll overs, no having to dig myself out of a hole today. All in all, a good day. The problem with getting on the road early is that I’m heading east – straight into the rising sun. While the sand is harder, it’s more difficult to see …

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Jul 24 2017

The Simpson Desert Part 3

Day 3.  215k into the Simpson Desert My how things change, and in a short space of time. From being cruisy and not in a hurry to get anywhere, I was up before dawn this morning, and straight into packing up. I wanted to get onto the dunes while they were still cool, because that’s …

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Jul 23 2017

Travelling the Simpson Desert. Part 2

Day 2. 155k into the Simpson Desert. Not being in any hurry, I lay in my swag and watched the sunrise. If only somebody was here to make me coffee! That’s the trouble with travelling on your own, you have to do everything yourself. Eventually I had to get up and make my own coffee, …

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Jul 22 2017

What is it really like to drive across the Simpson Desert (part 1)

Day 1. 89k into the Simpson Desert I don’t like to admit it at the beginning of a trip, but I was a bit worried. I decided to come into Dalhousie from Oodnadatta rather than go through to Mount Dare. That meant an additional 130k worth of fuel usage before I started in the desert. …

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Jul 21 2017

Dalhousie Springs, an oasis in the desert

Right on the western edge of the Simpson Desert Dalhousie Springs is either the first or the last point in a Simpson Crossing. And it  was where I was heading from Adelaide to start my desert adventure properly. Straight up the Ooodnadatta Track, past Lake Eyre, and on to the desert. Because of my enforced …

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