Category: Simpson Desert

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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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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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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Beach driving – more preparation for the Simpson Desert

“Driving on the beach is different to driving in the desert” said Doc “See if you can stay in the other tracks.” Great advice, if I could identify which set of tracks he meant. We were on the beach at Stockton. Around 17km of driving over mainly soft sand, with dunes stretched tantalisingly alongside you …

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Big Red here I come. Driving through the Simpson Desert

I had my first lesson driving on sand today, so now I’m ready to tackle the Simpson Desert! The Simpson was my original choice for this year’s trip, but I decided against it because I didn’t feel confident that I had enough experience diving on sand. But now, after an hour driving around in sand …

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