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4WD Trip across the Simpson Desert  - July 2000

The trip of a lifetime! We joined the Great Divide  "tag-a-long" trip at Broken Hill on July 3 2000 and reached Alice Springs on July 16 1999 after a memorable 14 days  in our 4WD Toyota Landcruiser. 

The Simpson desert crossing was exciting, driving over 1000+ of red sand dunes, all of which run North-West/South-East, and some of which have nasty surprises at the top - great to have a vehicle in front with a CB radio warning of impending trouble spots! The desert scenery was spectacular, vegetation blooming after a very, VERY wet summer, and according to the locals the wildflowers have NEVER looked better! There are many salt pans through the desert too, and a few still had water in them.

Have a look at the Maps, or browse through the thumbnail photos in the Central Australia  Gallery, or read the story and view the pictures!

From Alice Springs we joined up with Joy and Bob, fellow tag-a-longers from ACT, and spent a few days enjoying the sunrises, sunsets, and walks at Uluru and the Olgas before travelling down the historic Oodnadatta track from Marla to Maree. At William Creek  we booked a flight over Lake Eyre, before continuing on into Maree.

We parted company with Bob and Joy at Maree and headed up the Birdsville track (NO, not an "outback experience" - fast well kept 4 lane dirt) back to Birdsville again (4503 kms round trip Birdsville to Birdsville), and thence through Charleville, Mitchell, Roma and home to Brisbane, total distance 9000+ kms.

A great trip!!

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