4WD Trip across the Simpson Desert - July 2000The 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.
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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