Simpson Desert 2016

Departing from Brisbane this proposed trip takes in some of outback Australia’s most iconic tracks and locations.

The plan is to travel for 4 weeks in winter 2016.

While the itinerary isn’t yet finalised, below is a rough idea of where and what the trip will take in, departing from Brisbane.

  • Goondiwindi – Gunsynd the “Goondiwindi Grey” Statue & Museum
  • Cunnamulla
  • Eulo – Palm Grove Date Farm, Winery & Artesian Mud Baths !!
  • Noccundra – Historic Pub
  • Innamincka – Visit the Dig Tree
  • Cameron Corner – the intersection of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Tri State Golf Anyone? Play 3 holes in 3 states and discover the history of world’s longest fence which stretches over 5500 km’s – The Wild Dog Barrier Fence.
  • Strzelecki Track – outback track made famous by a cattle thief who took cattle this way from Queensland to South Australia. The jury at his trial was so impressed by the feat that he was let off.
  • Arkaroola – this outback oasis was created by Reg and Griselda Sprigg, the first people to cross the Simpson Desert by motor vehicle. Their children, who crossed the desert with them, now run the park. I can recommend Griselda’s book “Dune is a four Letter Word” – Check out this YouTube Video on Arkaroola:
  • Leigh Creek – This is the last town that will have a decent level of supplies until we reach Birdsville
  • Farina – Farina is Italian for Flour, this abandoned village was home to Italian Wheat farmers in years gone by.
  • Maree – Stay at the historic outback pub. Enjoy the freshly made bakery snacks
  • Oodnadatta Track – another famous outback track
  • Coward Springs
  • William Creek
  • Lake Eyre – opportunity for a scenic flight
  • Oodnadatta
  • Mt Dare – last bastion of civilisation before heading off into the desert. Fuel up and pre-desert checks are the order of the day. Next town is Birdsville.
  • Poeppel Corner – the intersection of Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Big Red – largest sand dune in the Simpson crossing, also the last sand dune before reaching Birdsville
  • Birdsville – famous for its bakery and pub. Camel pie anyone?
  • Windorah
  • Charleville
  • Roma

An interactive map of the trip might look as follows. Again, the itinerary is far from finalised. The trip would be navigated in a clockwise direction, so as to cross the Simpson Desert from West to East.Fuel locations are identified as are likely camping/overnight locations.  Zoom in for a clearer look or click the four arrows icon in the bottom left of the map to go full screen.

Check out the Detailed Itinerary link at the top for detailed information on each stop.