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Discover the Simpson Desert’s best-kept secrets with our Hay River experience

The only regret you’ll walk away with after a Dingo Trax outback adventure is wishing you’d booked with us sooner!

How many times have you thought about booking that bucket list trip to Australia’s red centre and keep putting it off?

Well this is your sign to finally take that dream 4x4 journey, escape the daily grind and experience what this amazing country has to offer.

And our next Simpson Desert Hay River tour setting off in August is the perfect chance to get out in the great outdoors and put you and that 4x4 of yours to the test.

Imagine embarking on a journey through the vastness and wonder of the Simpson Desert, where every turn reveals a new chapter in Australia's Outback tale. This four-wheel drive tag-along tour isn’t just a trip—it’s an immersive experience into one of the world’s most unique landscapes, spanning over 176,000 square kilometers across three Australian states.


Setting Off from Marree: Lake Eyre South and Anna Creek Station

Our adventure kicks off in Marree, a historic outpost that feels like a gateway to the wilderness. We’ll venture towards Lake Eyre South – Kati Thanda National Park, known for its ethereal salt flats that shimmer under the Outback sun. Passing through this park is like stepping onto another planet, where the horizon seems to stretch on forever.

Continuing north, we encounter Anna Creek Station, a sprawling cattle station that holds the impressive title of being the largest in the world, covering an astounding 6 million acres. Here, the scale of Outback life becomes tangible as we glimpse the daily rhythms of pastoralism against a backdrop of endless red dirt.

Exploring the Oodnadatta Track and Dalhousie Springs

Our journey picks up pace as we navigate the historic Oodnadatta Track, a route steeped in the stories of pioneering adventurers and Aboriginal culture. Along the way, we pause at Dalhousie Springs, a natural oasis where thermal waters bubble up from deep within the earth. It’s a chance to soak in warm pools amidst the stark desert surroundings—a rejuvenating break that contrasts beautifully with the rugged terrain.

Mount Dare and the Charm of Old Andado Homestead

Continuing our trek, we reach Mount Dare, a remote outpost that feels like a beacon of civilisation amidst the vastness. From here, we head towards Molly Clark's Old Andado Homestead, a preserved piece of Outback history that offers a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of early settlers. The homestead stands as a testament to resilience, surrounded by sweeping landscapes that seem frozen in time.

Mac Clark’s Conservation Reserve and the Waddywood Trees

As we press on, Mac Clark’s Conservation Reserve beckons with its unique flora, including the Acacia Peuce trees, locally known as Waddywood. These ancient trees have cultural significance, having been used by Aboriginal communities for crafting tools essential for survival in the harsh environment. It’s a reminder of the deep connection between the land and its people—a theme that echoes throughout our journey.

Journeying Along Binn’s Track and East on the Plenty Highway

Our path leads us along Binn’s Track towards Alice Springs, a bustling hub in the heart of the Red Centre. The journey along the Plenty Highway offers a chance to witness the changing landscape—from rugged desert plains to the iconic river gums that line our route. Each turn presents a new vista, a new opportunity to appreciate the raw beauty of Australia’s interior.

Immersing in the Hay River Track: Wildlife and Aboriginal Culture

Turning east onto the Hay River Track, we enter a realm where nature reigns supreme. This remote stretch promises encounters with native wildlife, vibrant wildflowers, and the ancient river gums that stand sentinel along the riverbanks. Once off-limits, this area now welcomes travelers, offering insights into Aboriginal culture and the art of finding bush tucker—a rare privilege that adds depth to our adventure.

Poeppel Corner and the Spectacle of Big Red

Our journey reaches its pinnacle at Poeppel Corner, a historic marker where three Australian states converge. Here, we stand in awe before the vast dunes of the Simpson Desert, with Big Red—a towering sand dune—offering panoramic views that stretch to the horizon. It’s a moment to savor, a chance to reflect on the sheer magnitude and beauty of this remote wilderness.

Embracing Birdsville’s Hospitality and the Birdsville Track

Our final leg takes us towards Birdsville, an Outback town known for its warm hospitality and the iconic Birdsville Pub—a legendary outpost where travellers gather to share stories over a cold beer. The Birdsville Track leads us southward, tracing a path through the desert back towards Marree. Along the way, we pass Mungerannie, a remote stopover that marks our transition from desert solitude back to civilisation.


A Dingo Trax Tagalong Tour through the Simpson Desert isn’t just a trip—it’s a transformative adventure that leaves an indelible mark on all who embark on it. From the rugged beauty of its landscapes to the warmth of outback hospitality, every moment offers a chance to connect with the essence of Australia’s wild heart.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or someone seeking a new frontier, embrace the challenge, soak in the solitude, and discover the timeless allure of the Simpson Desert on your next great outback journey.


North Simpson Desert - Hay River

Cost: $3500

Prices for outback tours include one vehicle carrying 2 adults and children under 12 years of age. Additional passengers outside of the 2 adults and children under 12 years vehicle configuration are $500 per person.

Duration: 10 - 12 days

Rating: Medium, with some difficult sections

2024 Tour Dates: 

18 - 29 Aug 2024

15 - 26 Oct 2024

2025 Tour Dates: 

16 - 27 April 2025

17 - 28 June 2025

19 - 31 Aug 2025

16 - 27 Oct 2025


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