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Exploring the endless horizon of the Simpson Desert: A guided 4x4 tour with Dingo Trax

Sunrise over the Simpson Desert on a Dingo Trax guided 4x4 tour

Have you ever felt the magic of a sunrise or sunset in the middle of nowhere?


Where you’re blessed with uninterrupted, panoramic views, as far as the eye can see. No buildings or power lines spoiling the outlook. It's a moment of pure connection with nature, where the beauty of the untouched Aussie outback unfolds before you in all its glory and grandeur.


The kaleidoscope of colours at dawn and dusk are unforgettable too. Especially against the backdrop of the bright red desert earth. It will blow you away so much, you’ll want to take a million photos in the moment and start taking up painting lessons when you get back home!


And the best part - you get to experience this 20+ times when you tag along for one of our Simpson Desert tours!


Tag along 4x4 tours are our specialty, where each kilometre brings you closer to the soul-stirring essence of the Australian desert.


We’ve got two amazing desert tours on offer. Both tours are perfect for experienced four wheel drivers, complete novices - and everything in between. 


Two men enjoying a morning coffee in the Simpson Desert on a Dingo Trax guided 4x4 tour

Experience harmony on the Hay


The Hay River tour is 10-12 days with a medium rating (including some difficult sections). 


We leave from Marree in South Australia and head up past Lake Eyre South and Kati Thanda National Park, before stopping by William

Creek near Anna Creek Station, the largest

cattle station in the world at just over 6 million acres.


We travel up the Oodnadatta Track past Dalhousie Springs where we can swim in the thermal water, and then go on to Mount Dare and further to where we enjoy a stop-over at Molly Clark's Old Andado Homestead.


We visit Mac Clark’s Conservation Reserve and explore the Acacia Peuce trees, commonly known as the Waddywood tree which was used to make the waddy waddy for Aboriginal hunting, and which are found only in two other places in the world.


Next, we head up Binn’s Track to Alice Springs and East along the Plenty Highway to the start of the Hay River Track where we’ll spend several nights camping on this remote track. Expect to see camels, wildflowers, and majestic river gums galore.


In the past this part of the Northern Simpson was closed to the public. The aboriginal custodians now welcome us to their land, and we might even learn how to find bush tucker!


Finally, we head to Poeppel Corner where the borders of Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory meet. Across the QAA Line heading east, we’ll stop by the iconic Big Red - the biggest parallel dune desert in the world - which takes in spectacular views over the mighty Simpson Desert, before arriving in Birdsville to enjoy a beer at the famous Birdsville Pub.


After these wonderful adventures we head South down the Birdsville Track past Mungerannie and back to Marree.



Campers enjoy sunset on the Simpson Desert during a Dingo Trax guided 4x4 tour

The majestic Madigan Line


The Madigan Line tour also departs from Maree, lasting 10-12 days with a medium rating (including some difficult sections). 


You’ll get to experience the same Oodnadatta Track highlights as our Hay River tour including Lake Eyre, Anna Station, Mount Dare, Molly Clark's Old Andado Homestead, Mac Clark’s Conservation Reserve and Dalhousie Springs.


Then it's off east along the famous Madigan Line, made famous by Cecil Madigan who led the first scientific-based expedition across the Simpson Desert back in 1939. We'll stay in some of his old camps along the way and hear all about his incredible explorations with nine men and 19 camels!

 Next up, we head off to the iconic town of Birdsville - one of Australia’s most recognised outback towns - situated on the Hay River Track, for a well-earned beer at one of the best-known pubs in the world.Finally, after a drive down the legendary Birdsville Track back to Marree we see the end of our adventure.


Amongst all of that, there will be plenty of time to experience a range of different 4WD terrains using your own four wheel drive. We’ll be there to guide you safely along any tricky bits and get you comfortable in tackling steep sand dunes, and the like. 


And don’t forget the morning cuppa by the campfire watching the sun come up over the horizon, then ending the day the same magical way. This time with a cold one in hand, of course, and lots of banter about the day’s action-packed adventure.


We’ll be hitting the tracks this April, June, August and October for both desert tours, so get in quick to secure your spot on a Simpson Desert guided 4x4 tour.


If an outback sunrise or sunset isn’t on your bucket list, it should be!

A camper and four wheel drive enthusiast sets up camp in the Simpson Desert during a Dingo Trax Tag Along 4x4 Tour

 

All the details...


HAY RIVER TOUR





Cost: $3500*


Duration: 10-12 days


Rating: Medium, with some difficult sections.


2024 Tour Dates: 

15 - 26 April 2024

17 - 28 June 2024

18 - 29 Aug 2024

15 - 26 Oct 2024


* 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.


 

MADIGAN LINE TOUR





Cost: $3500*


Duration: 10-12 days


Rating: Medium, with some difficult sections.


2024 Tour Dates: 

1 - 12 April 2024

3 - 14 June 2024

4 - 15 Aug 2024

1 - 12 Oct 2024


* 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.



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