Adelaide to the Alice – Simpson Desert Expedition | September 2022

12 Days
Category:
  • Campfire in the Simpson
  • Driving the red desert
  • Lunch-stop-beside -the-lake
  • A,Large,Flock,Of,Wild,Budgerigar,Parrots,Over,A,Water
  • Emu,In,Oasis,,Brachina,Gorge,Area,,Ikara-flinders’,National,Park,,Sa,
  • Prarie-Hotel-at-sunset
  • Aerial,Of,Tirari,Desert,And,Channel,Country
  • Red dunes of the Flinders
  • Gammon,Ranges,,South,Australia
  • Lyndhurst ochre pits
  • The-Junction-Where-You-Can-Head-towards-Andado

The deserts of the Lake Eyre basin are unlike any other in Australia. The sediments that flow down the great river systems of the Diamantina and Cooper are raised by the wind and dumped into vast longitudinal sand dunes. They hold less vegetation than the Western Deserts, interspersed with its salt lakes, clay pans and spinifex. In places there are gidgee groves in the interdunal corridors, gnarled like ancient olive trees. Amid all this beauty is one of the toughest four-wheel drive challenges on the planet. But this expedition is far more than just the Simpson Desert.

We travel the historic Birdsville Track, rich in Aboriginal and European heritage. We explore lesser-known gorges in the Flinders Ranges, and we trek north from Dalhousie to historic Old Andado Station.

This is a supported camping expedition like no other. You’ll travel in modern Toyota Land Cruisers, you’ll eat good quality food all the way – much of it cooked over an open fire and there’s Coonawarra wine to be enjoyed! Most of your gear is provided, including off-ground beds and swags. Age is no barrier – but you must have an open mind and a sense of adventure.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Trek to Brachina Gorge, tracing its 200 million years of geological history
  2. Camp on private property and view stone carvings and visit Aboriginal art sites
  3. Travel on private station roads into Gammon Ranges National Park
  4. Visit historic Maree, once home to the Afghan cameleers
  5. Hear extraordinary stories of the European/Aboriginal contact at the foothills of the Tirari Desert
  6. Visit the Dingo Caves and Acacia Peuce reserve on the Birdsville Track
  7. Stay at heritage-listed Old Andado Station at Rodinna Range
  8. Take a dip in the warm artesian waters at Dalhousie Springs
  9. OPTIONAL EXTRA – Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs 16-18 September. 3 days of exceptional music-making, choirs and events showcasing the unique cultural diversity and artistic brilliance of our land and its people
DEPARTURE DATE
4 September 2022
DURATION 12 days
TOUR COST $4,980 per person twin share
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Not available
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Experienced guide and driver
This tour starts from Adelaide and ends in Alice Springs

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Tours depart with minimum of 6 clients
  • Flights to Adelaide and returning from Alice Springs not included
  • No more than 12 clients on this trip
  • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $500 and a completed booking form is required

Day 1, Saturday 4th September
Arrive Adelaide

Day 2, Sunday 5th September
Adelaide — Parachilna

Day 3, Monday 6th September
Parachilna — Blinman

Day 4, Tuesday 7th September
Blinman — Gammon Ranges

Day 5, Wednesday 8th September
Gammon Ranges — Etadunna Station

Day 6, Thursday 9th September
Etadunna Station — Clifton Hills Station

Days 7-10, Friday 10th - Monday 13th September
Birdsville — Simpson Desert

Day 11, Tuesday 14th September
Mt Dare Homestead — Rodinna Range

Day 12, Wednesday 15th September
Rodinna Range — Alice Springs

Day 13, Thursday 16th September
Fly home

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Trek to Brachina Gorge, tracing its 200 million years of geological history
  2. Camp on private property and view stone carvings and visit Aboriginal art sites
  3. Travel on private station roads into Gammon Ranges National Park
  4. Visit historic Maree, once home to the Afghan cameleers
  5. Hear extraordinary stories of the European/Aboriginal contact at the foothills of the Tirari Desert
  6. Visit the Dingo Caves and Acacia Peuce reserve on the Birdsville Track
  7. Stay at heritage-listed Old Andado Station at Rodinna Range
  8. Take a dip in the warm artesian waters at Dalhousie Springs

Next Steps

If you would like to speak to us regarding this tour please call (02) 9906-5770
If you would like to email please send to [email protected]
To read the full itinerary - download here
Prior to booking, please read our Terms and Conditions
If you are ready to book, please download our Booking Form