Simpson Desert 4X4 Tagalong Tour

Simpson Desert 4X4 Tagalong Tour

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Tagalong Tour Dates

Tour Dates:

2024 (26th March – 11th April) – TWO PLACES REMAINING

Tour departure/arrival location: 1431 Bribie Island Rd, Ningi, QLD. 4511

Simpson Desert 4X4 Tagalong Tours Itinerary

Day 1: We depart our Ningi Office (1431 Bribie Island Road, Ningi) at 0730hrs.

Today’s drive will start with a meander over the great Dividing Range along the picturesque D’Aguilar Hwy. We will have morning tea at Stoney Creek. 

Day 2: Today we drive along the Moonie and Balonne Hwy’s through the townships of St George and Cunnamulla before stopping for camp on the banks of the Paroo River, near Eulo.

Day 3: Today we depart Eulo along the Adventure Way through the famous south west region of Queensland known as ‘Channel Country’.

We pass through Thargomindah and stop at one of Australia’s most famed camp sites (camp 65) established by Burke and Wills on their ill-fated journey from Melbourne to the Gulf of Caprentaria. We end todays drive at Innaminka for a well deserved refreshment at the Innaminka Hotel and camp in the Town Common on the banks of the Cooper Creek.

Day 4: This morning we depart Innaminka after re-fuelling. If time permits we will visit the grave of William John Wills (Wills) before traversing Walkers Crossing Track and the Birdsville Track to the truly outback Mungerannie Hotel.

Day 5: Today we embark on the first leg of our Simpson Desert crossing.

From Mungerannie we head back up the Birdsville Track before turning into the Simpson on the Rig Road. The Rig Rd which has deteriorated considerably since its construction. With its corrugations, wash outs and rutting it is becoming an alternative challenge to the constant dunes of the other desert tracks.

We don’t have an exact destination for tonight’s camp as the conditions will determine our pace. We aim to reach the ‘Lone Gum’ which is, as the name suggests, a Coolabah Tree standing alone in the middle of the shrubby desert landscape.

Day 6: Today we continue along the Rig Rd. Our destination will again be determined by track conditions.

Day 7: Today we set off for Dalhousie Springs, a true outback oasis.

Before making camp we will visit the Dalhousie ruins, which was the homestead of Ned Bagot the first lease owner of Dalhousie Station in 1872.

This afternoon/evening is all about relaxing and enjoying this magical location.

Day 8: Today we only pack up our vehicles and leave our camp behind for the afternoon.

We head for the Mt Dare Hotel on the western edge of the Simpson Desert to re-fuel ready for our return journey. If time permits we will venture a little further west to the Geographical (Lambert’s) Centre of Australia.

Tonight we can enjoy another soak and relax before tackling the second half of our adventure. Over the next few days we will cross 1100 soft and difficult sand dunes on the French and QAA Lines.

Day 9: We depart Dalhousie Springs and start our drive along the French Line.

The French Line is the most demanding track along the Simpson with its constant dunes and very soft sand. Where we camp will again depend on conditions, we expect to travel an average of only 15km per hour for the next couple of days.

Day 10: Today we continue east on the French Line. Tonight’s camp will again be an undetermined location on the track.

Day 11: Today we pass through Poeppel Corner, the corner of NT, SA and QLD borders. We then head north for 18km’s before turning east on the QAA Line.

Day 12: Today we tackle Big Red the largest (40m) sand dune in the Simpson Desert and a must do for desert travellers.

After crossing Big Red it’s an easy drive into Birdsville for some well-earned refreshments at the famous Birdsville Pub and a nice shower at the Birdsville Caravan park.

Day 13: We depart Birdsville today along the Birdsville Development Road.

Before setting up camp on the iconic Cooper Creek, we will stop for a break at the recently re-opened Betoota Hotel. Betoota is recorded as Australia’s smallest town.

Day 14: Tonight’s destination is the Charleville Bush Caravan Park. After dinner we will have a tour of the Charleville Cosmos Centre.

Day 15: Today we head for camp, and our last night, at the Chinchilla Weir. On our way we will stop for a swim in the healing waters of the Mitchell Hot Springs. 

Day 16: Today is the last day of the tour. We will stop for lunch at the Historic Muntapa Tunnel, QLD’s longest straight railway tunnel and the only rail tunnel that crosses from the inland to the coastal side of the Great Divide. We aim to arrive back in Ningi at around 4pm. 


What’s included in your 17-day Simpson Desert Tagalong Tour:

  • A fully equipped and capable Land Rover Perentie 4×4 vehicle including; double bed, 30L 12v Waeco fridge, crockery and cutlery, camp chairs, table, lighting, annex, 240 volt power inverter and recovery gear)
  • Fully catered (breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee).
  • Fuel
  • All National Park entry and camping fees
  • Caravan park camping fees
  • Entry to Mitchell Thermal Pools
  • Evening spotlighting walks
  • Guided fishing 
  • The services of a passionate and enthusiastic tour leader with over a decade of experience as a Parks and Wildlife Ranger working across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
  • Tips and assistance on 4×4 driving, camping, fishing, campfire cooking and much more
  • UHF radio and emergency first aid kits are supplied in all vehicles. A satellite phone and Spot tracker emergency beacons are also carried by our experienced and 1st Aid trained tour leaders
  • Minor mechanical and electrical repairs
  • Bush shower
  • Bush toilet
  • The use of a range of field guides and books on local flora, fauna, culture and history
  • The use of yabbie nets and fishing gear.

What you need to bring:

  • Personal toiletries (please bring environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos)
  • Clothes
  • Snacks and drinks (Alcohol is welcome, however there may be restrictions on what and how much can be taken into Indigenous communities, please discuss with your tour leader)
  • Pillow, sheets/sleeping bag
  • Camera, fishing gear, binoculars, torch/headlamp
  • A sense of adventure

A detailed list of required and recommended personal items will be provided to you in your information pack upon booking.