Welcome to the Simpson Desert 4X4 Tagalong Tour itinerary page, our tours start on specific dates and these may be seen below.
Simpson Desert 4X4 Tagalong Tours
Day 1: Meet and greet and vehicle induction at Spinnaker Sound Marina, Sandstone Point at 0700hrs.
Today’s drive will start with a meander over the great Dividing Range along the picturesque D’Aguilar Hwy.
We will cross the upper reaches of the Brisbane River and end today's drive on the banks of the Moonie River where you will have your first opportunity to catch a feed of fish or yabbies.
Day 2: Today we drive along the Moonie and Balonne Hwy’s through the townships of St George and Cunnamulla before stopping at an unusual outback spa/retreat for a relaxing evening soak at the Eulo mud baths. http://www.artesianmudbaths.com.au
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 for a refreshing drink at the Noccundra Hotel before making camp at one of Australia’s most famed camp sites, the site of depot (camp 65) established by Burke and Wills on their ill-fated journey from Melbourne to the Gulf of Caprentaria.
Day 4: This morning we break for morning tea at the grave site of Robert O’Hara (Burke), before a stop at Innaminka to re-fuel. If time permits we will also visit the grave of William John Wills (Wills) and the site where John King, the only surviving member of the Burke and Wills expedition party, was found.
Today’s drive takes us across the Strzelecki Desert and along the Birdsville Track to the Mungerannie Hotel. Here we can soak in the thermal spring under the million stars of a clear desert sky.
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 with the aim of reaching the Purni Bore campsite, however 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 pub http://www.mtdare.com.au on the western edge of the Simpson Desert to re-fuel ready for our return journey.
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 https://birdsvillehotel.com.au 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 Betoota. Betoota is recorded as Australia’s smallest town and is now a ghost town as the last resident departed in 2004.
Day 14: Today is one of the longest legs of our trip, however the drive will be worth it as we will be able to relax in the soothing and rejuvenating waters of the Mitchell Hot Springs for the evening.
Day 15: Today we depart Mitchell and head to Spinnaker Sound Marina for the conclusion of the tour.
We will arrive sometime in the late afternoon-early evening.
To celebrate our adventure you are all welcome to join us for dinner at the Seafood Marketplace, Spinnaker Sound Marina. Accommodation in your vehicle can be arranged for the night, please speak with us when booking.
What’s included in your 15-day Simpson Desert Tagalong Tour:
- A fully equipped and capable Land Rover Perentie 4x4 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).
- All National Park entry and camping fees
- Caravan park camping fees
- Camping and bathing session at Eulo Mud Baths
- Entry to Mitchell Thermal Pools
- Evening spotlighting walks
- Guided fishing sessions
- Use of a GoPro Action camera to record your adventure.
- 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 4x4 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)
- 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.