Hay River Tour

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Birdsville to Alice Springs

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12 Days/Nights

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From $3000 per vehicle

Tour Description

This Journey begins in the iconic outback town of Birdsville, which lies on the eastern side of the majestic Simpson Desert. As we head west across the Simpson Desert, we will experience sand dune driving, including Little Red and Big Red, and the usually dry Eyre Creek, before setting up our first camp under the stars on the QAA Line.

Over the next 3 days we will follow the course of the Hay River and each night we will enjoy communal campfires and clear desert skies. Turning west at the Plenty Highway Junction, we will have the luxury of hot showers at Jervois Station. Travelling towards Alice Springs, we will explore highlights of the East McDonnell Ranges, including Artlunga Historical Reserve and Ruby Gap Nature Reserve. After a rest day in Alice Springs, we have allowed four days to tackle several 4WD tracks in the West Mc Donnell Ranges. These include Owen Springs, Rainbow Valley, Finke Gorge, Palm Valley & Gosse Bluff. The tour will then provide opportunities to take in the usual tourist highlights of Scenic Namatjira Drive on route to Alice Springs.


  1. Amazing Outback Landscapes
  2. Central Australian Historical Sites
  3. Awe-inspiring gorges
  4. Palm Valley
  5. Sunsets at Chambers Pillar & Rainbow Valley

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  • $3000 per vehicle per couple
  • $1,200 per extra person
  • Guide’s passenger (catered) $2,600 (limited availability)
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Tour Dates

  • 23 August to 3 September 2022
  • 11 August to 22 August 2023


12 Days/Nights

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A Fantastic Trip

In 2018, I joined Ken & Ross in a convoy of 7 vehicles to explore the Simpson Desert. It was a fantastic trip, and the landscape was spectacular. We travelled from Birdsville across the Simpson Desert and returned via the lesser-known Madigan Line. I felt totally included in the group and the atmosphere of fun and banter around the campfire each night was memorable. This was a trip I’d been wanting to do for years however I just didn’t have the confidence or the CAN DO attitude to tackle it on my own. Travelling tagalong style, I knew that my safety was never in doubt and that certainly changed my attitude and increased my confidence. The trip was well-organised and informative, and the communication was excellent. When we arrived back in Birdsville to find our original route flooded, the team were quick to plan an alternative so that our adventure could continue. Good onya Ross & Kenny!

Cheers, Paul

Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat

We joined the tag-along tour for a Simpson Desert crossing. At first I thought it was just another added expense, as we usually did our own thing. After a very short time we were bogged in a very difficult situation, which with the combined experience, sharing of equipment, and the company and help of the others in the group, disaster was averted. Puncture repairs and tyre changes are certainly made easier with assistance from your fellow travellers, as they normally happen in the most difficult circumstances. Entry to normally closed areas was accessed with preplanned permits and permission to enjoy sites not normally seen. Advice on carrying petrol and alcohol were advised to avoid hefty fines of up to $30,000, and or jail in some areas. Permits are long drawn out affairs, that are expensive, especially for single tourers, and can be explicit on times of arrival and transitioning some lands that have many hidden treasures not accessible to most. The comfort of having experienced guides and support in times of 4WD'ing difficult terrain is fantastic, along with the fellowship in the evening, and discussing the day gone, and the challenges ahead. Providing your own food and meal requirements was important to me, as I have some special medical and dietary requirements. Safety and backup is important when exploring out of the way places, which was well covered by the tour leaders. Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat, and we have booked two more trip for this year.


Very organised and a great leader

To whom it may concern I have known Ross for several years and have accompanied him on a couple of his trips. He was very organised and a great leader, taking me to very interesting places. He has a huge interest in our country and I think him sharing that with everyone would be a fantastic thing for him to do. He is a great person, has a wonderful sense of humour and is heaps of fun to be around. I wish him all the best in his business venture.

Debbie Gridley


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