Thargomindah to Birdsville
From $3,000 per vehicle
This tour begins in Thargomindah, and our first day of driving off the tar seal takes us west to a bush camp at the site of the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree. We fuel up at Innamincka before driving Walkers Crossing to connect with the Birdsville Track.
A short drive next day takes us north to the outback town of Birdsville, which lies on the Eastern side of the majestic Simpson Desert. With over 1100 sandhills of varying sizes we will pass well known landmarks such as Big Red, Eyre Creek, Poeppel Corner and the Lone Gumtree as we take three days to cross the Simpson Desert. Each night we will gather around the campfire and take in the spectacular night sky. Purni Bore, with its prolific birdlife and Dalhousie Springs where we will luxuriate in the warm artesian waterhole are highlights on route to Mt Dare Hotel. Continuing our journey into Central Australia we will drive the iconic Ghan Railway Track to experience a magnificent sunset at Chamber’s Pillar. Alice Springs will provide us with time to gather supplies and an opportunity to explore. Tar seal will take us south to Cadney Homestead before we head east through the Painted Desert to the famous Oodnadatta Pink Roadhouse and on to William Creek. After an optional early morning flight over Lake Eyre, we will take the Birdsville Track to Mungerannie Hotel. Our final day of touring finishes in Birdsville, where no doubt, we will celebrate at the iconic Birdsville Hotel.
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!
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.
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.