The Simpson Desert

The Oodnadatta Track and Dalhousie Springs

Crossing the Simpson Desert

The Birdsville Track

Simpson Desert Trip Photo Gallery

Bird Watching along this route


Crossing the Simpson had been a trip we had spent months preparing.  After a great deal of research and planning we finally headed north in July 2004.  Rainfall earlier in the year was a concern, but the roads had recently opened and the wet conditions had transformed the desert into a garden of wildflowers.  Leaving Adelaide early in the morning allowed us to travel to Marree for the first night, and then we turned towards the west to follow the Oodnadatta Track up to Hamilton.  Near Hamilton we chose to take the road through Pedirka and passed the Dalhousie homestead ruins.  A couple of nights at Dalhousie Springs preceded the Simpson Desert crossing.   Once we had made it to Birdsville, it was time to head south again down the Birdsville Track. 

Please choose a region from the list below.  Each section has a brief description of our journey including some photographs.  If you would like to view more photos, please choose the Photo Gallery.

The Oodnadatta Track and Dalhousie Springs

Crossing the Simpson Desert

The Birdsville Track

Simpson Desert Trip Photo Gallery

Bird Watching along this route

 


Here are some informative web sites that will help you plan your trip:

Desert Parks Pass Information

Desert Parks Bulletin

Transport SA Outback Road Conditions
Australian National 4WD Radio Network
Parks Web Witjara NP
Parks Web Simpson Desert

 

Rough Map    Detailed maps can be viewed by choosing one of the sites in Useful Links.   

 

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