Simpson Desert track conditions.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 07:24
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Just got back from a double crossing of the Simpson Desert, and thought I'd share track conditions in order we took them. We were pushing hard to do the double crossing in 6 days. That was the original plan, and we did it. Only problem is that Mt. Dare didn't have Diesel until 24 hours after we arrived so we lost a day there. I'll write down the average track speed of each track that we did. The east-bound crossing we drove down to the Bloods Creek track and then took a left at the windmill. It was a much easier track for our tyres due to all the rocks going the normal way. Took about the same time but averaged higher speed.

West-bound crossing:
QAA- 20
K1- 80
French line to Rig Road intersection- 120
French line from Rig Road intersection through to Dalhousie Springs- 50
Dalhousie Springs to Mt. Dare- 40

East-bound crossing:
Mt Dare to Dalhousie Springs via Bloods Creek line- 60
Dalhousie Springs to Rig Road intersection- 50
Rig road & WAA line through to Knolls track- 25
Knolls track up to French line- 30
French line eastbound to K1- 15
K1 Northbound- 80
QAA eastbound- 15

The French line is much worse going eastbound mainly because of the undulations up the west side of the dunes.

I hope this helps with your trip planning and make sure you stop at Dalhousie Springs for a bit!

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Reply By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:20

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:20
120 on the French Line? You must have got a bit of airtime on some dunes. :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - ironJosh - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:38

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:38
Haha, that was meant to be 20!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:34

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:34
120 clicks average? My first thoughts were, Josh, that you'd be more than pleased with the new turbo conversion :-)

Looks like a good guide for any future travellers. Some might even think: "Gee, that's slow. We can do better than that"...... At their peril!


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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:24

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:24
Gday Josh
Just want to know if the numbers you quote are average speeds , point to point , or the speed you might have reached while driving down the tracks.
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Reply By: Briscott - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:19

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:19
Thanks mate, appreciate the info. Handy for me right now!

Can you you take a quick look at this thread and run an eye over our route/timing and tell me what you think?
briscott double crossing link


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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:28

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:28
G`day Scott,
Mate have a look at my Blog of a double crossing I did in August 2008.
You might get an bit of info that might be handy.
It`s a great part of OZ, enjoy the trip.

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