Simpson Desert

Submitted: Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 16:17
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We are planning to cross the Simpson Desert travelling south north following the Hay River, has anyone done this or has any information on it.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 18:42

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 18:42
I have, not for the faint hearted especially if you haven't done any remote area travel.
There was an article about the area in question in a recent 4x4 australia mag, permits for the Aboriginal land are hard to get, the company mentioned in the article could help out if staying or travelling with them.
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Follow Up By: Midge - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:40

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:40
Thanks Peter for your answer we have dine quite a bit of remote travel and only just starting to look into this trip any notes and ideas you have on this trip would be an advantage to us.
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Follow Up By: fourplayfull - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 19:59

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 19:59
Yes Midge , we are also planning to do the same trip in June 04 and are eager to have company . I have contacted Jol who will arrange necessary permit applications to cross traditional owners land next to Tarlton Downs . Would welcome return mail.
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Follow Up By: Midge - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 22:14

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 22:14
To fourplayfull, were not doing the south north crossing of the Simpson till Sep otherwise we could have joined you as we are not sure on wether or not we will be having any company either. We would appreciate any notes you might take down when you do do it. We will be away mid may till mid July as we are doing another trip north to Cape York, how long does it take for Jol to get the permits to you, when we travelled the Gunbarrell last year it was only a couple of days with the 2 different Aboriginal Lands permits
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Follow Up By: fourplayfull - Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 22:09

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 22:09
Hi Midge , yes I will keep all track notes etc. for you - S.D Hay River Run . My contact is
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:23

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:23

It has been done lots of times. The Sydney or NSW Landrover Club has done it and many other groups. Mainly North South crossings. I did it in 1987...not quite the Hay River but further over to the west and probably a harder journey. Two Suzukis...we crossed the desert to Birdsville in 7 days.

Go to my website on on The Spinifex Trail.
Times have changed since then and you will need to do quite a bit of research to find a way across and an exit over private land. If you need to you can email me direct through my website.

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