Cross country driving in Simpson Desert

Submitted: Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 13:53
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Has anyone recently done any cross country driving in the Simpson Desert. I am interested in going north from the QAA Line or French Line, passing to the east of the Atnetye aboriginal land, and on up to the Plenty at Tobermorey. Alternatively, following the Madigan Line from Old Andado to Birdsville slipping through the Finke aboriginal land where it narrows down to nothing. I know Willie Kempen came south from Jervois Station to Birdsville many years ago in Suzukis and the Range Rover club of Victoria went past Atnetye to Marqua Station and on to the Plenty 2-3 years ago, but there is no other info on the internet, but I am sure other people must have done something interesting.

Simon
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Reply By: johnsy - Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 17:14

Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 17:14
ask jol at business search on the home page/ driver training /direct four wd awareness he will give you a few ideas on what you can and can't do
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Reply By: Will - Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 17:26

Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 17:26
I would like to do that myself, I have read Willem's report too and we came across a guy in an Oka who was doing it until he broke a CV joint and was waiting for parts at Birdsville last time we crossed the Simpson.
I think however that the greenies and those who want to lock us out of trails will use those examples and others to lock us out of the Simpson.

Will
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 19:06

Monday, Mar 10, 2003 at 19:06
Simon,
Contact the traditional owner of Atnetye Land, formerly Atula Station. I believe that he is quite approachable. See if he has a phone number and ring him. If you deal with the traditional owners direct and not through the bureaucracy of the Land Councils then you may have more success. Or ring the Station owner whose property you wish to cross. Shouldn't be a problem. Your trip needs plenty of preparation. Have fun. Cheers Willem(aka Willie)
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 08:07

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 08:07
Simon, I couldn't find the references to those trips using Google. Could you help me out?

Bob
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Follow Up By: Simon - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 10:14

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 10:14
Bob,

Willem Kempen's article is at http://www.kempen.id.au/main.htm, look at the Spinifex Trail article.

Range Rover club article is found at http://www.rangeroverclub.org.au/articles/Simpson%20Desert%202000%20(1).htm

Also worth a look is http://www.direct4wd.com.au/tours/hayriver.htm

Simon
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 16:29

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 16:29
Thanks Simon
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Reply By: Jol Fleming - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 22:13

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 22:13
i am going up the Hay from poeppel to Jervois leaving Bville on 11 May. I can give you the info you need www.direct4wd.com.au
Lets know what you want to do

Jol Fleming
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