Simpson Desert - can we cross in April?

Would anyone on here know the likelihood of being able to cross the Simpson Desert from Mt Dare to Birdsville in the middle of April?
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 13:58

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 13:58
Hi Frances

Make sure that you pack the MaxTrax, as there is a very high chance they will get a good work out, as well as a good long handle shovel.

April is still very early for the tourist run with the tracks having very little use after being reopened from the summer closure.

Make sure you take extra water and fuel.

Get in contact with EO member Jeff at Mt Dare and he will be able to give you the most reliable and up to date information before you leave.


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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 18:38

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 18:38
Appears up to 100mm of rain has fallen recently in some areas of the Diamontina & Eyre Creek catchments. With the tail end of the monsoon still pushing weather down into the NT & Queensland it's anyone's guess if the rivers will flow cutting the Simpson again.
All you can do is plan the trip & go elsewhere if conditions change.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 21:18

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 21:18
This is exactly why we are planning to drive across the Simpson from East to West. If on the day we get to Birdsville, the Simpson is wet etc then we can turn north to the gulf area. Currently looking at a solo run in May.

We want to see the area as it should be, arid and hot. Not after a mud bath.


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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:30

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:30
I'd actually go in from the west Phil if the desert is closed at Eyre creek & make a double crossing loop of it. Often when the creeks are flowing from the north the vast majority of the desert is still bone dry anyway. It's all good no matter wet or dry :-)
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 08:41

Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 08:41
Hi Craig

That was the original plan.

But seeing that we havent done a lot of drives in the south west of QLD that it would be better for us to be able to change plans at Birdsville.

We were also going to do the Simpson in a double loop already. First trip in through Birdsville to Poeppels corner, down to Lone Gum and then out the Rig road via Warburton Crossing and home via Innaminka or Marree. That would leave a loop through the western section for another time and give us time to even go up to Mt Dare and Chambers Pillar area. That would be too much for a single trip. We are trying to limit the times we go to the same place or track.

I know what you mean about "wet or dry". The desert would be spectacular with all the flowers and so on. But we are not keen on muddy conditions. I don't have a lot of strength left. We also prefer our own company so stay clear of risky tracks and do them when the conditions are better. We are also fully prepared to come back another year. I only hope the cancer wont get me before then. Ha. Sometimes I wish it was one as simple like a lump and they could just cut it out. This damned thing is a blood related one and you cannot cut that out. Hey!!! So we keep our options open to avoid any strenuous or risky stuff. I don't have the strength to dig a hole.

We get enough mud and water in the mountains around here and in Victoria. A weeks trip above Mansfield coming up soon as well.

Appreciate the idea.

Long winded - sorry but there are reasons behind the east to west choice.

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Follow Up By: Member Dick (Int) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 14:49

Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 14:49
Hi Phil

Sorry to hear that the strength is not good any more. My dad had something similar many years go. Hope you can get your Simpson trip done this year but its good that you have already planned the alternate just in case.

All the best with your health.


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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 16:01

Saturday, Mar 05, 2011 at 16:01
I'm not going to let this stop me. I still have a few years left yet. They wanted to give me some more chemo right when we had planned a trip to Cape York. Gues which won. The cape of course.


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