Simpson Desert via Geosurveys Hill

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMount Dare Hotel
DifficultyDifficulty 5/5
Suitable for4WD 
Distance773.23 km
Minimum Days4
Average Speed28.53 km/hr
Driving Time1 day 3 hrs 6 mins
Page Updated: 6 Jul 2016


Seeing the Simpson Desert as a true remote wilderness area, that has seen less than a hand full of people ever venture into the true heart of the Worlds largest parallel dunes system. See Aboriginal stone chippings and grinding stones, left where they were abandoned hundreds of years ago. See dramatic changes in desert vegetation and dune shape and construction as you slowly crawl across the desert.

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This trip should only be undertaken by EXPERIENCED outback desert travellers ONLY! Because of the very remote nature of the area to be travelled, trip leaders must be very competent in GPS navigation, as there are no tracks to follow for over 90% of the trip, being pure off road travel at a very slow pace.

All supplies of food, water and fuel, must be taken before the trip is started. Do not under estimate your fuel and water usage, as there are no back up supplies to be obtained along the way. Any sort of vehicle recovery would be very difficult and extremely expensive. As well as vehicle preparation, participants’ health issues must also be catered for. Visit your local GP prior to the trip and take a selection of medications that may be needed for such a remote area.

With the nature of many of the dunes to be crossed, I would also highly recommend using the GPS in conjunction with a moving map programme, such as OziExplorer, and a Laptop computer for real time moving mapping. There will be many times that GPS navigation will not be enough, and the moving map will help you to navigate safely around some of the larger dunes that will be impossible to cross. First and second gear low range is the usual gearing, showing how slow your progress will be. Also recommend a minimum of 2 GPS units and 2 laptop computers, as well as a standard compass in the group, in case of GPS failures.

Vehicles must be in first class condition, as well as tyres, and suspension. Make sure that you carry extra tyre plugs and tubes, as you will be guaranteed many punctures, mostly side wall type. It will be the first few vehicles in the group that take the lead that are going to be guaranteed punctures, clearing the track for the following vehicles.

Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food and vehicle repair equipment and spare parts.
All travellers should read the for related articles and checklists for vehicle setup and driver awareness. We advise that you refer to the latest information and advice about outback communications in the


When travelling through SA Desert Parks, a valid Desert Parks Pass is required. A Desert Park Pass can be purchased online directly from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources SA here: Permission is also required to enter Andado property, from the owners Jo and Robby Bloomfield.

If camping in the Queensland side of the QAA Line, a permit is required from the Queensland National Park and Wildlife. Contact Don Rowlands, National Parks Ranger, Birdsville.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol Note: For safety reasons, carry a minimum of 300 litres of diesel per vehicle
4cyl 109 litres4cyl 125 litres4cyl 155 litres
6cyl 119 litres6cyl 140 litres6cyl 136 litres
8cyl 119 litres8cyl 128 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

May to October

Closest Climatic Station

Birdsville Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 204.67km E
Mean Max. °C40.
Mean Min. °C26.424.721.717.
Mean Rain mm20.933.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

Basic supplies are available from Mount Dare, with nothing available until the finishing point of Birdsville, nearly 2 weeks later.


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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Mount Dare Hotel to Mt Dare Tk, SA-NT Border13.98 kmNE47° 16 min
Mt Dare Tk, SA-NT Border to Andado73.09 kmN356° 1 hr 39 min
Andado to Old Andado17.2 kmE78° 19 min
Old Andado to Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve47.14 kmN13° 45 min
Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve to Madigan Camp 132.67 kmNE55° 56 min
Madigan Camp 1 to The Twins26.02 kmN17° 49 min
The Twins to Hale River Flood Plain25.34 kmSE115° 2 hr 6 min
Hale River Flood Plain to Geosurveys Base A, Old Fuel Dump75.1 kmE110° 4 hr 46 min
Geosurveys Base A, Old Fuel Dump to Geosurveys Hill42.24 kmE85° 5 hr 32 min
Geosurveys Hill to Old Fuel Dump51.2 kmSE119° 6 hr 27 min
Old Fuel Dump to Geographical Centre of Simpson Desert27.52 kmS169° 2 hr 21 min
Geographical Centre of Simpson Desert to Grove of Gidgee Trees55.51 kmSE134° 4 hr 57 min
Grove of Gidgee Trees to Large Open Cut Pit18.11 kmE105° 2 hr 27 min
Large Open Cut Pit to Thomas No 1 Oil Well40.36 kmSE157° 3 hr 56 min
Thomas No 1 Oil Well to French Line & Thomas Track27.63 kmSE151° 1 hr 12 min
French Line & Thomas Track to Poeppel Corner26.02 kmE83° 1 hr 10 min
Poeppel Corner to Narrow-leafed Hop Bush, QAA Line31.16 kmNE23° 1 hr 4 min
Narrow-leafed Hop Bush, QAA Line to Salt Bush Flats, QAA Line23.41 kmE96° 48 min
Salt Bush Flats, QAA Line to Georgina Gidgee Interdunes, QAA Line20.97 kmE95° 33 min
Georgina Gidgee Interdunes, QAA Line to Spinifex Dune, QAA Line17.69 kmE94° 26 min
Spinifex Dune, QAA Line to Eyre Creek, QAA Line18.66 kmE86° 31 min
Eyre Creek, QAA Line to Big Red18.72 kmE84° 28 min
Big Red to Birdsville43.51 kmE94° 1 hr 1 min
Mount Dare Hotel to Birdsville773.23 km  1 day 3 hr 6 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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