Crossing the Simpson - the ultimate outback adventure

One of Australia’s ultimate outback adventure’s - to cross the Simpson Desert.

Join eXpedition10 as we cross the Simpson Desert from East to West, from Birsdville to Alice Springs.

Crossing more than 1100 sand dunes, the longest parallel dunes in the world makes for an incredible adventure.

  • Sip a cool drink at the famous Birdsville Pub,
  • take a dip in Dalhousie Springs,
  • watch the sun set and rise on Chambers Pillar,
  • drive along the old Ghan Railway Trail,
  • explore the Macdonnell Ranges and
  • take a break in Alice Springs.
10 Days

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Day 1  Thursday, 31 March 2022

Home to Birdsville            Meals D

Flights to Birdsville will be arranged. On arrival in Birdsville your eXpedition crew members will meet and transfer to Birdsville accommodation for a two night stay.

Accommodation Birdsville

Day 2  Friday, 1 April 2022

Birdsville Sightseeing      Meals BD

This morning, enjoy some free time to explore Birdsville. Wander through the main street and explore the historic ruins or meet the locals. There are several places in town where lunch can be purchased, including the bakery and Birdsville Hotel. This afternoon board the eXpedition10 bus to explore some more. Visit the Birdsville Race Track, Burke and Wills Depot Tree, blazed on 21 April 1861 and the Waddi Tree ‘forest’. Sleep well tonight at tomorrow the journey travels into the Simpson Desert.

Accommodation Birdsville

Day 3  Saturday, 2 April 2022

Birdsville to Poeppel Corner        Meals BLD

Standing 40 metres tall, Big Red is the largest sand dune in the Simpson Desert or Munga-Thirri. Big Red is the first obstacle to greet the tour and is located on the fringe of the driest region of the Australian continent. Today’s journey will travel across extensive salt lakes, over red dunes and spinifex-strewn salt pans on the QAA Line to Poeppel Corner where South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland meet.

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Day 4  Sunday, 3 April 2022

Poeppel Corner into Simpson Desert       Meals BLD

While crossing the Simpson Desert we have planned our days with later starts and earlier arrivals to give the best outback experience to our guests. Enjoy this time getting to know your fellow adventurers and to wander along the tops of the rich red sand dunes spotting wildlife and wild flowers.

Accommodation eXpedition10 tents

Day 5  Monday, 4 April 2022

Even further into Simpson Desert             Meals BLD

The further west this adventure travels in the Simpson Desert, the smaller the dunes become. However, each evening the skies seem to get larger and filled with more stars than one could imagine. This is paradise for star gazers and Astro photographers.

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Day 6  Tuesday, 5 April 202

Simpson Desert to Dalhousie Springs       Meals BLD

The Simpson desert’s last re dune will be crossed today as they fade into gibber plains. On the edge of the Simpson Desert are some hot springs. Dalhousie Springs have been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as a source of food, shelter and medicine. Swimming in the spring’s warm waters will be a refreshing reward for completing the crossing of the desert.

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Day 7  Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Dalhousie to Chambers Pillar       Meals BLD

From Dalhousie, travel a short distance north to the Mount Dare Hotel. Take some time to catch up on some retail therapy, the first opportunity for the last few days. It’s a great stop for a cold beer or a frozen ice cream….. Next stop will be Finke. The community takes its name from the usually dry Finke River. Finke has become famous as the midway point for the annual Finke Desert Race.  The road to the north today follows the original Ghan Railway Line. In fact the old line is actually part of the track. Take a slight detour from the track into Chambers Pillar for a scenic overnight stay.

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Day 8  Thursday, 7 April 2022

Chambers Pillar to Alice Springs Meals BD

Photographers on this tour may like to take the opportunity to capture sunrise on Chambers Pillar this morning. Following a relaxed start to the day, travel to Alice Springs, the ‘heart of the Red Centre’. There will be time to explore The Alice this afternoon prior to checking in to Motel accommodation for the next two nights.

Accommodation Alice Springs

Day 9  Friday, 8 April 2022

Alice Springs Sightseeing              Meals BD

Alice Springs lies in the centre of the Macdonnell Ranges, an ancient landscape sculpted over time by climatic elements. Famous for its rocky gorges, ghost gum fringed waterholes, unique desert flora and fauna the Macdonnell Ranges are a nature lovers paradise. Set off the morning to explore the West Macdonnell Ranges visiting The Ochre Cliffs, Ellery Creek, Simpsons Gap and more before returning to Alice Spring for the final night of this tour.

Accommodation Alice Springs

Day 10  Saturday, 9 April 2022

Alice Springs to Home

Options are available for anyone wishing to extend their stay in the Red Centre. Transfers to the Alice Springs Airport will be available for those flying home.

Thank you for travelling with eXpedition10, we look forward to meeting you again on another of our eXciting eXpeditions.


  • Flights:
    • Brisbane to Birdsville
    • Alice Springs to Brisbane
  • Spacious 10 seat 4X4 Touring Coach
  • Fully Equipped 4X4 Support Vehicle
  • Accommodation
    • 4 nights Motel
    • 5 nights in eXpedition10 tents with beds and linen
  • Meals
    • 9 Breakfasts
    • 5 Lunches
    • 9 Dinners
  • All Attractions listed in itinerary (other than those stated optional)


10 Days
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