Crossing the Simpson - the ultimate outback adventure

Join eXpedition10's 13 day eXpedition on one of Australia’s ultimate outback adventure’s - to cross the Simpson Desert.

From Toowoomba to Birdsville spend 4 days eXploring the outback before venturing into the Simpson Desert to cross more than 1100 sand dunes, the longest parallel dunes in the world.

An eXpedition across the Simpson Desert with eXpedition10 - the ultimate outback adventure.

  • See silo art at Thallon,
  • Fossick for opals in Yowah,
  • Discover Dinosaurs at Eromanga,
  • 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.
Departing
28/03/2022
Duration
13 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10
Physical Rating
Medium +

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PLEASE NOTE
Tour departs Toowoomba. Travellers from Brisbane, or flying into Brisbane or Toowoomba to join tour must plan to arrive in Toowoomba no later than Sunday 27 March 2022. Pre tour accommodation will be arranged in Toowoomba (extra cost) with pickup from the motel at 7:00am on the morning of departure .We are happy to assist with planning of transfers and flights etc. Please call us on 1800 673 337
Day 1 Monday, 28 March 2022
Toowoomba to St George Meals D

Following the Gore Highway today, Travel through Millmerran to the border town of Goondiwindi for a lunch break. Continuing west, the journey will visit the silo art at Thallon, then the famous Nindigully Pub. Arrive in St George and check in at our motel for the first overnight stay on this tour before visiting the famous Riversands Winery for tour and tasting.

Accommodation Riverlands Motel

Day 2 Tuesday, 29 March 2022
St George to Yowah Meals BLD

Before departing St George, take a drive around town to discover St George, a pleasant village nestled beside the Balonne River. Further west at Bollon, enjoy a short and informative cultural walk with Bill Speedy, a proud Gwamu elder along the banks of Wallam Creek. Continuing on, travel to Cunnamulla to view the Cunnamulla Fella statue. Call in to the Eulo Queen Hotel then continue to the opal mining outpost of Yowah. A local guide will join the tour for a drive around town and opal fossicking. Yowah is know as ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ and is home to the Yowah Opal Nut and the Ironstone Matrix Opal, an opal which can only be found in this part of Queensland. Keep your towel and bathers handy as Yowah also has artesian baths where we can enjoy a soak in the soothing waters.

Accommodation Artesian Waters Caravan and Camping Park

 

Day 3 Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Yowah to Eromanga Meals BLD

To the west of Yowah the outback town of Thargomindah sits on top of the artesian basin where hot water gushing from the local bore was once used to produce hydro electricity. Discover all of this and more on our guided tour of town this morning. Further west into Queenslands outback call into the historic Noccundra Pub for a refreshing drink before heading north to Eromanga. At the Eromanga Natural History Museum take a guided tour with one of the enthusiastic workers who will explain the significance of the discovery of prehistoric fossils in this region.

Accommodation Coopers Cabins

Day 4 Thursday, 31 March 2020
Eromanga to Birdsville Meals BLD

Heading toward Birdsville the road traverses the vast flat flood plains of Cooper Creek remaining sealed until about a hundred (or so) kilometres beyond Windorah. Take a short break en route to see the ruins of the JC Hotel prior to turning onto the Birdsville Developmental Road. The Birdsville Developmental Road is a well maintained road but in heavy tourist times can become a very corrugated and dusty track. At Betoota, visit the lonely Betoota Hotel then admire views from Deon’s Lookout before arriving in Birdsville for a two night stay.

Accommodation The Lodge Birdsville

 

Day 5  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 6  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.

Accommodation eXpedition10 luxury tents

Day 7  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 8  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.

Accommodation eXpedition10 tents

Day 9  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.

Accommodation eXpedition10 tents

Day 10  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.

Accommodation eXpedition10 tents

Day 11  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 12  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 13  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.

Inclusions

  • Flights:
  • Spacious 10 seat 4X4 Touring Coach
  • Fully Equipped 4X4 Support Vehicle
  • Accommodation
    • 7 nights Motel/Hotel/Cabins
    • 5 nights in eXpedition10 tents with beds and linen
  • Meals
    • 12 Breakfasts
    • 10 Lunches
    • 11 Dinners
  • All Attractions listed in itinerary (other than those stated optional)
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE - 10

 

Departing
28/03/2022
Duration
13 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10
Physical Rating
Medium +
Price
AUD $8,700
In stock
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