Simpson Desert – French Line

An epic Australian adventure

Simpson Desert – French Line

Encountering the famous desert camels

Simpson Desert – French Line

Rocky skylines in the middle of nothing

Simpson Desert – French Line

Enjoying the magnificient views after a job well done

It’s time for the epic

Simpson Desert
French Line

The Simpson Desert – French Line

  • An all-wheel drive dream route for everyone who loves the real Australian outback.
  • Tag-Along Tour with qualified tour guide
  • Starts in Alice Springs
  • Ends in Birdsville after 7 days or
  • Adelaide after 11 days
  • The actual off-road vehicle route with many exciting challenges is about 500 km long

All this can be safely enjoyed as a TAG-ALONG TOUR or as a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR guided by a very experienced tour guide.

 

Travel description

The FrenchLine in the Simpson Desert is a semi-desert crossing through breathtaking landscapes, unexpectedly colorful flora and varied fauna. Their specialty is the wide variety of dune formations that shape the landscape.

It runs partly through South Australia and Queensland and extends from Dalhousie Springs in the west to Birdsville in the east. Its highlight is the conquest of the Big Red, the highest navigable dune (50m high) in Australia.

The best time to travel is between May and September.

Travel style

Take Along Tour as, group tour in individual off-road vehicles for two people. You travel, drive and sleep in an off-road camper for no more than two people, equipped with everything you need.

Alternatively, an off-road vehicle with a roof tent can be organized. Participation in your private vehicle is also possible.

If you don’t want to drive yourself, you can book a ride.

Itnerary Alice Springs – Birdsville | 7 Days

Alice Springs to Birdsville 4WD Tag Along Tour

(Subject to change)

It is recommended that the participants arrive in good time before departure to sleep off a possible jet lag and to adapt to the local climate.

Day 1

The first day of your adventure tour is dedicated to the necessary preparations. The rental vehicles are picked up in the morning. For the next six days we have to do shopping, loading the vehicles and testing them

Day 2 to day 6

We leave Alice Springs and the paved roads to dedicate ourselves to a beautiful desert crossing, the Simpson Desert with the FrenchLine and the more than 500 sand dunes that will come to us. However, we first drive to Chambers Pillar, an exceptional mood of nature. We continue to Finke, a place of indigenous people, at times along the Old Gan railway line, the former railway connection from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Today it is the famous desert race track from Finke to Alice Springs, where once a year, there is actually a real race for all-terrain vehicles of all kinds. From here, it goes on to Dalhousie Spring. It remains to be seen whether the dip in the water will be refreshing. The temperature is around 36 ° C. The shower at the campsite there is refreshing. From Dalhousie Springs, it goes towards Birdsville via Poeppel Corner, the place where 3 states come together: the Northern Territory, Queensland, and South Australia. Let’s see the highest navigable sand dune, the Big Red goes straight out of the Simpson Desert and into the much-vaunted Birdsville. If you want, you can embark on a sightseeing flight over the northern part of Lake Eyre and the uniquely beautiful Channel Country

Day 7

Final day, preparation for the onward journey.

Itineray Alice Springs – Adelaide

Alice Springs to Adelaide 4WD Tour Tag Along

(subject to change)

That participants arrive in good time before departure to sleep off any jet lag and to adapt to the local climate is recommended

Day 1

On the first day of your adventure tour, we do the necessary preparations. In the morning, we pick up the rental vehicles. Afterwards, you will shop for the next 14 days, load your offroad vehicle, and test drive them.

Days 2 to 5

We leave Alice Springs on a tarmac road for a beautiful desert crossing, the Simpson Desert with the French Line and more than 500 sand dunes to come. But first, we drive to Chambers Pillar, an extraordinary freak of nature. We continue to Finke, an aboriginal village, at times along the old Gan railway line, the former railway connection from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Today it is the famous desert racetrack from Finke to Alice Springs, where once a year a real race for cross-country vehicles of all kinds still occurs. From here it’s on to Dalhousie Springs. If you jump into the water, you will find out whether it is refreshing. The temperature is about 36°C. The shower at the campsite there is vital cool. From Dalhousie Springs we head towards Birdsville via Poeppel Corner, the place where three states meet: the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. When we see the highest drivable sand dune, the Big Red, we head straight out of the Simpson Desert and into the much-vaunted Birdsville. You can take a scenic flight over the northern part of Lake Eyre and the uniquely beautiful Channel Country if you want.

Days 6 to 10

The next challenge is the Birdsville Track towards Marree, crossing Cooper Creek. If we meet a flooded creek, a 60 km diversion and crossing on an improvised ferry is necessary.

In Marree there is an opportunity for another scenic flight over the southern part of Lake Eyre. Our route continues through dark red gorges, past historically interesting settlements and river red gum covered riverbeds of the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound. On the last day, we should arrive in Adelaide in the late afternoon.

Day 11

Final day return the vehicle and prepare for onward journey.

Services Included

  • Guided self-drive tour in the Australian style of a tag-along tour
  • Permits
  • A qualified tour guide from Perth to Alice Springs, or vice versa.
  • Otto Schächtele has driven the tour more than 80 times, is an all-terrain vehicle trainer and Honorary Calm Officer
  • Fuel outside of the Canning Stock Route
  • Accommodation costs at Perth, Mt Magnet, Wiluna, Alice Springs campsites
  • Carries everything for a refreshing bush shower
  • Information material Canning Stock Route
  • Qualified breakdown assistance
  • Free of charge 2. Spare tires for loaning when needed
  • Communication with the Royal Flying Doctor Service via satellite telephone
  • All transit permits
  • CB radio equipment for every vehicle

Services NOT included

  • Rental of the 4WD Vehicle
  • Drinks and meals.
  • Personal optional activities
  • Personal expenses, and medication
  • Tips
  • Fuel

Special Instructions

  • A release and disclaimer must be signed before starting the tour.
  • For all participants, it is recommended to take out suitable travel insurance also covering cancellation and termination of the trip.
  • For German participants, the conclusion of an ARAG protection letter is also recommended. which is unfortunately not offered in other countries.

Travel Price excludes Vehicle Rental

On request, we can arrange a 4WD camper for you

  • 4WD camper with full equipment, 300km per day, liability insurance for the off-road vehicle with a deductible of AUD 8000.00. We recommend Comprehensive coverage.
  • On Tag-Along Tours with Otto Tours Australia, insurance coverage is available on all routes.
  • We can organize the following vehicle types. (subject to availability)
  • Apollo Trailfinder (other vehicles on request)

Surcharges (strongly recommended)

Fully comprehensive insurance without a deductible, valid on the CSR, per day, per vehicle, including prepaid refilling of the gas bottle, 1 x table, two camping chairs. (Just with a current rental request, we can determine the costs)

Payment and cancellation conditions

  • 20% of the travel price is due when booking
  • 80% of the travel price is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

In the event of a cancellation, the following cancellation conditions apply:

  • 20% of the travel price is due up to 60 days before the start of the trip
  • 40% of the travel price is due up to 40 days before the start of the trip,
  • 60% of the travel price is due up to 30 days before the start of the trip
  • 80% of the travel price is due up to 14 days before the start of the trip,
  • After that, 100% of the travel price is due

Travel Dates for the Simpson Desert – French Line Tours

(The Private Tour Guiding travel dates can be arranged to suit your timeframe)

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