(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
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.
Final day return the vehicle and prepare for onward journey.