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Simpson Desert 4WD Tour

4 Days

Birds Hotel Accomodation


Highlights:

Aboriginal & European Heritage of Central Australia from 1860
Explorer John McDouall Stuart’s Landmarks.
French Line, Purni Bore, the Rig Road & Wonga Corner.
Experience beautiful red sand dunes
Experience the remoteness & hardships of the Overland
Telegraph Line & Old Ghan Rail Workers,
Molly Clark’s Heritage Homestead
 
DAY 1 (L,D)
South East, to our first stop, the Aboriginal Community of Santa Teresa. Further south to experience mirages and climbing big red sand dunes. Visit rare Acacia Peuce “Waddy Trees” in the driest part of Australia. Along the Old Andado Track to Molly Clarks Pioneer Homestead in the Simpson Desert
We traverse the Southern Hemisphere’s largest private Cattle Station “Andado”. Through the Finke River Floodout and across the NT-SA Border to Mt Dare Hotel, a unique remote Oasis for man & birds in far north South Australia.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Mt Dare offers the opportunity to mingle with locals and Simpson Desert Travellers.
 
DAY 2 (B.L,D)
Todays unique day trip to the raw dunes along the French Line, leaves Mt Dare Hotel at 8.00am.
We traverse country rarely experienced by Australian & International travellers – Gibber (rock) strewn tracks & countryside; 360 degree distant horizons. Unusual trees. Coolibahs & Red Mulgas, before arriving at the man made desert wetlands Purni Bore, nestled between sand dunes. Another 30km east along the capped Rig Road to the French Line from Wonga Corner.
We drive another 5km’s east along the French Line enabling you to experience vistas, peacefulness & tranquillity only found here in the largest Sand Dune desert in the World.
Lunch on top of a sand dune, as you appreciate what tiny specks we are in the never ending landscape.
Return to the oasis of Mt Dare Hotel late in the afternoon, overawed by the most unusual day tour you will ever experience.
 
DAY 3 (B,L,D)
For early risers, walks & birding around Mt Dare Hotel – Red Tailed Cockatoos & Little Corellas are often seen. Todays journey within Witjira Park highlights the pioneering courage of settlers at Bloods Creek, Federal & Dalhousie. In 1936 Ted Colson did the first crossing of the Simpson Desert and then returned to Bloods Creek Homestead. Time to swim in Dalhousie Thermal Pool. Experience vast 360degree horizons up to 100km’s away as we cross gibber strewn, treeless country. Return to the enclave of Mt Dare Hotel to swap yarns with fellow travellers.
Campfire Lunch & Billy Tea amongst Sand Dunes & Mulga Scrub. Return, via Blood Creek sheep station ruins, to Mt Dare Hotel for a relaxing evening.
 
DAY 4 (B,L)
Farewells at Mt Dare, back into the Northern Territory. Our first stop, Charlotte Waters Telegraph Station ruins. Onto Finke Township. We make a 60km detour to visit the Lambert Gravitational Centre on Lilla Creek Station. Back to the Old GHAN town of Finke, now Apatula Aboriginal village. Here we learn of GHAN History & modern mechanical “madness” of the Finke Desert race.
North, across the Finke River, & along the Old GHAN track to Bundooma. West, over sand dunes to Alice Well on the Hugh River. This Historic village site (1887 to 1911), is accessed by only a small number of Modern travellers. Along a beautiful Red Sand Track, which follows a remaining section of the Old Telegraph Line, to Titjikala, then homeward to Alice Springs.
Inclusions:
Morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided en route.
3 nights Dinner; Bed & Breakfast at Mt Dare Hotel
Experienced Bushman/Guide with knowledge of heritage,flora,history,birds & flora.

3 Day version of this Tour is also available on request
 

Birds that may be seen on this tour

Black breasted Buzzard ; Whistling Kite ; Wedgetailed Eagle ; Brown Falcon

Nankeen Kestrel ; Crested Pigeon ; Red Tailed Black Cockatoo ; Little Corella ; Major Mitchell

Budgerigar ; Australian Ringneck ; White Winged Fairy-wren ; Splendid Fairy - wren

Striated Grasswren ; Pied Butcher Birds ; Black Faced Cuckoo-shrike ; Black faced Woodswallow

Magpie ; White-backed Swallow ; Richards Pipit ; Singing Honeyeater ; Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Chiming Wedgebill ; Chestnut Quail Thrush ; Crested Bellbird ; Grey Shrike-thrush ;

Rufous Whistler ; Willie Wagtail ; Magpie Lark ; Red backed Kingfisher ; Rainbow Bee-eater
 

Cost
1585pp

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