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Hay River Track and the Simpson Desert

7 Days

Birds Camping Hotel Accomodation

Day 1
Depart Alice Springs northwards on Stuart Highway for 70km, then East along the Plenty Highway. Near Jervois Station, we turn East South East into the Simpson Desert to Lindsay Bookies, a senior Arrente Elder and Traditional Owner of the Hay River area. Our camp beside the Hay River, at Lindsay’s Baton Hill site, has flush toilets and hot showers.
• Camping at Baton Hill

Day 2
Farewell our Aboriginal hosts, southwards beside the Red Gum tree lined Hay River bed, usually many birds, sometimes echidnas, kangaroos and lizards. Still on Lindsays’ country , our first bush camp
• Bush Camping.
Day 3
The Coolabahs (Eucalypt Trees) get smaller and further apart as we near the end of the Hay River- actually marked by a Surveyors post. Then south across huge red sand dunes, along a faint track, which is accepted as Australia’s newest 4WD Track. I accompanied Jol Fleming as he navigated across virgin desert in 2004 & 05 to set up this access to and from Lindsays’ country. I was 1 of 2 sole vehicles, of the 350 vehicles that travelled through there in 2007. Poeppells Corner where SA;NT & QLD borders meet. West along the French Line.
• Bush Camping.

Day 4
We turn off the French Line onto the Knolls Track, admire 2 huge Gypsum hills discovered by David Lindsay in the 1880’s, and named by Ted Colson in 1936. To the lesser travelled WAA line. We now slowly go up and over countless sand dunes.
• Bush Camping
Day 5
Todays travel could vary according to our progress across the dunes. Desert travel is not precise, due to the variations Mother Nature denotes, and also our pleasure and interests by being in such a beautiful, remote place. Therefore we may continue west along the WAA line to the Rig road or we may turn south at the Erabena Track to the Lone Gum Tree, and then along the Rig Road to Wonga Corner.
• Bush Camping

Day 6
We leave the dunes behind at Purni Bore, another 70kms to Dalhousie Thermal Springs for a swim in ancient water pushed up from the Great Artesian basin. Through Gibber (Stoney) country to the welcome hospitality of Mt Dare Hotel.
• Dinner,Bed and Breakfast at Mt Dare offers the opportunity to mingle with locals and Simpson Desert Travellers.
Day 7
Our last day gives you another unique experience of desert ecologies – The Finke River flood out waters a thick Coolibah Forest, then returns to the spinifex on the 10,600 sq km of Andado Station.
Desert Matriarch Molly Clark’s classified homestead. The Acacia Peuce forest named in her husbands honour. Northwards we leave the dunes and desert behind, and arrive in Alice Springs late in the afternoon.
Experienced Bushman/Guide
On Board Library
7 Lunches
Morning Tea daily
Fees and Permits at Lindsay Bookies
All Camping equipment
1 night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Mt Dare Hotel


Booking Conditions
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