Trip Leader: John Cunning & Simon Brewin
General Trip Overview
We plan to start the trip from Oodnadatta meeting there on the Wednesday evening 5th. July and crossing the desert at a leisurely pace and a few late starts or early finishes to provide time to sook up the desert.
We will have a full day in Birdsville to look around and then travel home via the corner country taking in Cordillo downs (largest sheep shed in Australia) and then Innamincka and the Dig tree before heading back to Melbourne.
Meeting Point: Oodnadatta, the night before i.e.) Wednesday 5th. July
Trip Standard/Characteristics: Medium,
This is a remote area trip and the desert sands can be quite soft.
The tracks leading from Birdsville an to Oodnadatta can be rough and corrugated.
You will need fuel for at lease 800km of desert driving and food and water for 5 days + emergency requirements in the desert.
Min 6 litres per person per day in the desert.
A desert parks pass is required, these can be purchased on line or from National Parks South Australia (aprox. $160 per vehicle)
Vehicle Requirements: Well maintained vehicle in good condition is essential. good clearance, good all terrain tyres.
Basic mechanical spares suitable for your vehicle should be carried
A second spare tyre should also be carried
Sand Flags that comply to Simpson desert requirements are mandatory
No Trailers, firearms, pets
Vehicle limit: 8
Other Equipment: standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio. The group will carry at least one sat phone, if you have personal recovery beacons please bring these.
Copy of Simpson Desert Birdsville Corner Country.xlsx
Convoy limit: 8 Vehicles
Trip Leader Details:
John Cunning; 0488018070
Simon Brewin; 0409533401