THE SIMPSON DESERT EXPEDITION (SDE)

Our first ever expedition was west to east across the Simpson Desert in 1976, and in the subsequent years we have made a further 18 crossings. Each of those expeditions has taken a different traverse, never repeating a route. Some have begun at Andado Station and finished at Mount Knuckey near the NT/QLD border, others have begun on Macumba Station in the southeast and terminated at Eyre Creek west of Birdsville. Occasionally we have 'gone the opposite way' and begun on the eastern fringe and finished in the southwest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Signature Simpson Desert Expedition is a west to east crossing from Old Andado to Birdsville. We call it "Australia's Horizontal Mount Everest" as the minimum distance walked is 400 kilometres. The expedition terminates outside the iconic Birdsville Hotel, which makes it probably the world's only cross-desert camel expedition that finishes at a pub! We last conducted our signature expedition in 2006, but since then have made two Northern Simpson Expeditions from west to northeast in 2009 and 2010.

 

As we are currently working with Australian Desert Expeditions on their ecological & scientific surveys, we are unlikely to operate a complete West-East SDE again in the near future. However, ADE are operating a 27-day Central Simpson Desert Expedition (Scientific Survey) in June/July 2018.

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Rex Ellis arrives in Birdsville in 1976 at the completion of the first Simpson Desert Expedition since CT Madigan's 1939 expedition.

The 2000 SDE outside the Birdsville Hotel.

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