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Simpson Desert

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Ranked #960 of 4,488 Attractions in Australia
Type: Deserts
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Torquay, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We spent two weeks with an amazing group including our tour leader Paul Stafford from Tagalong Tours. If the Simpson Desert is on your wish list don't hesitate to do it with Paul's groups -his knowledge and relaxed organisation are a good mix that work. Plus the support from the other group members was fantastic. Jenny and Ken

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

we crossed the Simpson desert as part of a trans continental trip back 12 months ago and i can honestly say it was the trip of a lifetime.Be warned and be prepared and go with a group particularly a group with a good bush mechanic.The camping spots, the flora and the fauna were something to be experienced .A good 4... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The desert is wonderful! You cross over 1000 dunes. The view from the top of each dune is magnificent. Camping in the valleys between the dunes is lovely. Of the tour (about 2 weeks), about 3.5 days are spent in the desert. We did this trip with Great Divide Tagalong Tours. The pre-trip organisation of this company is excellent -... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I have just come back for this wonderful trip which started in Alice Springs and ended in Cunnamulla. Paul Stafford from Cairns was the leader of the group. We went at a pace that allowed us to stop for photos and enjoy the experience. If you have always wanted to go across the Simpson but do not have any experience... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It has a 1000 valleys,this wilderness of sand,but they are far from gentle and green. Their floors and walls are studded with wart-like spinifex mounds that hinder any form of progress. The ridge tops glow orange and red in the unyielding sun. The occasional stream that flows spasmodically from the mountains to the north,soon vanishes with scarcely a puddle to... More

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Brisbane, Qld
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Trip of a lifetime, travelling from Alice Springs south to Mount Dare then across the vast Simpson Desert to Birdsville and then onto Innamincka. I tagged along with Paul Stafford of Tagalong Tours and 5 other vehicles, an excellent way to enjoy the journey. A great itinerary with plenty of historical sites, enhanced by Paul's excellent knowledge, you get a... More

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nsw australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Well what a great open space to go to.The dunes are great but the holes from people driving with the incorrect tyre pressure are not. That in the main negative.The springs and bores change the whole landscape. Don't just do the French Line do a few detours Calston Track . WAA line, see the lone gum, and take your time... More

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Brisbane, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A total of 7 vehicles and 13 adults travelled from the Alice, down to Finke and across to Birdsville. We did this with the excellent help of Paul Stafford and his trusty side kick Jim from Tagalong Tours. The title of this trip was drawn from Tagalong Tours use of the word “Semi catered”. Much story telling was made about... More

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Gold Coast
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9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We travelled through the Simpson Desert as part of a Paul Stafford 'Tagalong Tours of Australia' trip. To say the desert is stunning is an understatement. It is magnificent- over a thousand sandhills (with Big Red just west of Birdsville), numerous clay pans, salt pans, grey-green spinifex and mulga trees, and red dirt as far as the eye can see... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were a group 4 wheel drive travellers from Adelaide heading towards the outback via Innaminka and Birdsville for the desert in late September. What a spellbouding and spiritual place it is! It is by far the most tranquil and awe inspiring trip. We took the longer route heading down along Rigg Road. This was a more difficult but rewarding... More

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