Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Gunnedah, NSW, Australia
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a Simpson crossing is basically between Mt Dare ( South Australia ) in the west, & Birdsville ( Queensland ) in the east.
There are 2 main tracks across - The French Line, which is the most direct at approx. 440km, or The Rig Road ( the one we took ) which is over 700km. Pure desert. No facilities of any kind. Hence the 55l of petrol & 20l of water. Did it in 2 1/2 days, stopping to smell the roses ( so to speak ), take photos & just enjoy being out there
yes, the sand is red. Central Australia is also known as The Red Centre. High iron content apparently causes the red
sand is soft & deep but varies considerably from season to season, & even throughout the day. We noticed a big variation between early morning / late afternoon when the sand was quite firm, to the heat of the day when the sand became quite soft & powdery. There had been good rain through there a month earlier which helped with conditions, but extended dry periods ( the norm ) can make it much harder with the sand being very dry & powdery