12 - Simmo in the Simpson Desert

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Simpson Desert

The Simpson is one of the iconic places to go 4 wheel driving in Australia.  We chat about the some of the interesting history of the Desert, along with the best ways to tackle Desert driving.  Ian has been through the Desert 3 times and has a wealth of experience in Desert driving as well as the high country.

We discuss how to prepare for travelling across the Simpson Desert, what time of year is best and some of the great sites to see along the way.

 

We also discuss Ian's unique connection with the history of the Desert.


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Submitted by Young Nomads Young Nomads
Thanks Les...I'll look at the map to see the route you think you'd take next time...There are few track posts on Hema Explorer that I have loaded up too...Ive downloaded quite a few satellite/ topo maps onto my tablet, so we may get a better idea of our course too...
I much appreciate your "can do" attitude Les...have come across so much negativity from a few forums now...it's refreshing to see positivity. :)
Submitted by Les PK Ranger Les PK Ranger
It's like another world out there without half formed tracks, going any way but up / down the corridors in there makes Madigan look pretty easy, though this is of course very isolated still.

I would only try it again partially (if going for the Hill again) going west - east direction, and even then use the corridors more to exit.
Perhaps in from Colson to the Hill via Geosurveys Base A fuel dump, then maybe attempt across to the Centre that direction . . . coming from the East it was harder for sure.
Then exit up to Madigan, or south to FL as we got out last May.

After doing this, any of the normal Simmo lines seems like a drive down to the corner store.
Submitted by Young Nomads Young Nomads
Thanks Les...
Looking forward to our trip in June..The 2 Geo's...missed them last year when we crossed the Madigan.
Submitted by Les PK Ranger Les PK Ranger
Young Nomads
Hey Les...I'm trying to actually find your trip report you have mentioned..but I can only find your pre trip posts...Is it somewhere else?
Cheers
Robyn
Whoops, posted the pre trip link there . . .

The TR is on page 2 of the SA Trip Reports, link is . . .
http://4x4earth.com/forum/index.php...may-3rd-10th-2015-epic-tiring-but-epic.35868/
Submitted by Young Nomads Young Nomads
Les PK Ranger
Yep, the Geo Centre will suck it out of the tanks pretty fast.
See out Trip Report here from May last year . . . Simpson Geo Centre - May 2015
We have 3.0lt TDIs using near 200lt !!
It was tough going the way we did though, from either FL or Madigan is the easiest, would be a relative cake walk compared to virtual cross country.
Hey Les...I'm trying to actually find your trip report you have mentioned..but I can only find your pre trip posts...Is it somewhere else?
Cheers
Robyn
Submitted by Les PK Ranger Les PK Ranger
Yep, the Geo Centre will suck it out of the tanks pretty fast.
See out Trip Report here from May last year . . . Simpson Geo Centre - May 2015
We have 3.0lt TDIs using near 200lt !!
It was tough going the way we did though, from either FL or Madigan is the easiest, would be a relative cake walk compared to virtual cross country.
Submitted by Young Nomads Young Nomads
billolga
For the Simpson without the Geo Centre you mentioned to me, that sounds fine.
Hi billolga.
In July this year, we also are doing the Geocentre of the Simpson and including Geosurveyors Hill, south of the Madigan Line. (which we did last year)
Last years Madigan trip: 750kms..22L/100 towing Tvan...TDA 100 Series Landcruiser...Dunes bigger and softer than the Simpson.
We had a total of 320L on board
(260L in the Tojo fuel tanks and 60 Litres in gerries in the TVan.)..of which we had plenty of, when we got to Birdsville...that's from our last fill up at Mt Dare
Looking forward to a few more bumps.
Hopefully, with this rain happening in the desert at the moment, we will get across the Warburton and up the K1 without any trouble.
Submitted by cookie64 cookie64
Charlie Sapienza
Thanks for the info

Thanks Cookie must of been hard stuck in the pub how did you cope
It was hard work which required phoning a mate in Adelaide to let him know that we were still stuck and having a beer - each day :)

You sound like me Charlie, a planner, I tend to plan everything including food for each day and we always have a back up plan such as getting stuck

cheers
Submitted by billolga billolga
Charlie Sapienza
thank for the information i only got this 4x4 about 9 months ago and i am still getting a feel for it my problem is it's not my daily driver and i trying to get to put mile on it. mine is only a 3.0Lt so i thinking 2 Jerry cans
thank for your help and again good pod cast
For the Simpson without the Geo Centre you mentioned to me, that sounds fine.
Submitted by Charlie Sapienza Charlie Sapienza
Thanks guys I've sat down and did the math based on Unko's 20Lt per hundred as worse case and i know what I'm going to do. also cookie detailed information is a gold mine for fuel stops
thanks again
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