2016 Desert

Eleven thousand, nine hundred and forty-nine kilometres from the east coast through the deserts of Central and Western Australia and home again,


Our camp in the Simpson Desert was surrounded with a vast variety of wildflowers.


The following pages outline our 50 day road trip through the deserts of Central and Western Australia from June to August, 2016.

There were five vehicles in our party, two Toyotas, a Nissan, an Isuzu and our Jeep Grand Cherokee. Once we reached the Northern territory / Western Australian border, our trip mostly followed roads made by Len Beadell’s road construction crew in the 1950’s and 60’s. The homeward journey travelled over the Gunbarrel Highway then the French Line over the Simpson Desert.

The following list can be used to navigate to the various legs of our trip.

Leg 1 – Home to Uluru

Leg 2 – Uluru to Docker River

Leg 3 – The Sandy Blight Junction Road

Leg 4 – The Gary Junction Road, WA

Leg 5 – Gary Highway, Windy Corner, Talawana Track to Georgia Bore on the Canning Stock Route, WA

Leg 6 – Rudall National Park, WA

Leg 7 – Rudall National Park to Wiluna, WA

Leg 8 – Gunbarrel Highway to Warburton

Leg 9 – Gunbarrel Highway to Warrakunna

Leg 10 – Warrakunna to Mt Connor

Leg 11 – Mt Connor – Alice Springs

Leg 12 – Alice Springs to Dalhousie Springs

Leg 13 – Simpson Desert Day 1 and 2

Leg 14 – Simpson Desert Day 3, 4 and 5 to Birdsville

Car and Fuel