Lake Caroline to Bedourie

En-route in the Northern Simpson Desert

En-route in the Northern Simpson Desert

Lake Caroline to Bedourie

After watching the growing traffic on the Hay River Track and its increasing popularity as a less travelled route north out of the Simpson Desert Jol got to thinking about pioneering another track in eastern Northern Territory and Western Queensland.  And of course, it had to be off road.

In August 2016 Jol led a party of fifteen vehicles from Lake Caroline in a generally easterly direction.  This route crosses the many dunes of the north eastern part of the Simpson Desert and traverses a part of the Simpson nobody has been to.  The route travels ??

There are at least a hundred sand dunes to cross but with an easterly traverse you are approaching the more gently sloping west side of each dune and not the steeper easterly side.  The dunes run roughly north – south.

From Lake Caroline to Bedourie takes a good four days.  Its remote so definitely should not be traversed alone.

Highlights of this route is the diversity of vegetation in the swales between the sand dunes, the absence of animals, very few birds the lack of wheel tracks and the absolute isolation of this part of Australia.

Somebody one of these days might attempt to travel this pioneering route the other way, from east to west but they will need the best vehicles, equipment and off road savvy as the dunes are punishing going in this direction.

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Clare Fleming