Madigan Line Simpson Desert Expedition-Special Tours
Special Tours

Madigan Line Simpson Desert Expedition




For Bookings please call our partners for this expedition, Moon Tours on +61 3 5981 9278 or click here

Starting at the iconic country town of Birdsville, home to the old Birdsville Pub and the infamous Birdsville races where we’ll head out the next day to Big Red and north to Madigan’s camp 16 and 15 before turning West and into the Northern heart of the Simpson Desert. Large dunes, often no tracks led by GPS we make our way across this remote area of the Simpson to Madigan’s camp 1A. Onto Old Andado station, a living, breathing historic monument to Outback farmers en route to civilisation and Mt Dare Station.

Day One – lunch & dinner

Depart Birdsville after breakfast. Not included

Onto Big Red (40km)

Travel via Dickerie Waterhole O/N Kudaree W/H (120km)

Day Two – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Over night at Camp 16 (90km cross country)

Day Three – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Over night at Camp 12 (70km cross country)

Day Four – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Over night at Camp 7 (80km cross country)

Day Five – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Over night at Camp 5 (50km cross country)

Day Six – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Over night at Camp 1A (60km cross country)

Day Seven – breakfast & lunch

Onto Old Andado homestead (70km)

Over night at Mt Dare homestead (170km) Dinner in the pub. Not included

Day eight

Finish trip, depart Mt Dare for home.

*Please note this itinerary should be give or take a day depending on track conditions, group pace and or any mechanical issues that could arise.


Only the best roof over your head will do on this expedition. The southern night sky.

You will have the option to book a cabin at Mt Dare and Birdsville, we recommend you do this in advance directly.

As you would expect the best accommodation on the planet can be found out here sleeping under the biggest canvas in the world, the Southern Cross and Milky Way, out here the night sky is lit with stars, a view you can only get in the desert.

We highly recommend a good swag on a stretcher with some warm bedding inside, it can get cold at night out here.


Fully Catered by 4WDining chefs Michelle & Jules

Professional chef prepared meals includes tea and coffee, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, antipasto and dinner. Think pork belly, poached eggs benedict, home made bread and baguettes, roast lamb. See an example menu below.

Each vehicle will be required to have a good fridge and will be given a food pack from the chef to carry. You will be required to carry your own water and non alcoholic beverages such as soft drink, beer or wine.

Example Menu

Day 1

  • Lunch Wrap w/ free range chicken breast, homemade aioli, cos lettuce + cheese
  • Dinner Free range Pork chops chargrilled on the Webber w/ creamy mash potatoes, green beans + pink peppercorn sauce.

Day 2

  • Breakfast Pancetta omelette w/ multigrain toast + homemade tomatoes chutney
  • Lunch Wrap w/ Michelle homemade Greek meatballs, hummus + cabbage salad.
  • Dinner Homemade Greek meatballs w/ brown rice, + pickled cabbage salad + homemade tahini sauce.

Day 3

  • Breakfast Michelle’s pancake stack w/ berry compote + whipped cream or honey
  • Lunch Baguette w/ pork belly, BBQ sauce, homemade aioli + coleslaw salad.
  • Dinner Mediterranean chicken pasta in Napoli sauce topped with parmesan cheese.

Day 4

  • Breakfast muesli w/ poached pears + honey.
  • Lunch Homemade beef + vegetable pasty w/ tomato chutney.
  • Dinner Pork belly slow cooked in the Webber w/ apple sauce, beetroot mash + pickled vegetables.

Day 5

  • Breakfast Scrambled egg w/ smoked bacon, homemade bake beans on multigrain toast.
  • Lunch Homemade sausage rolls w/ tomato chutney
  • Dinner Beef roast in the Webber w/ mash potato, grilled asparagus, and served with juices from the pan + Dijon mustard.

Day 6

  • Breakfast Homemade muesli w/ milk blueberry’s + honey.
  • Lunch Wrap w/ roast beef, green pickles, mustard, homemade aioli, + cos lettuce
  • Dinner Free range smoked chicken breast pasta w/ pumpkin, pine nuts, peas, pancetta in a white wine + cream sauce

Day 7

  • Breakfast Eggs benedict w/ poached eggs, smoked leg ham w/ hollandaise sauce on muffins
  • Lunch Baguette w/ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, coleslaw salad. + green pickles.
  • Dinner Pancetta risotto w/ sweet potatoes, cream, fresh parsley + parmesan cheese.

Day 8

  • Breakfast Homemade bircher muesli w/ poached pears + honey.



Its a big journey we can guarantee a few tyre punctures at minimum, its vital you have your car prepped properly, and adequately insured.

Vehicle preparation
Every vehicle will be required to have, at the absolute minimum the following.
  • Pre trip inspection carried out by a reputable 4WD work shop, not your local car mechanic. (We recommend Outback 4WD if you’re in Melbourne)
  • Radio with external aerial
  • GPS with appropriate maps (we recommend downloading the HEMA Australia app and maps)
  • Bull bar
  • Snorkel
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Heavy Duty all terrain tyres
  • Dual Battery system (we will be moving every day with other vehicles so you may get away without this, make sure you have a good battery and low current drawing fridges and lights)
  • Fridge
  • Camp lighting
  • If your using a roof rack it needs to be HEAVY DUTY
  • Two spare tyres on rims
  • Basic tyre repair kit with plugs
  • Basic recovery equipment. Snatch straps, shackles, shovel, axe, heavy duty jack or air jack
  • Compressor and tyre gauge
  • Basic tool kit
  • Fire extinguisher

The bike preparation

  • Pre trip inspection by your local workshop, your bike should be in tip top shape
  • We recommend Moose Tubes
  • Hydra pack
  • Basic spares kit including replacement filters
  • Body armour and suitable riding gear, it can be warm during the days and dusty
How much fuel do I need
  • Minimum 200 litres depending on your vehicle
  • Minimum 70 litres based on 10lt/100km, that would get across most of the good stuff
How much water do I need
  • 40 to 50 liters per person, 80 – 100 liters per car
What camping equipment do I need?
  • Swag or tent, warm bedding for cold nights
  • Recommend a stretcher these days
  • Camp chair
  • Cuttlery and dishwashing
  • Head torch and camp light
  • Axe, shovel
Minimum Spares Kit Recommended 
  • Fan belts
  • Oil
  • Radiator stop leak
  • Radiator hose tape
  • Two spares tyres on rims
  • Fuses
  • Air Filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Brake Fluid
  • Engine oil


1 person / 1 vehicle $3500 inc GST, additional passenger / co-driver $1500 inc GST per person.

Includes – Guide vehicle, support vehicle and catering vehicle with chefs, all meals including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, tea, and coffee where included in itinerary. Private land access, Aboriginal Land Council permission, camping fees at Birdsville and Mt Dare. 

 For Bookings please call our partners for this expedition, Moon Tours on +61 3 5981 9278 or click here

Tour Details

Tour Date Start 06-07-2018 8:00 am
Tour End Date 13-07-2018 6:00 pm
Registration Start Date 24-10-2017
Cut off date 30-05-2018
Simpson Desert
Birdsville QLD 4482, Australia
Simpson Desert
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