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What was the first car to cross the Simpson Desert?

What was the first car to cross the Simpson Desert?

Nissan Patrol
They’d crossed approximately 1100 sand dunes in the process. No tracks, no GPS, not even a radio. The vehicle? A short wheelbase Nissan Patrol G60.

How many sand dunes are in the Simpson Desert?

1,100 dunes
Straddling three states, the Simpson Desert is the largest parallel sand dune desert in the world. More than 1,100 dunes, shaped into long red waves by westerly winds, roll from Birdsville in outback Queensland west towards Alice Springs across the top of South Australia.

How cold does it get in the Simpson Desert?

Simpson Desert has mild winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for the Simpson Desert is approximately 19 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 4 °c.

Who discovered the Simpson Desert?

In January 1886 surveyor David Lindsay ventured into the desert from the western edge, in the process discovering and documenting, with the help of a Wangkangurru Aboriginal man, nine native wells and travelling as far east as the Queensland/Northern Territory border.

How much water does it take to cross the Simpson Desert?

Taking your own fuel and water is a must when crossing the Simpson Desert. Calculating how much extra to take is when things can get tricky. For water, the recommended amount is 7 litres of water per person per day, plus enough water to sustain you for an extra 7 days in case of emergency.

Can you have a fire in the Simpson Desert?

No wood fires at any time Solid fuel fires allowed only in portable receptacles (including a bbq, brazier, fire box). Wood fires are allowed, but you must bring your own wood. In Munga-Thirri National Park (formerly Simpson Desert National Park) – in Queensland No fires of any kind are allowed.

Why is it called the Simpson Desert?

Why is it called the Simpson desert? The Simpson Desert is named after Alfred Allen Simpson, an Australian industrialist, philanthropist, geographer, and president of the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. Mr Simpson was the owner of the Simpson washing machine company.

Who was the first person to walk across the Simpson Desert?

In 2006 Lucas Trihey was the first non-indigenous person to walk across the desert through the geographical centre away from vehicle tracks and unsupported. He carried all his equipment in a two-wheeled cart and crossed from East Bore on the western edge of the desert to Birdsville in the east.

Which is the easiest way to cross the Simpson Desert?

Travelling West to East is easier than East to West The main route across the Simpson Desert between Dalhousie Springs and Birdsville is the French Line and QAA Line. You can drive either direction but if you are looking for the easiest route, then drive west to east.

What kind of desert is the Simpson Desert?

Welcome to the expansive Simpson Desert, a largely flat landscape of, well, not very much. This is one the Australia’s most most famous desert crossings, and I am lucky enough to join the Mercedes-Benz crew on their crossing by way of a bunch of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens.

When did David Lindsay discover the Simpson Desert?

The tri-state border is now known as Poeppel Corner. In January 1886 surveyor David Lindsay ventured into the desert from the western edge, in the process discovering and documenting, with the help of a Wangkangurru Aboriginal man, nine native wells and travelling as far east as the Queensland/Northern Territory border.