The Simpson Desert
The Simpson Desert lies in the "dead heart" of Australia, comprising an area of over 176,000 kilometres straddling the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australian borders. It is the fourth largest desert in Australia and contains the worlds longest parallel sand dunes ranging in height from three metres in the west of the desert and up to forty metres in the east, the Simpson is classed as an Erg or a sea of sand.
Old Andado Station 25°22'45"S 135°26'26"E
I shall begin my crossing from the historic, Old Andado station which straddles the western border of the Simpson desert, approximately 530 kilometres by road south east from Alice Springs.
From Old Andado I will walk in a easterly direction for aproximately 165 kilometres to the geographical centre of the Simpson.
Geographical Centre 25°21'58"S 137°05'05"E
Continuing on from the geographical centre I will proceed in a south easterly direction towards the town of Birdsville, Queensland, and after a further 235 kilometres should finish my journey at the Birdsville Hotel....... with a cold beer or two!