Simpson Desert 4WD tour to the Big Red Bash concertAugust 22 2019
The Geelong 4WD & Camping/Ironman PX2 Ranger has just completed a month long 7,000klm trip road testing the impressive new Falken Wildpeak M/T tyres with our ultimate destination being the Big Red Bash concert on the edge of The Simpson Desert!
The trip was a great test of man, woman and machines with a route that took us through Port Augusta, Woomera, Coober Pedy and then on to some of the greatest natural wonders in the Australian Outback including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Hermannsburg, Palm Valley, Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Standley Chasm before leading us into Alice Springs where we spent an educational day at the Alice Springs Desert Park before a final reload of supplies.
The next leg of the journey was the most remote and slowest as we traveled during the next 6 days travelling the 700klms from Jervois Station down the Hay River Track joining the Simpson Desert near Poeppel’s Corner to follow the QAA line East into Birdsville.
A 2 day visit to Bedourie (180klm north of Birdsville) in the Dimantina Shire for the Annual Camel and Pig Races was an absolute jewel of an event on our trip and fitted in neatly before the Big Red Bash.
To see Midnight Oil perform in the Centre of Outback Australia, the heartland of the Country that they protect so vigorously was definitely the highlight of the 3 Day Concert, although so many of the other performers delivered outstanding performances, The Living End, Chocolate Starfish, Richard Clapton, Casey Chambers, Bjorn Again, The Chantoozies, The Eurogliders and 1927 just to mention some of them.
With a leisurely departure for the journey home via the Birdsville Track we encountered our only significant hiccup at Mungerannie when we lost a wheel bearing on our camper. Fortunately this did not really impact on our schedule it just forced a change in route via Adelaide to source and replace the bearings… lesson learned…never travel without spares.
As a result of our forced detour we were able to visit the Coorong (for the first time) and then onto Robe for the final night before home. All in all it was an unforgettable trip with great memories, a trouble free run on the Falken Wildpeak tyres and many places crossed off ”The Bucket List”. If you would like any tips for a serious off road trip to the Outback then please drop in and talk to our experienced team at Geelong 4WD and Camping or contact us.