Imagine a night in the middle of nowhere, at the junction of the Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory borders with the red sands of the Simpson Desert under your toes, the brilliance of the outback night sky above and a group of friends around the camp fire.
How good would it feel to relax and learn about the constellations or some of the indigenous dreamtime attached to the place the traditional owners call ‘Munga-Thirri’. Discover the beautiful flora and fauna of the ancient desert landscape and the yarns of pioneers, explorers and drovers gone.
You’ll be fed from our amazing camp ovens, cooked before your eyes over the flaming coals in the deep red sand, all whilst enjoying a cool refreshment or a freshly brewed coffee.
This amazing trip is for the time poor traveller who is seeking an extraordinary experience in outback Queensland and wants a tour that is both exhilarating and different.
This small group adventure takes us by air across the fringe and into the Simpson Desert and delivers you to our remote campsite for a fantastic night of hospitality in the real outback.
The tour sees us returning to Birdsville in our capable 4WDs via the QAA Line across the red dunes and beautiful flora that makes up the Simpson Desert.
Top your week off with an optional day tour to either Pippagitta Waterhole or a flight to William Creek for lunch via the magnificent Lake Eyre.
This tour ticks all the outback traveller boxes.
All accommodation is twin share (except when single travellers prefer own camping)
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Whilst your guide will always try to run to the scheduled itinerary, it may at times be necessary to change the itinerary slightly to ensure passengers safety.
Due to the nature of our tours, we recommend you bring clothing that is suitable to the destination including swimming gear and comfortable walking shoes; along with your required toiletries, a towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or activities.
You should also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch and insect repellent (Bushmans).
We also recommend you bring any medication and/or motion sickness tablets (if required),
Your baggage must be limited to one (1) small overnight duffel-style bag per person for your clothing and personal effects.
Our tour is planned around flights in and out of Brisbane to Birdsville and therefore involves an extra few days in Birdsville.
Our tour departs from Birdsville on a Tuesday morning, returning on Wednesday evening. You will need to make your way to Birdsville on Monday either with Rex Airlines scheduled flight ex Brisbane or be there by some other means. Rex Airlines has a scheduled return flight to Brisbane on Friday.
If you are flying, once in Birdsville you’ll need accommodation for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Accommodation can be found at Birdsville Hotel or Birdsville Caravan Park or we have glamping accommodation available within the caravan park.
If you are flying into Birdsville on Rex; please let us know when booking your tour and we will arrange to meet you at the Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.
After your arrival on Monday, there is plenty to see around Birdsville and its many features; and of course its great to have a few cold refreshments at the iconic Birdsville Hotel.
On the Thursday, following our tour, you can relax in Birdsville or we have day tour options available to you which include the Pippagitta Waterhole or Lake Eyre Day Tour. You can access details of both of these optional package tours via our booking website. www.aatt.com.au
Our aim is to assist you in any way we can to arrive safely into Birdsville. We recommend you take out suitable travel insurance to cover your movements in the event of a sudden change of plans.
Our best contact for any travel enquiries is Tracey on 1300 GO AATT (1300 46 2288).
DAY 1: Tuesday: Poeppel Corner (B,L,D)
We will start by picking you up from your nominated accommodation and gather for a wholesome breakfast at the Birdsville Bakery for a tour briefing.
After breakfast and a look around Birdsville, we’ll transfer you to the Birdsville Airport to board a charter flight with Wrightsair. Enjoy a birds eye view of Birdsville before heading west towards Poeppel Corner. Your flight will take you across the Simpson Desert via some of the Diamantina’s features that are best seen from the air.
Upon landing, you’ll be met by our tour guides and they’ll transport you to our campsite for lunch before we get on and explore the desert and its surrounds. Poeppel Corner is the junction of Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory. The desert landscape provides for excellent scenery and an interesting display of flora and fauna is always apparent. Our guides will interpret your surroundings and give you an insight into Munga-Thirri.
Munga-Thirri is the ancestral home of Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi people. Parrallel, wind-blown sand dunes, each up to 30m high and about 1km apart, extend up to 200km in a north-west to south south-east direction. At 1 million hectares this is Queensland’s largest national park.
As the day draws to an end, we’ll have you back at camp to relax and freshen up. Your accommodation will be prepared for you with a comfortable tent and off the ground camp bed. Communal toilet and shower facilities will be available.
We’ll light the fire and get dinner going whilst you sit with friends, enjoy a refreshment and relax in the amazing backdrop of the Simpson Desert and its spectacular sunsets. Lighting the fire and settling in is always a sign of a good day. As the night sky swallows the daylight, the unbelievable star show starts and there is nothing quite like it anywhere! Yarns and stories of travels always ensue which makes for an entertaining night.
We always finish with chocolate.
Accommodation: Poeppel Corner campsite
DAY 2: Wednesday: Birdsville (B,L)
As morning dawns, our percolators will fill the air with that aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the distant sounds of the desert comes to life. We will cook a BBQ breakfast before our guides pack down and break camp for the days activities.
Today we will traverse the QAA Line in an easterly direction towards Birdsville via the Munga-Thirri National Park.
The day is spent traversing the dunes and once again admiring the beauty of the desert. Our guides will work their craft and transport you safely across the desert, up and over the dunes towards home. For those of you that want to experience the drive, we’ll pick out a dune and handover for you to have a go – under our expert instruction. Its hands on and a lot of fun for everybody. We’ll have lunch in the desert before making our way towards Big Red.
Standing at 30 meters in height, this awesome sand dune provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The view from the top is fantastic and if we’re lucky enough, the sunset will be spectacular.
Its then a 40min drive back to Birdsville and we’ll complete the day with a cold beverage on the verandah of the Birdsville Hotel.