Hi,

I am heading out the Simpson again this year, this time doing a North/South Crossing along the Hay River.

Haven't made any detailed plans yet, other than leaving Melbourne on the 29th of September an allow up to 4 weeks to get back to Melbourne.

There are permits involved (Hay River permit, SA desert parks pass, camping permits and fees).

That's my 4th Simpson crossing (all done solo before), happy to include surroundings if there is any interest.

You need a good working truck, with enough storage for fuel, water, beer - it's pretty remote.

 

you need fuel for about 1000km slow going sand driving.

 

Rough trip plan:

Gemtree (Last Fuel stop) to Batton hill to Poeppel Corner

From Poeppel corner depending on weather and track conditions I'd like to do a bit of a dog leg west/south to keep going via Rig Road and head out via Warbuton Crossing. If the tracks are open and there is enough fuel left I might go via Inside Track to Birdsville.

 

Permits:

 

Hay River transit permit - $200 per vehicle

Batton Hill Camping - $20 per person

SA Desert Parks Pass - $160 per vehicle http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/entry-fees/parks-passes/desert-parks-pass

Optional there are guided tours available at Batton Hill too.

 

I will organise the Hay River permit as a group permit (dead line 01/09/2017). Camping fees are payable in cash at camp.

 

 

Date Description From To Driving km Driving hrs
Sunday, 1 October 2017 Meet & Greet Coober Pedy Coober Pedy 0 0
Monday, 2 October 2017 Long Driving Day (HWY) Coober Pedy Henbury Craters 600 7
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 Craters/Shop in Alice Henbury Craters Zircon 300 4
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 Plenty HWY Zircon Batton Hill 400 6
Thursday, 5 October 2017 Hay River tk Batton Hill Hay River tk 80 4
Friday, 6 October 2017 Lake Caroline Hay River tk Hay River tk 100 4
Saturday, 7 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 60 4
Sunday, 8 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 60 4
Monday, 9 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 50 4
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 Poeppel Corner Hay River tk Poeppel Corner 50 4
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 K1 / Warburton Poeppel Corner K1 90 4
Thursday, 12 October 2017 K1 / Warburton K1 Warburton 90 4
Friday, 13 October 2017 Warburton Warburton Crossing Inside track 90 4
Saturday, 14 October 2017 Inside track Inside track Birdsville 90 4

 

Cheers

Andre

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John (Redlux)
Hi Andre when you say north to south what track where you planing to take, I was originally looking at the French line ,which is west to eas
15 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Hi John,
it's in the titel - "hay river" - thats the track from the Plenty down to Poepel corner
15 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
added some trip notes
15 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Permit details added
15 Jul 2017
Steve (Cruiser55)
Hi Andre. This looks like a great trip which I'd love to come on but alas some long overdue home renovations have to take priority.

On the way back from the Cape last year I came down the Plenty and stayed overnight at Jervois Station. It had fuel and a reasonable camp ground next to a creek - $15 pp including hot showers. Being a couple hundred kms east of Gem Tree it could be a good place to top up your tanks before heading down Hay River.
17 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Steve (Cruiser55) wrote: Hi Andre. This looks like a great trip which I'd love to come on but alas some long overdue home renovations have to take priority.

On the way back from the Cape last year I came down the Plenty and stayed overnight at Jervois Station. It had fuel and a reasonable camp ground next to a creek - $15 pp including hot showers. Being a couple hundred kms east of Gem Tree it could be a good place to top up your tanks before heading down Hay River.
Yep, my planning is always based on 2nd last when going for long trips as there is always the option of something not working or no fuel at the last stop you are counting on.
Not planning on camping there, as Batton hill is just around the corner
17 Jul 2017
John (Redlux)
I tried to message but couldn't, to you question we will not be coming back to Melbourne, after the Simpson we will head of to Alice & the rock. We are taking a six week break .
Go idea to catch up.
18 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
In that case a north / south crossing is not really gonna work for you.
But I am happy to switch it around to south / north and finish in Alice.
I used to be a tour guide in central australia driving tourists from alice to the rock ;)
18 Jul 2017
John (Redlux)
Hi. That wouldn' matter as we are taking a camper & leaving it on the way & going back for it after the Simpson. Have you got a suggestion of where to leave it. Where did you say you where starting from.
18 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
I guess you can leave it at Jervois station - would be surprised if they say no.
18 Jul 2017
John (Redlux)
Hi Andre what do think time to catch up & discuss the trip & make sure we are on the same page which I think we are
19 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Anyone else interested in a catch-up ?
20 Jul 2017
Gary Mudgway (Mudge1)
Im in Darwin till mid August, will leave it to you guys.
21 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Lucky you!
21 Jul 2017
John (Redlux)
Hi Andre what did you think about catching up, if ok can make it say at the Settlement Hotel one day or night in the next couple of weeks & any one else.
23 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
John (Redlux) wrote: Hi Andre what did you think about catching up, if ok can make it say at the Settlement Hotel one day or night in the next couple of weeks & any one else.
What about the 12th of August?
Who else can make it?
24 Jul 2017
John (Redlux)
12 is good for me, great if others will come & join us.
24 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Here is a link to what I think the trip could look like. Anything pass Poeppel corner is an option only. Actual decisions to be made when appropriate.
http://wctrip.co/au/258519/269923074
31 Jul 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Andre (andre) wrote: Here is a link to what I think the trip could look like. Anything pass Poeppel corner is an option only. Actual decisions to be made when appropriate.
http://wctrip.co/au/258519/269923074
Hey John, looks like it's only us on Saturday. What's a good time for you? I am free all day.

Cheers
Andre
08 Aug 2017
John (Redlux)
Hi Andre thanks for the opportunity to complete the trip with but we need to revert back to our original plans & we are just going to do the French Line from west to east. Hope the trip goes well, but feel free to join us if you want. John
09 Aug 2017
John (Redlux)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: We originally wanted to do the west to east, but thought we could work in with this one. We are meeting friends in Alice and just won't have time to do the north to south. Look forward to maybe joining Andre somewhere else.
09 Aug 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
We might cross path, quite literally ;)
Time pressure is one thing you don't want to pack for a Simpson trip.
Have a good trip.
09 Aug 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
To the people who have shown "interest" in the trip
How are your plans? I'd love to hear from you.
By the end of the month I have to hand in the permit application for the Hay River track.

Kind Regards
Andre
15 Aug 2017
Jack (bootlegjack)
[Private Message Sent] - If you are GOING, please check your inbox.
25 Aug 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
updated trip details
27 Aug 2017
Trip Leader Andre (andre)
Have sent the permit application off.
01 Sep 2017
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2 adults
Trip Date
01-Oct-2017 (Sun) to 15-Oct-2017 (Sun)

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8:30 AM (Sun, 01-Oct-2017)

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