Simpson Offroad
Simpson Desert Offroad Expedition
Simpson Desert Offroad Expedition
Simpson Desert Offroad Expedition
Simpson Desert Offroad Expedition
Simpson Desert Offroad Expedition


AUD 3870.00

This is a special 4×4 offroad expedition across the Simpson Desert and not for the faint of heart. It negotiates tracks less travelled, shot lines, cut lines, and above all no tracks at all. The expedition intersects dune and swale in an adventurous 4×4 cross country traverse of a rarely seen, desert environment. The 2020 edition expedition explores Geosurveys Hill, the Geo-Centre of the Simpson Desert and the Kilpatha crossing. The Simpson OffRoad Expedition is an annual trip and changes route every year, consequently spaces are strictly limited. It is the expedition for adventurous 4WD drivers only and also those willing to pit their skills and vehicle against Australia’s arid heart.

2020 Expedition | NOT AVAILABLE
2021 Expedition | TBC

  • Type Duration
    12 Days
  • Style
  • Track Class Very Difficult
  • Group Size Small

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“Former crossings had all ended in failure… This little desert was obviously a tough nut to crack, and the journey was not one to be lightly undertaken.”
– CT Madigan Crossing the Dead Heart

It is a place of beauty, resilience, contrasting moods and colour. Its windswept landscape comprises more than 1,100 dunes, shaped into long red waves by westerly winds, exhibiting a diversity of landforms and providing habitats for a range of flora and fauna. It’s steeped in Aboriginal and European history and is of great ecological and cultural importance as well as one of Australia’s great wilderness areas.

Sand dunes unfold over 100s of kms in an seemingly endless procession of towering crests and swales (interdune). It is the biggest and best example of a parallel sand dune desert. Located in Australia’s arid heart it receives marginally more rain the Sahara Desert (approx 130mm) and while the landscape might seem consistent and familiar the biological and geological change is quite significant.

This is not the conventional traverse of the desert. This expedition changes every year finding different and challenging ways to cross the Simpson. The 2019 edition is hinged around Reg Sprigg’s 1964 south- north expedition taking in Geosurveys Hill and the geo-centre of the Simpson Desert. Should be a lot of fun with good technical driving skills required to combat the pitfalls of the desert sands. There’s a lot of history associated with this expedition and some other surprises you wouldn’t expect to find this deep into the desert.

The Simpson is host to some of the best 4×4 driving in Australia. An endless horizon, rolling sand dunes and challenging desert four wheel drive tracks all contribute to an ultimate frontier experience. Travelling through this desert region means exploring territory very few people have seen.

The importance of preparation when travelling the Simpson cannot be stressed enough. The basic requirements for a safe and successful crossing, the dependence on food, water, fuel and maps in the absence of any supplies en route make this crossing an true expeditionary adventure.

Waypoint Expeditions supplies a support vehicle fully equipped with recovery equipment, satellite phone, GPS tracking equipment, emergency locator beacon and remote area first aid equipment.

Each Waypoint Expedition is a carefully thought out, planned, and researched route to provide you with a unique experience where you not just “tag along” but participate in culture of place. We hope, by the time you have finished your journey with us, you will have a new appreciation of the cultural and historical significance of the Simpson Desert as well as its importance as one of Australia’s great wilderness areas.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


  • 12 days of intermediate to advanced 4WDing
  • Invaluable tips and tricks to combat Australia’s desert regions
  • Local expert and touring guide
  • Knowledge about indigenous and European history of the area
  • Knowledge about flora and fauna native to the area
  • 11 nights of million star camping
  • Central Land Council Permit Fees
  • Munga-Thirri National Park Fees
  • Munga-Thirri camping fees
  • Chambers Pillar access and camping fees
  • Private land owner fees
  • Welcome (Diplomat) and farewell (Birdsville) dinners with complimentary drink.
  • Satellite comms & tracking
  • Remote Area Qualilfied and Outback 1st Aid Kit
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


  • Insurance
  • 4WD Recovery costs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • UHF Radios (can be hired)
  • Camping equipment

The Simpson Off Road  traverses through the Simpson Desert and is very remote. It is a bush camping expeditionary experience – and takes in the north Simpson Desert.

  • Chambers Pillar
  • Old Andado
  • Mac Clark Reserve
  • Marshall Bluff
  • The Twins
  • The Strip
  • Geosurvey Hill
  • Geo-Centre of the Simpson Desert
  • Thomas Well
  • Kilpatha Well
  • Munga-Thirri NP
  • Eyre Creek System
  • Big Red
  • Land systems in the desert
  • Plant Life
  • Bird Life
  • Mammals, past and present
  • Reptilian Life
  • Aboriginal occupation
  • European exploration
  • Recreation boom
  • Conservation and the future…
Respect the DESERT

Please make best efforts to minimise impact on the desert environment

  • Keep to well-defined access routes across the desert to avoid damaging the vegetation and fragile landscape
  • Rubbish comes out – place in strong plastic bags (do not bury, it will be dug up)
  • Keep the camp clean and tidy
    • Burn or bury toilet paper
    • Keep dirty/soapy water away from natural water supplies
    • Conserve firewood
  • Use of firearms and chainsaws is not permitted
  • Abide by fireban regulations
  • Do not feed animals
  • Every animal, plant and rock is protected
  • Aboriginal and European artefacts/sites are protected

Simpson Offroad Expedition is 1050km

Alice Springs [119km] Maryvale

Maryvale [160km] Finke

Finke {750km] Birdsville

Yes – the longest distance between fuel stops is 750km through mostly 4WD terrain. Recommend 3 x 20lt jerries of additional fuel for most vehicles.

I run a 4.2 Diesel naturally aspirated 6 cyl with 180lt between 2 tanks. It covers 800km easily running between 15-20 litres per 100km depending on conditions and terrain.

This question is about preference and capacity but recommended you carry at least 50lt of drinking water and 50lt of general usage water. There may opportunity to refill general usage but the longest time between drinking water refills is 9 days.

No. Unfortunately due the difficult nature of some of the tracks, the fragility of the environment and other considerations, camper trailers and caravans are not allowed. Please see the Trip Info page for transport options to move your towed assets.

4WDs that have medium to high clearance and a high/low transfer case, with a quality set of springs and shock absorbers as well as All Terrain / Mud Terrain tyres with at least 70% tread. UHF Radio either hand held or fitted is a must as well. These expeditions are not suitable for AWDs.

WayPoint will assist and guide you in the basic skills of 4WD driving and sustainable 4WD driving to suit the terrain in which we will travel however consider doing a 4WD course prior to the trip as some advanced off road techniques will be required.

No more than 200km per day. Most days are between 50-80km. We discuss the following day’s events around the campfire at night, or at our morning briefing sessions before departure. We are normally on the road at 9.30am each morning and stop for lunch between 12pm-1pm. We stop at all points of interest throughout the day and try to set up camp around 3.30-4pm each day.

We will do our best to get you going again but if we can’t, we will discuss the options of getting your vehicle recovered and to where it can be repaired. We strongly recommend you have cover with a nationwide motoring association and also take out travel insurance.

Absolutely! You will get plenty of time to explore, bushwalk, fish, photograph, stargaze and take in the beauty and grandeur of the places we visit.

SIMPSON OFFROAD EXPEDITION is available once a season. There is a similar option – EXPEDITION MADIGAN (EAST) also available once a season. Bookings can be made online via the payment gateway or an offline booking form.

The most important thing to pack is a sense of adventure. Don’t worry if you have misplaced yours as you will soon find it on the tour! Once your place has been confirmed a briefing kit with all the information you will need will be sent to you. It will contain list of suggestions, spare parts, maps, camping requirements, etc.

If you become sick on the trip all efforts will be made to maintain your comfort and enjoyment. Our Expedition Leaders are first aid trained (Remote Area First Aid) and experienced in emergency management. In the event of an emergency the tour leader carries a Spot Tracker emergency beacon for emergency assistance and a  Sat phone. Vehicles are also fitted with UHF radios for local radio contact and satellite tracking.