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MOST peo­ple would call us crazy for at­tempt­ing the trip to Birdsville in a Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport, but even though its stylish ex­te­rior is bet­ter suited to fer­ry­ing kids to week­end sport, it’s a lot tougher than you’d ex­pect.

The Dis­cov­ery Sport has the style of a Range Rover Evoque with the a Dis­cov­ery badge. It’s packed with Land Rover’s Selecter­rain sys­tem, wade sen­sors and a 360-de­gree-vis­i­bil­ity sur­round cam­era sys­tem.

When I picked up my trusty sil­ver steed for an all-girls trip to the races – led by our friend Dave Dar­mody from Aus­tralian Of­froad Academy – I did won­der if the Disco would make it. The Birdsville Track has a rep­u­ta­tion of shred­ding tyres, par­tic­u­larly after rains and around race week, so we were in trou­ble if we ar­rived just be­fore it was due for grad­ing. Luck­ily that wasn’t the case, and the Dis­cov­ery kept up with the con­voy with an ease and grace we didn’t ex­pect.

As the land­scape changed to gib­ber and sun­burnt plains, though, so did the Dis­cov­ery Sport’s com­fort lev­els. We found leav­ing the Selec-ter­rain sys­tem in Nor­mal mode pro­vided the nicest ride.

For­tu­nately, we made it to Birdsville with­out any trou­ble, and it was look­ing like I was go­ing to re­turn to the 4X4 of­fice with brag­ging rights in­tact.

That was un­til we blew a tyre not far from Big Red. I still made it to the top of Big Red, but I can’t say the same for ‘Hi Ho Sil­ver’.

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