TRAVEL PLANNER

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This area is re­mote and you need to be well-equipped and ex­pe­ri­enced at desert travel. Any re­cov­ery out here is time­con­sum­ing and very ex­pen­sive. The route was easy to fol­low, but dry, windy con­di­tions may cover the tracks, mak­ing good nav­i­ga­tion es­sen­tial.

PER­MITS

A per­mit is re­quired from the Cen­tral Lands Coun­cil (CLC) to travel the Madi­gan Line. It’s easy to get and free: www.clc.org.au/ ar­ti­cles/info/ap­pli­ca­tion-for-anen­try-per­mit

If you have any queries, phone: (08) 8951 6211.

If you head south on the Hay River Track to the pub­lic ac­cess routes, you re­quire a Desert Parks Pass from NPSA: www. en­vi­ron­ment.sa.gov.au/parks/ en­try-fees/parks-passes/de­sert­parks-pass

For info on Queens­land Parks: www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/ simp­son-desert

DIS­TANCE AND FUEL

It’s ap­prox­i­mately 720km from Mt Dare to Birdsville via this route. Fuel us­age can be heavy depend­ing on con­di­tions. Both Pa­trols and the Hilux con­sumed 130 to 140 litres of diesel. We each car­ried 200 litres, and it’s ad­vised to carry sim­i­lar. Petrol ve­hi­cles would need more.

MORE INFO

Pink Road­house, Ood­na­datta: www.pinkroad­house.com.au Mount Dare Ho­tel: www.mt­dare. com.au Old An­dado: www.oldan­dado. com.au Birdsville: www.queens­land.com/ en-ie/in­for­ma­tion/wirrarri-vis­i­tor­in­for­ma­tion-cen­tre

FOR A GREAT READ

Cross­ing the Dead Heart, by Ce­cil Madi­gan Desert Walker, by Denis Bartell (www.de­sert­walker.com.au)

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