The Red Centre 2019
TRIP IS FULL. NO FURTHER NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. The Red Centre 2019 I am inviting expressions of interest in the following trip, to be run in May – June 2019. The trip will visit parts of the Simpson Desert and the Red Centre areas around Alice Springs, and will run in three segments, with two major desert crossings forming the 1st and 3rd segment, with a period for private explorations around Alice Springs in the middle. The first segment will start in Birdsville, enter the Simpson Desert over the Nappanerica dune (Big Red) to Poeppel Corner, then swing north for several days along the Hay River Track to join the Plenty Highway and west to Alice Springs. The points of interest including Batton Hill camp. There are permit and access fees, as well as the opportunity for a “My Country” tour conducted by the local Aboriginal land-owners. There are several excellent Youtube videos showing the type of country and driving to be encountered along the Hay River Track. This segment will probably take about seven days and terminate at the Plenty Highway, with access to Alice Springs or Boulia. Around Alice Springs there are many features and areas worth a visit. The second segment will provide time for “DIY” visits to the West MacDonnell ranges and might include Hermannsburg, Gosse Bluff, numerous gorges, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, Yulara, Trephina Gorge, Chambers Pillar, the Lambert Centre, Finke, and Ruby Gap. Very touristy! Iâ€™d expect to spend about 10 days in this area. Some areas require permits available in Alice Springs. The third segment will see a return trip across the Simpson Desert via the Madigan Line, and ending at Birdsville. I expect this segment to take seven to 10 days and individual permits (per vehicle) will be required as well as permissions (for each group) from private landholders. Participants for these trips (especially the first and third segments) will need to be self-sufficient, comfortable with remote-area travel and difficult driving on sand, tolerant, and willing to help others. Vehicles will need to be reliable, have fuel capacity for up to 800 km between refueling stops including sand driving, comprehensive spares and tools, and adequate water and food supplies. Permits will be required for both the Hay River Track and the Madigan Line, and fees apply. If you are interested, please contact me at a club meeting or phone 049 003 8235 (at sensible hours) to discuss. Update 8 January 2019: nominations for this trip are now closed.