Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 15 - Page 21

FEATURE — JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE SIMPSON
In 1995 , the CFA 4WD Club of Victoria erected the tower that now marks the centre of the Simpson . They also set in place the jerry can that holds the visitors ’ book - which we proudly added our names to .
As the sun set , we set up camp and got the campfire burning . The crickets sang to us , and above , the stars glistened like diamonds tossed on black velvet . We were alone , toasting our adventure with a glass of red wine , laughing about the star picket and our bush-bashing drive in . For the tiniest moment , we too were real explorers .
IMAGE CREDIT : AMANDA MARKHAM
IMAGE CREDIT : AMANDA MARKHAM
A trip to the Geographical Centre of the Simpson Desert is for experienced desert travellers only . It ’ s located in an extremely remote part of the Northern Territory , and can be accessed from the French Line in northern South Australia .
You will need to obtain a Desert Parks Pass from Parks South Australia : https :// www . parks . sa . gov . au / book-and-pay / parks-passes / park-passes-online . No permit is needed for the Northern Territory section .
You need to be fully self-sufficient , have desert recovery gear ( and know how to use it ), a satellite phone , two spare tyres and puncture kits , along with extra food and water . As well , you ’ ll need to be able to navigate using topographic maps and compass bearings .
If you ’ re interested in talking to others who ’ ve done this journey , we recommend joining the Simpson Desert Adventure Facebook group .
Amanda Markham is an archaeologist , anthropologist and freelance writer based in outback Australia . She has been working , living and travelling the outback for over 20 years . She is also the author of a number of outback travel guides , and with her husband Gary , runs the well-known outback travel website , TravelOutbackAustralia . com . She currently lives at Kings Canyon / Watarrka in the Northern Territory .
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IMAGE CREDIT : AMANDA MARKHAM
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