Edge of the Desert – Simpson Desert Trip – An Aussie Adventure

Edge of the Desert

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Edge of the Desert

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Ok…we are getting close to the purpose of the whole trip…The Simpson Desert.

We left Eringa early morning heading towards Mt Dare. As it turns out, Mt Dare is a Hotel/Store/Camping Ground with an airfield. And not much else. Power is supplied by a Diesel Generator and as expected we reached the high water mark of the price of Diesel at @ $2.20/litre. Given the remoteness of the place, I thought this was pretty reasonable. We topped up with fuel, had an ice-cream for a treat and took some obligatory pictures in front of the store.

The next stop was Dalhousie Springs.
What an amazing place. First impressions are of another desert oasis with multiple lagoons being fed from natural springs.

It’s only when you jump in for a swim that the craziness becomes apparent. The water is at around 38 deg C! That’s 100 deg Fahrenheit. Does your head in being in a hot bath out in the middle of nowhere.
Getting out was an equally strange feeling as with a slight breeze blowing, we actually felt cold as we dried off. Weird.

We camped the night at Dalhousie with tomorrow being the start of the actual desert.


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