Are you planning to get away from it all next year? Here is a great desert getaway for you.
Our DVDs not only show you how we enjoyed it, but also the road conditions we encountered and the adventures we found. We also include hand-drawn maps of the roads or tracks used.
Desert Highways: the Roads of Len Beadell
In Desert Highways we explore the network of roads built by Len Beadell and the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party. The roads were built to support the rocket range at Woomera and the nuclear testing fields of Emu and Maralinga.
This DVD set contains 2 discs and shows the journeys of 2 different convoy groups. Disc 1 includes the Gunbarrel Highway, Gary Highway, Gary Junction Road and the Sandy Blight Junction Road.
Disc 2 includes the Anne Beadell Highway, including the nuclear testing zone of Emu, and Connie Sue Highway.
Simpson Desert: 50 Years On
Vic Widman, Great Divide Tours, leads a Simpson Desert trip on the 50th anniversary of the first motorised crossing. Our convoy was the first to cross for the year, but heavy rain made this trip more challenging than usual.
The adventure began at Port Augusta. We soon discovered that water was everywhere – in Lake Eyre South and at creeks flowing over Oodnadatta Track. We faced detours around claypans and deviations where there was water over the tracks near Mt Dare.
But the biggest challenge was the sponge of the Spring Creek Delta where we were bogged for several hours.
On the other hand, the desert vegetation was flourishing.
Canning Stock Route Adventure
The Canning Stock Route is one of the world’s most isolated tracks. At over 1700 kilometres across 3 deserts, the stock route challenges travellers for preparation and self-sufficiency. But what a wonderful adventure!
Since the early 1890s the pastoralists of the eastern Kimberley needed an overland route to bring their cattle to the flourishing goldfields of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie. Alfred Canning lead a survey party across the deserts from Wiluna to Halls Creek to explore the possibility of building a stock route.
In 1908 Canning set out with a well-sinking expedition to build 51 wells. They completed the task in 1910.
Today keen 4-wheel drive travellers follow Canning’s route and tracing the history of the track. They master the desert sand dunes while exploring the highlights of the Breaden Hills, Lake Disappointment and Durba Springs.