Fancy a ride through the desert on a camel? You could go all the way to the Sahara – or just head to Australia’s Simpson Desert instead. The Simpson is the world’s largest parallel sand ridge desert, with bright red landscapes, remote-area hikes, unique ecology and four-wheeling opportunities. BYO water!
For many, riding a camel through a pristine desert is an once-in-a-lifetime experience – and you can do just that with The Outback Camel Company.
The Simpson actually stretches across parts of the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. All three meet at 4WD-accesible Poeppell’s Corner.
For those who don’t feel comfortable motoring on their own through the Simpson Desert’s vastness, you can join a Tagalong Tour and share the experience.
Charles Sturt was the first European to explore the Simpson, way back in 1844-46. In 1936, Ted Colson became the first non-indigenous person to ride a camel across the Simpson. In 1984, Dennis Bartel conducted a solo, unsupported journey across the desert, drinking from old Aboriginal wells and completing the task in 24 days.1