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The Simpson Desert The Sahara Desert of Australia

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!

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Scuba Diving

One hump or two?

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.

Scuba Diving

Drive to the corner

The Simpson actually stretches across parts of the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. All three meet at 4WD-accesible Poeppell’s Corner.

Scuba Diving

Tag along

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.

Now explore this!

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

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