The Simpson Desert

The Simpson Desert remains one of the most fascinating and challenging parts of Outback Australia. Crossing it via the “French Line” between Dalhousie Springs in the west and Birdsville in the east is still one of Australia’s classic Outback motoring experiences. Here’s a picture taken on a Bobby Dazzler crossing several years ago, after successfully negotiating a sizable sand dune (one of some 1100):

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Simpson Desert, how there came to be the “French Line”, and all sorts of other information, here’s an interesting web site:


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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2 Responses to The Simpson Desert

  1. So did you have to go over all 1100 sand dunes? I would be seasick after that!!

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Yes, 1104 (give or take a few). It was spread over three days, which meant less than 400 per day — that’s not so bad, is it? About six or eight of them required more than one attempt to get over.

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