The Simpson Desert, occupying parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, is Australia’s fourth largest desert (176,500 sq kms), and contains the world’s longest parallel sand dunes.
In news just to hand, Samantha Gash, a 27-year-old Melbourne lawyer, has become the youngest Australian to run across the Simpson, completing the 397 km from the Alka Seltzer Bore (50 km east of Dalhousie Springs) along the “French Line” to Birdsville in 4 days.
To run 100 kms a day for four days, much of it up and down sandhills, and without sleeping along the way, is a truly amazing feat! By comparison, yours truly did the trip from Dalhousie to Birdsville several years ago in a 4wd in three days! The trip involves crossing some 1100 sandhills.
For more details, see http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/samantha-gash-raises-more-than-just-a-sweat-crossing-simpson-desert/story-e6frfq80-1226436736469 and http://www.crossingthesimpson.com. By the way, the first of these two sites mentions that Samantha started from “a remote area of the Northern Territory”. This is incorrect — Alka Seltzer Bore (and Dalhousie Springs) are both near the top end of South Australia.