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Crossing the Simpson Desert, home to the world’s longest parallel sand dunes, is on the bucket list of every Australian 4WDer. On top of the popular tracks like the French Line and Rig Road, the Madigan Line represents the most challenging longitudinal crossing of the Simpson Desert. It’s a new frontier for the 4WDer, full of challenge and intrigue.
South Australian geologist and explorer Cecil Madigan crossed the Simpson along this line, from Andado to Birdsville, on camels in 1939.

South Australian geologist and explorer Cecil Madigan crossed the Simpson along this line, from Andado to Birdsville, on camels in 1939.

Madigan Line Simpson Desert Trip 2015

Image from the ‘Madigan Line Simpson Desert Crossing’ trip for Pat Callinans 4×4 Adventures in June, 2015

We are following Madigan’s path as closely as possible, into some of the most remote country in Australia. We visit his camps, and go to the same landmarks he did over 75 years ago.

Follow this link to see the Madigan Line crossing, Part II

This expedition, which will put the Madigan Line on the map, represents one of the most challenging trips a 4WDer can undertake in Australia. With the right gear skills, it is no doubt conquerable. It’s an incredibly rewarding journey, which gives you access to some of the most beautiful and untouched country that Australia has to offer.

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