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Madigan Line, Simpson Desert video, Part I

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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  • Absolutely awesome video. Thanks guys. We’re planning to do this same trip in July and this video confirms our excitement. Great tips on Diesel Care’s filtration systems, Definitely getting one now after reading some horror stories of other travellers. Keep up the great work Pat and 4×4 Adventure team.

    Swampy

  • You should upload this video to Youtube. I have so many buffering and streaming this video and I am using premium cable internet.
    I managed only to watch 20min so far and got sick of waiting for it to stream

  • Love the video….but
    I believe this video/rip may have been completed in June 2015 – since then, I believe Camps 2, 3 & 4 are no longer accessible (closed to traffic) and restrictions on the permits now don’t allow access to Geosurvey Hill from the Madigan line. I believe these restrictions came into place before May 2016.
    Would have been nice to update the research before publishing this in Dec 2016

    • Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for the note. As much as I’d like to, I can’t afford the time and money to get back out update the video footage. We thought it would be best to leave it all as we shot it, do you have any information on the new restrictions out in this country? It would be good to see.