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Madigan Line Simpson Desert video, Part II

The Madigan Line is a lesser-known, very challenging and incredibly rewarding 4X4 adventure, which travels across the northern half of the Simpson Desert. It follows the path of Cecil Madigan’s 1939 expedition across the desert, which comprised of nine men and nineteen camels, in the name of scientific exploration.

Head over to this page to see Part 1 of the Madigan Line Simpson Desert adventure.

In this second instalment, we continue to follow Madigan’s track across the desert. This part of the desert is much tougher; the dunes are taller and softer, and there are treacherous swales and claypans in between. The going is tough and slow, as the team slowly snake their way past Madigan’s camp markers, and onto Birdsville. Not to mention Big Red, the biggest dune of them all.

Join Sam Purcell and Macca on this awesome journey, along with the new Hema Map Patrol LandCruiser and JJ in the Diesel Care HilLux. There are thrills and spills, and plenty of history on the desert and Madigan’s expedition through the desert. If you’re looking to get in the desert yourself, this has the information (and inspiration) you’re looking for.


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  • I completed the Madigan Line in 2016 from East to West with two layover days and I have to agree it was just brilliant. Madigan Clay Pan was the highlight as we set up for a couple of days and took it all in.
    hopefully it wont become as used as the French Line as I think it will loose some of its appeal.
    can you please correct me if I’m wrong but the Geo Surveys Hill is closed to non Aboriginal travellers, it might be worth mentioning this as there is a sign at eh start of the track saying that it is closed. It is a shame as we were all geared up to complete that as part of our trip but didn’t get the chance to do it.
    Well done on another great video series.

  • After crossing the Madigans line from West to East in June this year,this was not a hard track.

    Looking at the East to West track then this is a tougher route.

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