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Madigan Line Tour (13 Days)


This is definitely one of the most adventurous 4WD trips you can ever undertake.

The Northern Simpson Desert, the section north of the NT/SA border & the French Line, is basically nothing but remote desert country. However, it is the scene of the first European crossing of the Simpson Desert by Cecil Madigan in 1939 who used camels to make this epic journey. Madigan’s Line is now a series of camp sites linked by a track that is no more than two wheel ruts through the heart of the desert. Every year just a handful of extremely experienced four wheel drivers tackle the Madigan Line, now you can join them with Great Divide Tours for the crossing. This has now become the "must do" crossing of the Simpson Desert but it is still an extremely remote track & a personal favourite of Vic Widman, Managing Director of Great Divide Tours.

The trip commences in Port Augusta & follows the Borefield Track past Woomera to the Oodnadatta Track. We will visit all the great sites ip the Oodnadatta Track including William Creek where you can take the optional light plane flight with ground tour of the amazing Anna Creek Painted Hills. We will visit the Pink Roadhouse, Dalhousie Hot Springs, Mt Dare & Old Andado, then we follow the Madigan Line for its entire length (where permitted) to Big Red & Birdsville. To finish off we will travel the length of the famous Birdsville Track with an overnight stay in the Marree Hotel, before returning to Port Augusta via the Prairie Hotel on the edge of the Flinders Ranges.

Tour fee includes mechanical support, satellite telephone support, tyre repair in remote areas, use of our gas BBQ, camping & National Park fees, and a Desert Parks Handbook. In addition it includes dinner at Mt Dare, accommodation in Birdsville in cabins for two nights, dinner in the Birdsville Hotel one night, dinner bed & breakfast at Marree Hotel, and cabin accommodation at the Port Augusta Caravan Park, plus permits for the Madigan Line.

Note that the flight at William Creek with a landing & ground tour at the Painted Hills is an option & cost is $345 per person, or you can also include a flight over Lake Eyre for an extra $280 per person.

Ask us for our detailed itinerary.

Basic Requirements For This Tour

AccredThe 4WD
Suitable to 4WDrives with high and low range and heavy duty suspension.
Your 4WD should have recovery points located at the front and rear

Sorry no trailers.

You will need to carry V8 Landcruisers = 220 litres, all other diesels = 170 litres, petrol vehicles = 300 litres (this includes your fuel tank)

A UHF radio – we can hire you a radio
Carry a snatch strap and rated shackles (see our shop if you need recovery equipment)
Spare Fan belts, fuel filter, oil and brake fluid, 1 extra spare tyre

Driver experience
Prior experience is necessary but we will assist you as we go, you might consider attending our driver training course. - Do you require Driver Training?

This is a self catered tour, bring your own food and drink requirements, we supply a gas BBQ for your use in camp.

Camping gear
You need to supply your own camping gear, this is a camping tour there is no accommodation option. Carry warm clothing at all times.

There are toilets and showers at some of our camp sites.

More Info – will be sent to you once you register with your deposit

No 4WD?
We can help with the Hire of a 4WD

Refund Policy

Great Divide Tours reserves the right to cancel or alter any tour or course at any time. Great Divide Tours will determine if any refund is due if this action occurs.

In the event of you canceling a booking the following refund policy applies. Deposits are non refundable. If your booking can be reallocated to another participant then the deposit can be transferred to another tour of your choice which must be taken within 18 months of the original booked tour. The full tour fee is payable 4 weeks prior to the tour and is not refundable after this time. You should consider taking out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances including illness, vehicle problems or family matters.