Trip Report: Simpson Desert 2010

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Starting from Melbourne we covered 5,408 kilometres in 18 days
The underground motel at White Cliffs was a maze of tunnels and underground chambers.
The underground motel at White Cliffs was a maze of tunnels and underground chambers.
Mrs Bretto and T-Bag at White Cliffs
Mrs Bretto and T-Bag at White Cliffs
We finally made it to the western side of the Simpson - Mt Dare Hotel
We finally made it to the western side of the Simpson – Mt Dare Hotel
Safety first! Driving lessons at Lake Eyre
Safety first! Driving lessons at Lake Eyre
Sunrise at Cooper Creek near Innamincka
Sunrise at Cooper Creek near Innamincka
Cooper Creek
Cooper Creek
Breakfast for Bretto and the family - French Line style
Breakfast for Bretto and the family – French Line style
Crossing Eyre creek in the trusty 120 Prado
Crossing Eyre creek in the trusty 120 Prado
Sunset at Eyre Creek
Sunset at Eyre Creek
We started with 5 cars at Birdsville. 3 Prado's, 1 JK Wrangler and a GQ Patrol
We started with 5 cars at Birdsville. 3 Prado’s, 1 JK Wrangler and a GQ Patrol
Dragging a busted Prado over hundreds of dunes requires a lot of patience and teamwork.
Dragging a busted Prado over hundreds of dunes requires a lot of patience and teamwork.
We saw very few animals in the desert. Here is one cheeky dingo.
We saw very few animals in the desert. Here is one cheeky dingo.
Mrs Bretto swapped out the noisy kids for a session in the bone-jarring JK Wrangler with T-Bag
Mrs Bretto swapped out the noisy kids for a session in the bone-jarring JK Wrangler with T-Bag
The desert is filled with beautiful things if you take the time to look around
The desert is filled with beautiful things if you take the time to look around
2 little monsters on Big Red. Note the extensive flooding behind that required several lengthy detours
2 little monsters on Big Red. Note the extensive flooding behind that required several lengthy detours

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The dunes provide a great opportunity to stretch out those little legs after a day in the car
The dunes provide a great opportunity to stretch out those little legs after a day in the car
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