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The Birdsville Track

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If you’re heading to Birdsville to cross the Simpson Desert, grab a camel pie, or cool down with an outback pint, the Birdsville Track has to be one of the most stunning ways there. 

birdsville track
birdsville track
birdsville track
birdsville track

From Marree the track splits the Tirari and Strzelecki Deserts on it’s way north.

The Lake Harry Homestead ruins are the remnants of a failed 1890s attempt to plant 2,000 date palms.

birdsville track
birdsville track

At the Clayton River campsite or Mugerannie, you can indulge in a luxurious outback hot tub experience.

birdsville track

The beer is cold at the Mungerannie Hotel Roadhouse. In addition to camping and showers, they also have the only fuel on the track, although you may be waiting a while for your Big Mac.

birdsville track

After reading the tales of the legendary mailman Tom Kruse, Marty was hell-bent on firing up the Leyland Badger and following in Tom’s footsteps. It is safe to say that he did not get very far.

birdsville track

While the bumpy track is more an outback highway than a technical track, it still makes great driving.

birdsville track
birdsville track
birdsville track

With swags rolled atop a slight rise, the views were forever. It’s places like these that have the clearest and star-filled night skies.

birdsville track

The northern stretch of the Birdsville Track traverses just east of the Simpson Desert and the only way to get closer is to cross it!

birdsville track
birdsville track

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Mike Collister has spent his life outdoors. He has represented Australia as a slalom kayaker, guided whitewater expeditions in Nepal, and taught outdoor education and wilderness medicine. He’s paddled the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River in the wet season and across the Bass Strait and is an avid photographer, overlander and camper.