Map Patrol Simpson Desert Expedition - Track Conditions & Photos

Posted on: 24/07/2014

The Hema Map Patrol drove offroad along the QAA line during their 2014 Simpson Desert mapping expedition

A six person team left Brisbane on Friday July 11th headed to Birdsville, with the town's position on the edge of the Simpson Desert making it the ideal starting point for the expedition.

From Birdsville, the team drove to Big Red and then along the QAA Line before going south along the K1 Line to reach Poeppel Corner. Then, going west on the French Line and the Spring Creek Track, the Map Patrol made it to Dalhousie Springs before looping back to Birdsville along the Oodnadatta and Birdsville tracks. 

Now back in Brisbane, the Map Patrol have noted the track conditions they experienced during their time doing field work throughout and around the Simpson Desert:

Simpson Desert Track Conditions - July 2014

Birdsville Development Road Mostly good condition with some corrugations.
QAA Line Severely chopped up on western side of dunes. Slow going travelling from West to East.
French Line Slow going with soft dune crests in the western side of the track.
Dalhousie Springs to Oodnadatta Reasonable conditions with some areas of heavy corrugations.
Oodnadatta Track Good condition, recently graded.
Birdsville Track Good condition, some heavily corrugated sections towards Birdsville.

Photos from the road

While testing field work procedures and gathering information for Hema's mapping database, the Map Patrol team took the time to document their journey photographically as well:

Taking photos of the moon on the road to Birdsville

Sunrise on Big Red

A couple of Map Patrol explorers

Heading from the Eyre Creek Bypass to Beachcomber Track

Driving on the salt pans of Mirranponga Pongunna Lake

Steam coming off Dalhousie Springs at sunrise

Bush camping off the French Line

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