Crossing Munga-Thirri (the Simpson Desert) In 20 Minutes in Your Armchair
There is no way I could write this introduction to crossing the Simpson Desert without acknowledging the traditional owners of this part of Australia who called this place home for so very long.
These traditional owners include the Wangkangurru, Karangura and Arrernte First Nation Peoples. It includes their past, current and emerging leaders. I also recognise these borders do overlap and there are other peoples in surrounding areas who should also be recognised. For a detailed map of these language, social and national groups refer to https://aiatsis.gov.au/explore/map-indigenous-australia
Track and Data Collection with Hema Maps
In July 2021, Out&About with Dayv was invited to support the team from Hema Maps in a track and data collection mission across the Simpson Desert and out to Central Australia.
The brief for this engagement including writing an article, sharing photos and social media posts. But perhaps best of all I was present to assist other members of the crew with recovery, (in the event it was needed).
Those invited to the Hema Team
The trip also offered me with a great opportunity to meet and work with other members of the crew who either worked for Hema Maps, a Hema Maps Alpha User like myself (Ben and Hayley from Adrenaline Tag-Along Tours) or contracted photographers (Matt and Marieanne from Matt Williams Photography).
Why this Video?
In this video, I’ve compiled a 20 minute introductory montage of what crossing the Simpson Desert from Birdsville (Far South-West Queensland) to the Poepple Corner (on the Queensland/Northern Territory border) is like and what to expect.
For me, I love sharing this great country of ours and enjoy bringing you my experiences and the people I meet.
Never done the Simpson Desert Crossing before?
Spoiler alert for those of you that have never crossed the Simpson but have real plans to go. On this trip you’ll see the colours, the sunsets, the camping life, the camaraderie and the fun that is a crossing like this.
When you plan to go but feel you can’t for no real strong reason/s this may just be the tipping point for you to get out and try it.
Is the timing of our current lockdown provisions stopping you? If so, I beg you to hang on a little longer and keep yourself and everyone else safe – the time will come.
If you can’t go for physical or other reasons then I feel for you. I stand honoured to provide this insight for you and bring some of my experiences to you. To you guys in particular I hope you enjoy what I offer.
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