DEAD HEART RED HEART TOUR
THE DEAD HEART RED HEART TOUR | BIG RED BASH
10-DAY LIFETIME EXPERIENCE | July 11th – July 21st 2019
Join Sandrifter Safaris for this special tour of a lifetime as we travel from “The Dead Heart” Uluru across the Simpson Desert to Birdsville for the 2019 Big Red Bash.
MIDNIGHT OIL TO HEADLINE THE WORLDS MOST REMOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL!
They forged their soul in the heart of Australia. Now they return to headline one incredible desert festival…
THE BIG RED BASH !
Be part of history and experience a once in a generation spectacle as MIDNIGHT OIL headline their first multi day Australian music festival in over 22 years! The red sands of the Simpson Desert will rock like never before to the timeless and inspiring music of one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands. The 40 metre high Big Red Dune will light up, and the full moon will rise up from the desert dunes during their set.
Supporting MIDNIGHT OIL will be THE LIVING END and KASEY CHAMBERS AND MORE THAN A DOZEN ADDITIONAL INCREDIBLE AUSTRALIAN ACTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 18TH DECEMBER.
THIS WILL BE ONCE IN A LIFETIME JOURNEY AND MUSIC EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
You will travel from across the Simpson Desert from Uluru to Birdsville in comfort over 4 days, safe & sound in a small group of 4 Passengers only in a Toyota Landcruiser.
Enjoy the 3 Day Festival with Sandrifter hosting the campsite for you.
And the journey doesn’t end there!
After the Big Red Bash we will travel the iconic “ Birdsville Track” over 2 days on the way down to Adelaide.
A 10-Day experience like no other awaits you!
ITINERARY & INCLUSIONS
July 11 AYERS ROCK & YULARA
We Greet you at Ayers Rock Airport, just 20 minutes drive from Uluru. We check you into your resort room in Yulara before we head into Uluru for a wonderful afternoon with “The Rock”
Enjoy a private guided tour around the base of the rock sharing in the local history and culture with your guide. Stroll into sacred art sites and the cultural centre until sunset as we set you up in a prime position to watch the rock glow as the sun dips into the western deserts. Just before sunset we head back to Yulara for your award-winning ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation.
With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines and beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your ‘A Night at Field of Light’ experience is complete. Your evening begins in a remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. As the sun sets on the horizon to the music of a didgeridoo, enjoy gourmet canapes and chilled sparkling wine. As darkness falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently come to life, join your table of fellow travellers for an exceptional three-course menu infused with bush tucker flavours.
As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Return to your Hotel.
July 12 ULURU TO WITJIRA NATIONAL PARK
We start your day early as we head out to take in sunrise over Uluru & Kata Tjuta. After your sunrirse breakfast we visit Walpa Gorge for an easy walk between the majestic dome of Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas). We then depart for our epic trip across the desert to Birdsville some 1000km away! Lunch is at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn that overlooks Mt Connor, the gateway to the desert.
This Afternoon sees us pass by the Geographic Centre of Australia & to the old ghan railway town of Finke. From Finke we follow remnants of the old railway. Passing into South Australia at sunset, the endless desert plains await us as we enter the Witjira National Park for our overnight cabin stay at the remote Mt Dare Hotel on the Edge of the Simpson Desert.
July 13 SIMPSON DESERT
Our last checks are done prior breakfast as we prepare for our 3-day venture across the Simpson. Departing just after sunrise, our route today takes us past Bloods Ck and onto Dalhousie Springs for morning swimming in a tree-lined spring on the edge of the Simpson Desert. This is paradise as you float in the mid 30-degree water and soak in the thousand year old minerals. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to cross the hundreds of dunes over the next 3 days!
Heading into the Simpson Desert we cross the floodplains of Spring Creek Delta as start to move across salt lakes and higher sand dunes. Take in the stunning views from the top and sink your feet into the ancient red sand as we travel over and between the sandhills. Tonight, enjoy the campfire at our remote desert camp with the clearest skies you’ve ever seen.
July 14 SIMPSON DESERT
Today we cross more salt lakes and endless sand dunes. The track at times travels parallel to the dunes for a different perspective of the landscape. We visit the Approdinna Attora Knolls, high gypsum hills with endless lookouts over the desert. Soon we take a break at Poeppels Corner marking the meeting of QLD, NT & SA borders. Tonight we overnight under the stars in our remote camp.
July 15 EYRE CREEK TO BIRDSVILLE
Today is the last day of our crossing but the start of your 3 day Big Red Bash festival, we cross Eyre Creek, and traverse around the the largest sandhill, Big Red, where Midnight Oil will rock in a few nights time. We roll into BRB camp and set up for the next 3 days. A trip ito Birdsville tonight to visith the historic Birdsville pub for a well earned beer! Camping tonight at the BRB site.
July 16,17 & 18 BIG RED BASH FESTIVAL
Enjoy the Big Red Bash Festival. Full program to be released & confirmed December 20, 2018.
July 19 BIRDSVILLE TO MUNGERANNIE
We spend the morning taking in the sights of Birdsville that is so much a part of Australia’s outback history. Birdsville came to importance in the 1880s when the drovers and station owners in Western Queensland realised that moving cattle through the Channel country and down the Birdsville Track to the railhead at Marree. A trip to the Birdsville Bakery before we hit the road. Today we travel south through Sturts Stony Desert and chat about Captain Sturts failed mission to the inland. We arrive at Mungerannine Hotel halfway down the track late in the afternoon and prepare camp. Mungerannie is a desert oasis with an uncapped bore attracting thousands of species of birds in at sunset. A truly remarkable experience.
July 20 MUGERANNIE TO MAREE
Today sees us travelling to Marree. Departing camp after breakfast we travel over the infamous Cooper Creek, one of the main tributaries to Lake Eyre. On our travels south today we will share stories of Tom Kruse, The legendary Birdsville Mailman. As we arrive into Maree, you’ll feel the power of this once thriving railway town reduced to nothing when the line north to Alice Springs was pulled up in the late 70s. The Ghan was one of the truly iconic trips of its day and a fascinating piece of forgotten history of ventures into the centre of Australia. Tonight, you’ll stay in the grand old Maree Hotel.
July 21 MAREE TO ADELAIDE
Over breakfast we will share our memories of this once in a lifetime trip. This is our last day as we travel from Maree to Adelaide. But the last day still has plenty of amazing sights. Today we stop in Farina. Farina is located on the old alignment of the Ghan railway, 26 km north of Lyndhurst and 55 km south of Marree along the Oodnadatta Track in South Australia. The town is no longer inhabited, but a small group is restoring parts of Farina to reflect its past and ensure that it is retained in the history of Australia’s outback. We spend time to look and wander parts of this rebuilt ghost town. From Farina, we skirt the edge of the Flinders Ranges through the Clare Valley and into Adelaide, arriving late in the evening for our final goodbyes.
- Breakfast & Lunch. (Excluding July 19 in Birdsville)
- Morning and afternoon tea, refreshments and snacks everyday of touring.
- July 11-17 Included
July 18 (Dinner will be available at your own costs at store holders prior or during Midnight Oil)
- July 19 Included
July 20 (Dinner available at your own costs the Maree Hotel)
- Uluru National Park
- Simpson Desert
- Field of Lights
- Ticket into Big Red Bash
- Ayers Rock
- Mt Dare Hotel
- Maree Hotel
- Simpson Desert Crossing
- Big Red Bash & Mungerannie Hotel
- All Camping equipment supplied
- Safari Tents will be erected for you at the Big Red Bash Campsite
Please see our FAQ for camping
- on July 21 in Adelaide
- Flights will need to be landing at Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Departing Adelaide
- Please feel free to let us organise this for you in Alice Springs prior to our departure to Uluru
Please see our FAQ on Alcohol
COSTS PER PASSENGER
- AUD $4750 | € 3000 | CHF 3390
- 3-Day Big Red Bass Pass included
- Only 7 seats available for your confort
This journey across the Simpson Desert to the Big Red Bash and the following days to Adelaide is part of the iconic Journeys proposed by Sandrifter Safaris in 2019