Flinders Ranges, SA
Want a challenge this winter? Four wheel driving the South Australian section of the vast, timeless Simpson Desert could be the adventure you're seeking. Drive from Adelaide along the Stuart Highway, then take the Oodnadatta Track to tiny Oodnadatta. From the Northern Territory, you can four wheel drive to Mt Dare or Poeppel Corner, also an entry point from Queensland.
However you approach, you'll need a four wheel drive, a desert parks pass and plenty of supplies. Relax in natural artesian springs in Witjira National Park. Discover salt-crusted lakes in Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. See the Lone Gum in Simpson Desert Conservation Park. A journey through the Simpson Desert is real-world Survivor stuff. It can't be attempted during summer due to the dangerous temperatures, and it requires lots of methodical planning. But the rewards are as enormous as the desert itself.