WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds :)

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WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds :)

Unread post by outdoorgaz » July 27th, 2013, 7:58 am

In June 2013, my daughter and I embarked on an adventure to cross the Simpson Desert via the WAA Line driving east to west. It is a great track due to the fact of no trailers, not many people and the best driving you are likely to do in a 4wd.

The eastern faces of the dunes are steeper than the west due to the prevailing winds, making an east/west crossing a little more difficult. At the top of each dune on the WAA line the track had twists and turns that were not seen until you were on top of the dune which made for sometimes lock to lock driving. We planned to take four days but did the crossing in three. I was having too much fun driving to stop :)

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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by Aussie_Dan » July 27th, 2013, 11:36 am

Great video Gaz, thanks for sharing.
We did the section of the WAA line between the Colson & Erabena tracks in 2012. It certainly is a lot quieter down there when compared to the French Line, which just adds to the isolation and experience, in a positive way of course!
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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by BigDutchy » July 28th, 2013, 9:30 pm

Great video

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Unread post by monkeybucket » July 28th, 2013, 9:43 pm

Haha classic sound track, Great flik. Would love to give it a crack from WA to QLD one day.
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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by Curtly » July 28th, 2013, 9:54 pm

That was cool!!
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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by danannette » July 29th, 2013, 8:57 am

Very cool vid!

We want to get out that way again next year and that is just wetting my appetite :D

Thanks for sharing :)



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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by smokescreen » July 29th, 2013, 9:34 pm

Awesome video guys what a trip you guys make a great team.
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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by nilla60 » August 4th, 2013, 10:16 am

That was a great video indeed. Very inspiring that a video like that which once would have required heaps of expensive specialist gear can be done by anyone who puts their mind to it. Enjoyed it heaps!

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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by TroopiePete » August 4th, 2013, 10:45 pm

Loved the Video and the personalities :-)
I keep wanting to do something like that but just am not that organised..
We did a very similar run in 2010 but it was much greener and wetter back then.. can't wait until the next time I can do a full crossing or better still spend a week or two in the Desert just wandering around some of the tracks and just sitting back enjoying the serenity.
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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by ratwgn » August 6th, 2013, 7:13 pm

I'm more impressed at the fact your daughter appears to be reading from some weird contraption made from ink and paper and not off the screen of a tablet like most "books" are coming out these days!
Fun video and looks like a great time to be had, hope to do a simpson crossing myself one day!!

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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by SparkieKev » August 19th, 2013, 6:33 am

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share that Gaz. Really cool that you daughter went with you, I have 3 but a lot younger (4,3&7mths) and I envision doing those sort of trips when they are a bit older, we frequently camp and 4wd (did Rainbow Beach yesterday) however that was a really cool adventure you shared. Well done to you both.

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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by dammit01 » September 30th, 2013, 9:26 am

Loved the Vidio I went out there with troopie Pete loved the area

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Unread post by TurtleSlow » October 6th, 2013, 1:40 pm

Great video, thanks for posting.

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Re: WAA line across the Simpson - not as boring as it sounds

Unread post by rat patrol » October 7th, 2013, 10:42 am

Mate top effort. One complaint though here is a cut and paste from your youtube blog
Published on Jul 20, 2013
In June 2013, my daughter and I embarked on an adventure to cross the Simpson Desert via the WAA Line driving east to west. It is a great track due to the fact of no trailers, not many people and the best driving you are likely to do in a 4wd.

The eastern faces of the dunes are steeper than the west due to the prevailing winds, making an east/west crossing a little more difficult. At the top of each dune on the WAA line the track had twists and turns that were not seen until you were on top of the dune which made for sometimes lock to lock driving. We planned to take four days but did the crossing in three. I was having too much fun driving to stop :)

I am sick of people having a shot at camper trailers I have towed my trailer through almost every desert in OZ and have NEVER got into difficulties I run my Truck tyres at 16psi and the trailer at 12. I do less damage than the mug with a slidon camper that refused to drop his tyrers below 40psi and a few other richard cranium's that were running full pressure, At some stage in life you get a bit to beyond the swag thing , I did the swag thing for over 30 years now its time for a bit more comfort. I was pulling trailers across the desert years before they were a popular thing ,Back in the late 70's I was part of a drilling crew that pulled two 40' trailer each across unexplored desert and the drilling crew pulled bogie trailers behind old Blitz wagons and series 1 land rovers and 4x4 Austin trucks. If you aproch it wright there is no issues with trailers.
Sorry to hijack your thread but Rant over.
By the way looks like you all had a great time it is a magical :D place , thats is any desert I am never board in the desert just love it :D
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