May Day Trip to Mt Dare and Dalhousie

from 8:00am Sat, 5 May 2018
to 5:00pm Mon, 7 May 2018

by Bernhard Kuepper
Posted: about 1 year ago
Updated: 5 months ago by Bernhard Kuepper
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Time zone: Darwin
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Ends: 5:00pm Monday 07 May 2018 (duration is 2 days)

Andado, Mt Dare, Dalhousie Springs.
Saturday 5th May, Depart Heavitree Gap, 0800
Packed lunch, 1230, Mac Clarke Reserve, Old Andado, travel through Andado to Mt Dare, camp or cabins.
Sunday 6th May, day trip to Dalhousie ruins & Springs, returning to Mt Dare for overnight.
Monday 7th May, (May Day Public Holiday) return to Alice Springs via Lambert Centre & Kulgera.


Outback 4WD Club

Dalhousie via Old Andado & Mt Dare

Trip Leader: Ian Clarke;
This trip should be a leisurely drive skirting the edges of the Simpson Desert, taking in some of the early pastoral settlement at Old Andado on what is considered to be the harshest, most difficult Cattle Station in Australia to manage. The distance to cover will mean that the focus will be the trip and getting to the destination. The trip will include gravel roads, sand, swamps, bull dust, rocks & traverse gibber plains, sand dunes & flood outs. Swimming in the warm Dalhousie Artesian Springs will be possible for those wishing to.
Distance; ​Alice Springs to Old Andado; ​320 kms.
​​Old Andado to Mt Dare; ​100 kms total 420 kms
​​Mt Dare to Dalhousie & return​200 kms
Return Journey;​Mt Dare to Finke;​​100 kms
​​Finke to Kulgera​​150 kms plus 24 kms Lambert diversion.
​​Kulgera to Alice Springs​​273 kms bitumen total 523 kms return
Saturday 5th May 2018:
0800 hrs; Muster at Heavitree Gap for a 0815 departure. Air down to dirt road mid-range pressures, (25-35 psi).
0920 hrs; A quick stop to view the murals in the Santa Teresa Church.
1300 hrs; Lunch at Mac Clark reserve or Old Andado Homestead. 1 hour allowed, depart 1400.
1445 hrs; Birthday Bore to view some fossilised Unicorn Poo (as per the YouTube ad).
1600 hrs; diversion east for 1 km at the SA border to view the Finke River bed where it carves out the banks before it’s disappearance into the sands of the desert (time permitting).
1700 hrs; Arrive Mt Dare, check in, order meals, relax, drinks & cheese in camp ground.
Sunday 6th May 2018
0800 hrs; Breakfast, (1st refuelling opportunity)
0930 hrs; Depart for Dalhousie ruins, view the ruins, then move onto Dalhousie Hot Springs for a swim & packed lunch. There are 2 possible routes, one over the ridge which is slow & very rocky, the other more scenic but longer. The options chosen will depend on the vehicles, drivers & the conditions at the time.
1500 hrs; depart for Mt Dare via alternate route

Monday 7th May:
0800 hrs; Breakfast, (2nd refuelling opportunity).
1000 hrs; Depart Mt Dare.
1230 hrs; Lambert Centre of Australia for lunch. 1 hour allowed, depart 1330.
1500 hrs; Kulgera (refuelling opportunity).
1800 hrs; Arrive Alice Springs.
• It is May, and temperatures out there can be 5 deg C either side of Alice Springs temps.
• Fuel to cover 450 kms maximum with some slow sand & bull dust driving is required. (Fuel Mt Dare)
• 10 litres of water per person per day is recommended, check & refill at Mt Dare if required.
• Prepared lunches and snacks will be required for Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
• Cabins can be booked, please contact me on 0439 815 052 regarding cabins. View website for your options and costs.
Mt Dare: Phone; (08) 8670 7835, Email;
Old Andado:


Dalhousie Springs South Australia


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