We’re bringing you more off-road adventures in Australia and our four wheel drive trucks and utility vehicles are helping you get to go to places that would be impossible to reach in just any car. We have shared with you other holiday destinations and road trips that require four wheel drive vehicles including Best Places for a Four Wheel Drive Holiday, Great 4WD Holiday Destinations in Queensland, and Popular Four Wheel Drive Holiday Destinations in Australia. Now, we are taking you on more off-road track adventures on the Hay River Track, the Simpson Desert French Line, and the Corner Country Track.
Hay River Track
Hay River Track Photo Credit: Australlian-4×4.com.au
Big Red Hay River Track Photo Credit: Australlian-4×4.com.au
Birdsville Racing Carnival Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com.au
The Hay River track runs through the northern section of the Simpson Desert from Birdsville in Queensland to Gemtree in Northern Territory. It is over 900 km long and the suggested minimum travel time is 9 days. The best time to travel this remote, extinct river track is in May through September. You will need to get a permit to pass through this area which is owned by the Aboriginal original owners of the land. Along the journey enjoy the dramatic contrasts in the landscapes between the Big Ted and Spinifex dunes and the Georgina Gidgee and Gypcrete Interdunes. The track levels off at the Hay River bed and Lake Caroline. Bring your own supplies and emergency gear because there aren’t any towns or places to stop for supplies along this track. Early in September, Birdsville is home to the racing carnival, an event that brings thousands to the town with a year round population of just 120. It’s quite an event to plan on attending before the Hay River track road trip.
Renting an Off-Road Vehicle for the Hay River Track Road Trip
Ballera Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
You can rent the truck in Ballera, which is in Queensland close to Birdsville. Consult with your Budget Trucks rental agent for the best vehicle, as well as advice and safety instructions for this trip. Our agents know the outback and can recommend the best truck rental for your trip.
Simpson Desert French Line
Simpson Desert French Line Photo Credit: SimpsonDesert.fl.net.au
Big Red Sand Dune Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Simpson Desert French Line Photo Credit: ExploreOz.com
The Simpson Desert French Line road trip starts out in Dalhousie Springs South Australia and ends in Birdsville, the same place where the Hay River Track begins. The recommended minimum travel time for this 4WD road trip is 3 days and is 439 km. The best time to travel this road is between May and September. This track is the quickest way through the desert, but the direct route can be a challenging drive. There are 1200 sand dunes on the Simpson Desert French Line. On top of that, the French Line is only wide enough for one vehicle at a time, so watching for oncoming traffic is very important. Flying a dune flag, honking for warning and carrying a radio are strongly advised safety tips. There are plenty of great places to set up camp along this route and the Dalhousie hot springs are not to be missed.
Hiring a Four Wheel Drive Vehicle for the Simpson Desert French Line
South Australia Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
The Coober Pedy Airport is the best places to hire a truck for running the Simpson Desert French Line. Be sure to bring extra fuel and water. Our rental agents are very knowledgeable and will be able to recommend the best vehicle, as well as advice and safety instructions and driving tips for this trip.
Corner Country Track
Corner Country Photo Credit: OutbackNSW.com.au
Camping Along the Corner Country Track Photo Credit: OutbackNSW.com.au
Corner Country Track Photo Credit: OutbackNSW.com.au
The Corner Country Track takes you through New South Wales outback from Broken Hill to Cameron Corner. The track runs along the far northwest corner of New South Wales. Cameron Corner is where New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet. The best time to travel this track is between April and October; it’s 469 km long. The drive features various landscapes like sweeping salt bush plains, purple gibbers, remote homesteads, and the historic Dingo Fence. Just don’t forget to close the gate! Along the way you can visit little towns that still have old pubs made from timber to whet your whistle.
Renting a Truck for the Corner Country Road Trip
New South Wales Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
When planning the Country Corner Road trip, if you are coming from New South Wales, the closest truck rental location is in Dubbo, NSW. It is about a 7 hour drive to the start of the trip in Broken Hill. Make a longer road trip of it and enjoy even more change in scenery from the east coast to the outback. Click through the link to get a truck hire rate quote. Budget offers the best truck rental deals in Australia.
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