FROM ALICE SPRINGS G4 29 “OLD ANDADO HOMESTEAD” – Premium & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

HISTORIC OLD ANDADO HOMESTEAD - SIMPSON DESERT & LAMBERT GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA Tour Code G4 29 -   ()

FROM ALICE SPRING TO THE HISTORIC OLD ANDADO HOMESTEAD – 

SIMPSON DESERT & LAMBERT GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

Introduction

It was from Old Andado Homestead in 1932 that a scientific expedition, led by Dr C.T. Madigan of Antarctic fame, set out to cross the Simpson Desert for the first time. This homestead was then one of the most isolated station properties in Australia.

In the 1960’s it was taken over by Mac and Molly Clark and their family. Molly a nurse in Adelaide had married Mac Clark, a station manager of properties on the Birdsville Track. Molly and the family experienced a double tragedy in 1978 when they lost Mac to a heart attack while flying his light aircraft and in 1979 their eldest son, Graham, died when his semi trailer collided with a freight train.

Added to this was a brucellosis epidemic in the cattle industry – unfortunately as a result the property was liquidated. In January 1987, Molly secured a Crown Lease over 45 square kilometres of land around the old homestead, re-naming it ‘Old Andado’ and securing it as a National Heritage property.

Molly set about digging all the sand out of the house that covered half of the home and restoring it to its former glory. The Old Andado Homestead and the Simpson Desert are the reasons behind this three day adventure to remote Australia.

Budget cabin or tent/swag accommodation is available with the facilities to cook your own meals or have them cooked for you on the original homestead wood stove.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING EXCITING, SOMETHING HISTORICAL!!

Alice Springs – Wadi Trees – Old Andado Homestead Day 1

Depart Alice Springs in time to meet incoming flights from southern cities then you are on your way. Pass Santa Teresa Aboriginal Community and church mission; Allambi Station and stop for a picnic lunch on the fringe of the Simpson Desert. Molly created her own direct route to Old Andado Homestead, which became known as ‘Molly’s Track’. She followed the sand dunes north, tracked across creeks and eventually came out on station tracks from Allambi and then journeyed into Alice Springs. Molly’s red 4WD was frequently seen rushing backwards and forwards. Your arrival at Old Andado Station will be just before sunset, settle down for a meal, sit around the campfire, chat and then have a good night’s sleep.

Meals:
Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Old Andado Station, Premium = Budget Cabins 2 star & Safari = Camping/tents

Exploring Old Andado Station & Surrounds Day 2

Browse through the station that Molly restored – look at the records, pictures, hear the stories and you to will fall in love with this iconic building and it’s history. Spend the day walking up the sand dune and walking your way into the desert to be completely isolated or take time out to read a book under a mulga tree.

A short afternoon journey by 4WD will be extremely interesting and you will visit en route the Mac Clark Conservation Reserve – the second reserve in memory of the family. Here you will see the Acacia Peuce, commonly known as, ‘Wadi Trees’ and ‘Wadi Wood’ one of the rarest and most beautiful trees in the arid regions of Australia. It grows predominantly in this reserve. Meet the volunteer caretakers looking after Molly’s home.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Old Andado Station, Premium = Budget Cabins 2 star & Safari = Camping/tents

Farewell to Old Andado Homestead Day 3

Alas you say farewell then journey west passing New Andado and New Crown Stations. Continue travelling to the town of Finke where the old Ghan Railway crosses the tracks. Once an important town along the railway for the cattle industry and is now an Aboriginal Community where travellers stop for fuel and supplies.

 

Detour into the Lambert Marker which identifies the absolute centre of the Australian continent – you can truly say you have been to the centre of Australia! In 1988 the Royal Geographic Society of Australasia determined, as a Bicentennial project, the geographical centre of Australia. A monument was erected to mark the location and named in honour of Dr. Bruce P Lambert, a former Director of the Division of National Mapping, for his achievements in the national survey, defining and mapping the continent.

 

Before this could be achieved the coastline of Australia needed to be accurately mapped, it had never been done before. Areas of land were they islands or were they part of the mainland and what tide level – there are parts of the Australian coast that have 30 metre daily tides. A short journey from here takes us to the Stuart Highway and a small settlement called Kulgera, a freshen up a coke or a beer at the local pub and a 2.5 hour journey into Alice Springs through Erldunda and Stuart Well.

Cross the three largest rivers of Central Australia – The Finke, The Hugh and The Palmer which if there was enough water at any one time could break their way through The Simpson Desert and into Lake Eyre, but now it peters out in the flood plains of the desert. The estimated time of arrival in Alice Springs is 6.00 pm.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea
Accommodation:
Nil

 Inclusions:

 

Exclusions:

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Tours departing 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Note: Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure. Most suitable time for this itinerary is April – October.

Special family adventure – this tour is available utilising a more economical adventure safari range of accommodation, cabins or tents, contact Austour for a personalised itinerary to meet your needs.

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