Crossing the Madigan Line from east to west is one of the most challenging and remote desert crossings in Australia. However, with good preparation, planning and the proper vehicle setups it's also one of the most enjoyable. Traveling with experienced professionals and being catered to with outstanding food and service means you can relax and revel in the journey. Things really kick off at the famous Big Red sand dune (named by our friend Denis Bartell in 1980 after one of his many extraordinary desert crossings, check out his book Desert Walker) followed by 750km of vast beauty vacant of any signs of civilization.
Imagine sitting atop a fiery red sand dune in the heart of the largest sand dune desert in the world, within the traditionally owned land of the East Arrernte people, all with a long dining table tastefully stretching under the glow of setting sun as you enjoy a quiet drink and pre-dinner snacks around the fire reflecting on the day as dinner is prepared. We typically serve crepes with vanilla bean ice cream, freshly baked bread, ground coffee, cooked breakfast, fresh fruit and pork belly to add a sense of luxury while in the heart of central Australia.
The Madigan Line should not be taken lightly, as the track can take its toll on fully loaded vehicles working hard to get over the dunes and suspension being pushed to the limit on the mogul sections of the track. Our location will be very remote so breakdowns are not ideal, therefore it is best to deal with these before taking on a crossing like the Madigan Line. This trip is not your average weekend getaway, so preparation is key. See the Vehicle Checklist tab for vehicle preparation, fuel usage and safety information.
From the east, the approach to the dunes is steepest. Between the dunes the track crosses an ever-changing land which makes for great riding and pleasant driving; bikes eat this track up. There's nothing like riding in the desert unladen, free to enjoy the ride on flowing sand tracks. These tracks are bundles of fun, but it's not a race, so remember to take it easy. You are on holiday; relax! Anyone riding dirt bikes needs to be backed up by their own vehicle. This allows the rider to have complete freedom without the worry of carrying excess weight, fuel, spares etc. whilst in the saddle. This trip ensures you will have an unforgettable experience in one of the most remote areas of central Australia.
This trip is completely customizable
The itinerary for this trip can be customized to suit your needs from your accomodations to what gear you need for the day.
This adventure is not instantly bookable at this time.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we recommend connecting directly to the operator via our messaging system, to create your ideal itinerary customized for your dates.