The Madigan Line across the northern Simpson Desert follows the route taken by Cecil Madigan’s exploration expedition in 1939
The Madigan Line traces the route of Madigan’s expedition from Old Andado in the west to Birdsville in the east, visiting most of the 25 campsites along the way. Like the other tracks of the Simpson Desert there is plenty of sand and spinifex; unlike those other tracks, the Madigan Line has never been properly formed, so it is an adventure for 4-wheel drivers and tests their navigation skills. Vic Widman of Great Divide Tours leads another convoy on this great 4×4 adventure.
Cecil Madigan was a geologist and explorer and joined Sir Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition as a meteorologist in 1911. After numerous aerial surveys of Central Australia, he led the first major expedition across the Simpson Desert using camels to carry all the equipment.
The Madigan Line compares the adventures of a group of modern day travellers with the difficulties and triumphs of the Madigan expedition. The group visited most of the campsites (some are not available to travellers).
The convoy crossed Eyre Creek on Madigan’s route, before turning south and joining the QAA Line. Yes we crossed Big Red, before heading to Birdsville for our own celebration.