Simpson Desert: 2 yrs on

In 2012 we did a trip across the Simpson Desert and up the Hay River Track. 2012 was the year of big rains and big floods which rolled down from the north and created lakes in this usually dry desert. The first section of that trip was out from Birdsville and we had to take a huge detour around a full Lake Nappanerica to reach the infamous Big Red sand dune. The lake was teaming with birdlife, just as the rest of the desert was alive with plants and animals of all varieties. Most of the red dunes were covered in green foliage.

Last week we climbed Big Red again and it was a very different story. The Lake was bone dry and the tracks dusty and bare. The photos below show the contrast from 2012 to 2014. Nevertheless, wet or dry, the Simpson Desert still takes my breath away and I can’t wait for my next visit.

2012: Lake Nappanerica taken from the top of the Big Red sand-dune Note the green plants on the edges of the lake

2012: Lake Nappanerica taken from the top of the Big Red sand-dune Note the green plants on the edges of the lake

2014: The same view. We were able to drive straight across the lake this time

2014: The same view. We were able to drive straight across the lake this time

2012: Flocks of birds over the Lake. Notice the submerged fencing.

2012: Flocks of birds over the Lake. Notice the submerged fencing.

2014: Not a bird in sight. The difference in colour is quite extraordinary

2014: Not a bird in sight. The difference in colour is quite extraordinary

2012: Lots of water

2012: Lots of water

2014: Not much water (only a happy driver)

2014: No water (only a happy driver)

 

2012: Lots of colour in the desert

2012: Lots of colour in the desert

2014: Lots of dust in the desert

2014: Lots of dust in the desert

2014: The vast dry desert is an amazing sight

2014: The vast dry desert is an amazing sight

2012: Just as the watery desert was an amazing sight

2012: Just as the watery desert was an amazing sight

2014: Sunset on Big Red. One of the most breathtaking views in Australia.

2014: Sunset on Big Red. One of the most breathtaking views in Australia.

2014: Sunset on Big Red. One of the most breathtaking sights to see in Australia.

2014: Sunset on the Simpson Desert. So peaceful.

 

One Response to “Simpson Desert: 2 yrs on”

  1. It’s amazing how the rain totally transforms the landscape. Absolutely incredible!

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