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Tour Dates

May 2 – 19, 2021

 

Tour Inclusions

  • Welcome dinner in Ceduna
  • Last night dinner
  • All camping fees
  • Enroute 4wd training
  • Guided tour of Maralinga
  • Use of Kyaks at Meentheena Retreat
  • Guides and two recovery vehicles
  • General mechanical and electrical support
  • Sat phone
  • Defibrillator & First Aid
  • Permits and fees

Tour Exclusions

  • Camping equipment
  • Food
  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Radio’s
  • Fridges

Tour Hosts

Trent Moon, Moon Tours.

 

Coast to Coast 4wd Tagalong tour on Australia’s most Remote Roads

Anne Beadell Hwy, Connie Sue Hwy, Gunbarrel Hwy, Gary Hwy, Talawana track.

Great Victoria Desert, Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Great Sandy Desert.

Suitable for quality Australian made off-road campers and larger hybrids.

Our 4wd tag along tours have been designed to suit most people. so whether you tow an off-road camper or hybrid or nothing at all, your vehicle will need to have aftermarket suspension, off-road tyres a UHF and the ability to carry sufficient fuel, off-road experience is not required, we’ll be giving you all the support and 4WD training along the way.

This is our most adventurous 4wd tag along journey covering over more than 3000km and some of the most remote parts of the world. Iconic tracks and Beadell roads, though ‘roads’ is a loose term, we are not talking about technical, tight or steep rocky climbs, the remoteness, corrugations and the harsh Australian outback in all it’s beauty is the challenge. Reliability and preparedness is the key.

From the cool waters of the Great Australian Bight to the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean only a few hundred kilometres south of Broome.

Come and join us for our most remote 4wd Tagalong Tour yet!

Some highlights include The Great Victoria, the largest desert in Australia and consists of many small sandhills, grassland plains, areas with a closely packed surface of pebbles (called desert pavement or gibber plains) and salt lakes. It is over 700 kilometres (430 mi) wide (from west to east) and covers an area of 348,750 square kilometres (134,650 sq mi) from the Eastern Goldfieldsregion of Western Australia to the Gawler Ranges  in South Australia. The Western Australian mulga shrublands ecoregion lies to the west, the Little Sandy Desert to the northwest, the Gibson Desert and the Central Ranges xeric shrublands to the north, the Tirari-Sturt stony desert to the east, while the Nullarbor Plain to the south separates it from the Southern Ocean.

  • Experienced remote travel guides
  • Suitable for novice & experienced travellers
  • Suits off-road campers and hybrid vans
  • On road 4WD training
  • Extensive first aid medical kit
  • No age limits
  • Small intimate group size
  • Friendly & like minded travellers

Coast to Coast on Australia’s most remote roads

Across the Great Victoria Desert, Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Great Sandy Desert.

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Anne Beadell Hwy, Connie Sue Hwy, Gunbarrel Hwy, Gary Hwy and Talawana track.

From Ceduna in SA we travel north to historical Maralinga before heading across the Great Victoria Desert on the Anne Beadell Highway to Neale Junction and the Connie Sue Highway all the way to Warburton via Waterfall Gorge. The Gunbarrel Highway takes us across the Gibson Desert to the Gary Highway and then north to the Talawana track and onto Karlamilyi National Park. From here we make our way to Marble Bar and finally the Indian Ocean and Cape Keraudren.

The below itinerary is subject to change based on group pace, track conditions, permits and weather.

Day One – Ceduna, SA.

Arrive at Ceduna Camp ground in your own time. Meet and greet your crew, final vehicle prep and checks,

Welcome Dinner at Ceduna Hotel 6pm.

Included; camping & dinner.

Day Two & Three – Maralinga – 350km

We will visit the Maralinga Atomic Testing grounds, a site hitherto out of bounds since the British nuclear program finished in 1963.

Located in the remote area to the north west of Ceduna, in South Australia, Maralinga has had extensive and expensive cleaning up and rehabilitation, supervised by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). The third and final clean-up was completed in 2000 and visitors can now safely join a conducted tour of the remediated grounds that hosted seven nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s.

Included: 2 nights camping & guided tour of Maralinga

Day Four – Anne Beadell H/way via Oak Valley community (fuel available) – 180km

Day Five – Voakes Hill – Mamungari CP – 200km

Day Six – WA/SA Border to camp 60km east of RH – 230km

Day Seven – Neale Junction (Connie Sue H/way)– 235km. Ilkurlka Roadhouse (580km between fuel Oak Valley)

Day Eight – Waterfall Gorge (Connie Sue H/way) – 190km

Day Nine – Waterfall Gorge. Day trip to Sydney Yeo Chasm – 150km return

Day Ten – Warburton road house (Fuel (distance from last fuel 635km) – camp 20km west of community – 140km

Day Eleven – Mt Beadell – 180km. Great Central Rd – Heather H/way – Gunbarrel H/way

 

Day Twelve – McPhersons Pillar – Lake Cohen – 200km

Lake Cohen, when full, covers an area of around 320 hectares. A bird watchers paradise.

 

Day Thirteen – Midway Well (Tallawarna Tk) – 225km

 

Day Fourteen – Parnngur AC (fuel – distance from last fuel 750km) – Karlamilyi NP 260km

WA’s largest and most remote national park is located in the Pilbara amid lands between the Great Sandy Desert and the Little Sandy Desert.

The 1.3 million hectares of Karlamilyi National Park straddles the Rudall River, embracing desert dunes, spinifex grasslands, salt lakes and weathered plateaux and escarpments of sandstone and quartzite. Past ice age glaciers have abraded bedrock, striated and polished pavements and carved out valleys that remain today as features of the landscape.

Day Fifteen – Karlamilyi NP Desert Queen Baths and onto Coolbro Pool – 140km

The landscape around the Rudall River and the park at large is remarkably varied: red sand dunes drift across the spinifex and desert oak studded plains while outbreaks of sandstone and quartz date back more than 200 million years ago, a result of ancient glacial activity. Looking at the landscape today, it is hard to believe that glaciers were ever a feature around here. In stark contrast, rocky outcrops, rugged gorges and colourful cliffs stand abruptly within the Broadhurst and Fingoon ranges. Coolabah trees and river gums line pristine pools in Rudall River and other watercourses. The elegant-looking desert oak likes to grow on the sandplains along with spinifex.

Day Sixteen – Meentheena Veterans Retreat – 280km

Meentheena Veterans Retreat is dedicated to those who have served in the Australian military forces, as well as para-military veterans who have served in peace-keeping roles, police, fire and rescue, ambulance officers and state emergency service volunteers.

Situated in the heart of the Pilbara in Western Australia, Meentheena has so many things to offer for those who have an appreciation for wide open spaces, rugged and colourful landscapes, pristine billabongs, beautiful flora and fauna, stunning sunsets and the kind of silence that can only be found in the outback.

Day Seventeen – Marble Bar (fuel- distance from last fuel 470km) – Cape Keraudren – 250km

Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve is located 150km north east of Port Hedland on the Great Northern Highway, and 10kms off the highway via the Cape Keraudren Access Road. Cape Keraudren is a nature based recreational reserve and is a haven for marine, terrestrial and oceanic animals. The Reserve is a favourite for fishing, crabbing and enjoying a low-key, quiet and private getaway. Dont forget your fishing rods!The reserve comprises an area of approximately 4,800 hectares, including 60km of coastline, and came under the control of the Shire of East Pilbara in 1985.Included; Camping & vehicle access fees.

Day Eighteen – Cape Keraudren. Trip end.

The last morning is spent relaxing, exchanging photos and phone numbers.

 

If you would like to stay a few extra nights, additional nights camping can be paid at the pay station on site.

ABOUT YOUR GUIDES.

Please also see ‘Our story’ tab on the main menu.

Trent Moon and his old man, Ron, along with his high school mate, Matt Gallace, are all the closest of friends and have been on many adventures together around Australia and Africa.

Trent grew up in the footsteps of his parents Ron & Viv Moon, 4WD legends and modern day explorers who made a life out of remote travel, publishing 4WD Guidebooks, mapping Australia and travel writing for the best part of 40 years. Ron was editor of 4×4 Australia Magazine for 15 years and is still editor at large today. There is nothing they enjoy more than travelling and being involved with Moon Tours together.

Matt is an experienced off roader, a farmer and very handy with mechanical, electrical and welding. He drives a 79 Series dual cab and will be the second back up vehicle.

Trent was lucky to spend most of his life in the outback, exploring Africa or in remote areas of our seas. He started driving at a very young age and before the age of 12 would often be found behind the wheel taking on Australia’s toughest tracks. Not something we can recommend these days. He has been fortunate to have crossed the Simpson many times and now enjoys sharing it with others.

In 2017 Ron & Trent crossed the Madigan Line with Denis Bartell, who then at 83 had notched up 40 odd Simpson Desert crossings naming the famous sand dune, Big Red, in the process. Denis was the first person to have walked solo West – East, North – South and the first to drive across the Northern part of the desert.

Trent and Stephanie have been sharing their travel experiences with groups for almost ten years; from Australia to Mozambique, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Fiji and more.

ARE YOU AND YOUR VEHICLE PREPARED?

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Suspension and tyres are the most crucial mods for this trip, along with protecting you vehicles engine from dust with a snorkel. In general this is not a technically challenging 4WD trip when it comes to traversing very rough, steep, muddy or tight tracks requiring winching and crazy angles. The corrugations, remote location, lack of water, heavy loads and long distances are going to be the biggest challenge ahead of you here.

Vehicles and trailers wanting to tackle this itinerary need to be well set up. You don’t need every item from the accessories catalogue there are some essential minimum requirements. Reliability is key.

Vehicles – Pre trip service by a 4WD specialist and replacement of anything on the way out. A bull bar, snorkel and dual battery system for outback travel is highly recommended as well as a winch, although not all mandatory for this trip. You will need a recovery kit including MaxTrax, aftermarket suspension, off-road tyres, UHF radio and the ability to carry sufficient fuel as well as a fridge if you want fresh food and cold beer.

Trailers – As with the tow tug your trailer needs to go through the same prep with a good pre travel service and maintenance. Have everything checked over and anything worn to be replaced prior to the trip. Wheel bearings, electrics and structural integrity are key.

Aussie made trailers –  AOR (Australian Off Road campers), Track (Tvan)TrakmasterPatriot CampersCub Campers, Pioneer CampersKimberley KampersUltimate Campers and the likes are most welcome.

Safety is our number one priority
In the Moon Tours kit it’s likely we have some items on board for your and our piece of mind.
  • Satellite phone
  • Epirb
  • Large first aid kit including broad spectrum antibiotics, painkillers, muscle relaxants and morphine whistles. (you should have your own)
  • Defibrillator
  • Winch
  • Welding equipment
  • Grinder
  • Tools

Vehicle / Trailer preparation

Every vehicle will be required to have, at the absolute minimum the following below.
  • Pre trip inspection carried out by a reputable 4WD work shop, not your local car mechanic. (We recommend Outback 4WD if you’re in Melbourne)
  • Pre trip service on your trailer contact your nearest service centre.
  • Radio with external aerial
  • GPS with appropriate maps (we recommend downloading the HEMA Australia app and maps or the HEMA Navigator)
  • Bull bar (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • Snorkel (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Heavy Duty all terrain tyres
  • Dual Battery system (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • Fridge (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • Two spare tyres on rims to suit your vehicle
  • At least one spare on a rim for your trailer
  • Basic tyre repair
  • Recovery kit and MaxTrax
  • Compressor and tyre gauge
  • Basic tool kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit

How much fuel do I need?

  • Enough fuel for up to 1150km the longest stint between fuel stops if Maralinga has none

How much water do I need?

  • At least 100 litres per vehicle.

What camping equipment do I need

  • You will need to be self sufficient
  • Camp chairs
  • Cooking gear
  • Cutlery and dishwashing
  • Head torch and camp lights
  • Axe, shovel

Minimum Spares Kit Recommended

  • Fan belts
  • Oil
  • Radiator stop leak
  • Radiator hose tape
  • Fuses
  • Trailer spares recommended by manufacturer. Most common faults will be electrical, welds, bearings (though they should be as new before the trip)
  • Air Filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Brake Fluid

GALLERY

RATES – Refundable $1000 deposits per person if travel restrictions remain in place. 

  • AUD$8500 inc GST per vehicle with or without trailer and two persons.
  • Additional third adult passenger $2750 inc GST
  • Teenage passenger $550 inc GST
  • Children under 12 years travel free, meals not included

AVAILABILTY

NO MORE TRAILERS – ROOF TOP TENTS & SWAGS WELCOMED

Vehicle 1 LC200 & AOR Matrix Paul & Gill
Vehicle 2 LC76 & TVAN John & Julie
Vehicle 3 TVAN Bruce & Debbie
Vehicle 4 LC100 & AOR Matrix Bruce & Ingrid
Vehicle 5 Ranger & AOR Matrix Lisa & Robert
Vehicle 6 LC200 & AOR Matrix Phil & Karen
Vehicle 7 Amorok & AOR Matrix Iain & Mandy
Vehicle 8 LC200 & TVAN Andrew & Jennifer