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The Hay River, North Simpon Desert by Joe Mortelliti

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This is the smooth rich red sands of the Hay River located in the wilderness area of the North Simpson Desert.
Seasonal rains create flash floods, brining life to the desert… a ribbon of life that runs from NT near Jervios through the heart of the Simpson, on toward Poepell corner near the QAA line and French Line..These tracks at the south end of the desert are the normal desert crossing routes, taking people from Alice Springs to Birdsville.
They were originally established by likes of Fench Petrolem in the search for oil.

A very rare scene experience only by a few travellers, and I would beleive not previously photographed this deep into the desert.


  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeover 7 years ago

    almost iconic!
    I wish I could travel up there. It looks so … natural.

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiover 7 years ago

    Anne in the moist morning air it was sooo powder smooth, red rich and beautifull … we felt guilty leaving our footprints on it’s surface…as the day and light changes along with moisture content in air the sand keeps constanly keeps changing colour and at times looks very much like beach sand but smooth as powder.

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