Bid Red is undisputably the most famous dune of the Simpson Desert.
Located at the most eastern border, Big Red is either the first or the last of the 1,100+ sand dunes that 4WDers would expect to encounter during a Simpson crossing, and as the name would suggest… she’s a big girl!
Drivers, however, shouldn’t be daunted by Big Red, as while she stands at approximately 40 meters high, her tracks are well trodden, and the climb is relatively gradual. All drivers should be well equipped for sand driving ensuring they are running appropriate tyres, tyre pressures, are not carrying overly heavy loads and are using safety flags to offer oncoming traffic a ‘heads up’ of their existence.
Like any loveable Aussie, Big Red, of course, is nothing more than a nick name for its more sophisticated name ‘Nappanerica’.
Many would argue that no ‘bucket list’ of four wheel driving is complete without a Simpson Desert Crossing. We can be sure to expect many photos of our Icons abreast Big Red.