Binns Track - Mt Dare to Alice Springs

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesAlice Springs
FinishMount Dare Hotel
DifficultyDifficulty 3.5/5
Suitable For4WD Motorbike 
Distance440.69 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed50.21 km/hr
Travel Time8 hrs 46 mins
Page Updated: 15 Mar 2023


The Binns Track is a series of sealed and gravel roads and four-wheel drive tracks each with their own well-known road names. By following the Binns Track you can travel from the edge of the Simpson Desert in South Australia, to Timber Creek in the Northern Territory’s top end. Altogether the Binns Track covers nearly 2,200 kilometres.

The track between Mt Dare on the edge of the Simpson Desert to Alice Springs has long been known as the Old Andado Track so that is the dual name for this section of the track. This the most southern part of the larger tourist route known as the Binns Track.
The route traverses fascinating terrain that includes mountain ranges, rocky gibber plains, desert sand dunes and floodplains. It truly is a breath taking experience and one that you will not expect to see in Central Australia.

This trek can be done in either order and links up well with other ExplorOz Treks.

This section is recommended for 4WD's only. Towing of heavy duty offroad vans and camper trailers however is fine.

Be aware that the track north from Mt Dare crosses into Northern Territory and over the normally dry Finke River. The direct route to Old Andado is subject to flooding and track damage caused by heavy rain events. Therefore, it may be necessary to use the longer route through New Crown to reach Old Andado homestead.

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Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve

One of Australia's rarest trees, the Waddy Tree (Acacia Peuce) is found in this reserve. It can only be found in 3 isolated stands on the edge of the Simpson Desert in the Northern Territory and in Queensland. The other 2 locations are on the Bedourie Road and near Montague Downs, QLD. Each site has up to several hundred trees, scattered over a few square kilometres. Even though the tree may live to over 500 years old, there are little signs of regeneration at the Andado and Birdsville sites. The waddy tree has a very dense hard wood and was used by aboriginals for weapons and early surveyors used the timber as miles markers when making state boundary surveys in the 1880's.


The Old Andado Homestead was built in the mid 1920's by the McDill Brothers, Robert and George. They erected the original two room section as an addition to the earlier mud brick living quarters on the occasion of George's wedding. The iron and other materials used in the house were carted to Andado on a camel team from Oodnadatta by the then carriers Bagot and Marsh. The materials were dismantled from the house of Mrs McDill, Robert and Georges' mother.

Andado changed hands a number of times and in 1955 Mr H Overton, a part owner of Clifton Hills station formed a partnership with Mac Clarke, forming the Andado Pastoral Company. In 1958, the first of several new residences built 16kms west of Old Andado were completed forming the new and now Andado Station. Members of the Clarke family remained in the old homestead and in 1969; the Clarke family acquired the station outright, securing Freehold Lease no 778.

Mac Clarke died in 1979 and Molly stayed on to manage the property. Molly died in 2012 however a volunteer caretaker system has been in place to keep up preservation of the site and to enable campers to visit between May and October each season. An announcement by the family in July 2018 stated that the station would be leased to a tourism business to ensure that camping and access to the old homestead will be ongoing and managed professionally. To this day, visitors have continued to gain access via this route and there is good signage and local information to help you find your way.

The most important other bit of history to take place at Old Andado was that Dr Cecil Madigan started his 1939 Simpson Desert Scientific Expedition from Old Andado.

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Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.
Take special note that although this route does not look far on maps, you will need to allow at least 2 days to do this trip, and you will need to be prepared for anything to occur. It is very remote country so vehicles must be well equipped for emergency situations. You will need to take sufficient Fuel, Food and Water as there is no-where to stop and get supplies. As with all 4WD trips, you will also need Recovery Gear as well as a form of long distance Communications such as HF Radio, UHF Radio, Navigation equipment and it might be handy to look into a Satellite Phone.


No permits are required

Fuel Usage

4cyl 62 litres4cyl 71 litres4cyl 88 litres
6cyl 68 litres *6cyl 80 litres6cyl 78 litres
8cyl 68 litres8cyl 73 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 138.79km NW
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9
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Alice Springs to Santa Teresa
Driving: 80.99 km
Heading: 134°
Avg Speed: 63.71 km/hr
EST Time: 01:16:16
Santa Teresa to Allambi
Driving: 18.76 km
Heading: 168°
Avg Speed: 55.37 km/hr
EST Time: 20:19
Allambi to Old Andado Tk & Mac Clarke CR Access
Driving: 179.24 km
Heading: 132°
Avg Speed: 63.24 km/hr
EST Time: 02:50:03
Old Andado Tk & Mac Clarke CR Access to Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve
Driving: 9.74 km
Heading: 98°
Avg Speed: 46 km/hr
EST Time: 12:42
  • Head southeast on Old Andado Track for: 0.08 km time: 00:06
  • Continue left onto Old Andado - Mac Clark CR for: 9.66 km time: 12:36
Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve to Old Andado Tk & Mac Clarke CR Access
Driving: 9.74 km
Heading: 278°
Avg Speed: 46 km/hr
EST Time: 12:42
  • Head southeast on Old Andado Track for: 0.08 km time: 00:06
  • Continue left onto Old Andado - Mac Clark CR for: 9.66 km time: 12:36
Old Andado Tk & Mac Clarke CR Access to Old Andado (Campground)
Driving: 37.47 km
Heading: 177°
Avg Speed: 59.84 km/hr
EST Time: 37:34
Old Andado (Campground) to Junction Of Old Andado Trk & Mt Dare Trk
Driving: 16.14 km
Heading: 258°
Avg Speed: 57.14 km/hr
EST Time: 16:56
Junction Of Old Andado Trk & Mt Dare Trk to Mayfield Bore
Driving: 45.89 km
Heading: 185°
Avg Speed: 55.64 km/hr
EST Time: 49:29
Mayfield Bore to Mayfield Swamp
Driving: 0.9 km
Heading: 145°
Avg Speed: 32.61 km/hr
EST Time: 01:39
Mayfield Swamp to Mcdills Bore & Stockyard
Driving: 9.51 km
Heading: 189°
Avg Speed: 51.28 km/hr
EST Time: 11:07
Mcdills Bore & Stockyard to Old Andado Tk & Mt Dare Tk
Driving: 0.28 km
Heading: 165°
Avg Speed: 34.38 km/hr
EST Time: 00:29
Old Andado Tk & Mt Dare Tk to SA/NT Border Marker
Driving: 18.05 km
Heading: 155°
Avg Speed: 37.38 km/hr
EST Time: 28:58
SA/NT Border Marker to Mount Dare Hotel
Driving: 13.98 km
Heading: 227°
Avg Speed: 50.18 km/hr
EST Time: 16:42
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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