Simpson Desert (Munga-Thirri National Park)
Birdsville is considered the gateway to the Simpson desert. Now known as Munga-Thirri National Park, it is Queensland’s largest protected area and covers nearly a million hectares.
Head out into the ochre wilderness over red dunes and spinifex-strewn salt pans on the QAA Line to Poeppel Corner where South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland meet. You’ll understand why this desert has long held an allure to adventurers and explorers wanting to camp under the stars and immerse themselves in its harsh, rugged beauty. Surprisingly, the desert teems with life and is home to rare mammals, reptiles, and more than 180 species of bird.
Whether or not you’re an experienced visitor, self-sufficiency is the key and you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of water and that you and your 4WD vehicle are well prepared for the hot days (50˚C+) and freezing nights.
Don’t forget to check in with the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service in Birdsville and get your Desert Parks pass.