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The Simpson Desert conjures up images of huge expanse of sand stretching into the horizon, whilst others recall the endless undulating red sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see.

Whilst the Simpson Desert National Park is located within South Australia and Queensland, the Simpson Desert itself refers to an even larger region, that stretches beyond the perimeter of the national park and across the borders into the Northern Territory.

The Simpson Desert is one of those must see places for off-road enthusiast and those yearning for wide open spaces and big blue skies. The lure of the desert and the many places of interest along the desert fringes, provide another reason for exploring.

Occupying the south eastern corner of the Northern Territory, the Simpson Desert is a large region of sand ridges, with an altitude dropping to under 200 m and a summer temperature that can exceed 50°C. It is part of a region that crosses borders, both into South Australia and Queensland. It is a vast arid landscape with no roads, no walking trails and no facilities. Access is mainly by 4WD, that surprisingly becomes busy during the cooler winter months with visitors wanting to experience the ‘outback’ and the cosmic display of the night sky.

Several rivers including the Finke River start in the higher parts of the Northern Territory, before disappearing into the desert, but don’t expect to see water. There is the occasional rain fall, that causes a desert transformation, where masses of wildflowers appear and claypans become temporary waterholes attracting flocks of birds and other wildlife.

Those planning to cross the Simpson Desert from Alice Springs can enjoy some of the attractions and destinations that fringe the desert region, including Rainbow Valley, Chambers Pillar, Ewaninga Rock Carvings, Santa Theresa and Titjikala Art Centre.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre SA Simpson Desert Conservation Park

QLD Parks & Wildlife Service - Simpson Desert NP

Driving Across the Simpson Desert

Simpson Desert Maps

Maps for the Simpson Desert can be purchased from a variety of locations, some tourism venues, local newsagencies and service stations. There are simplified maps on the state/territory national parks websites, as well maps being available from other online resources.
Travel NT: Simpson Desert Map
Bing Maps - Simpson Desert National Park
Google Maps - Simpson Desert National Park
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