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
Chambers Pillar, Ewaninga Rock Carvings, Santa Theresa and Titjikala Art
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.