Queensland's largest national park and one of her most remote,
the Simpson Desert National Park covers
over 10,000 square kilometres. The desert itself borders three states and covers a massive
200,000 sq km of inland Australia.
Not for the faint hearted, this park has no camping
facilities, walking tracks or picnic areas and should only be attempted by the well
equipped and adventurous 4WD traveller with spare fuel, spare parts, medical supplies,
and plenty of spare water. The best time to visit is during the winter as temperatures
often soar into the mid 40's or over 50 degree's during the rest of the year. Winter
temperatures can be freezing. Sand driving experience is also a necessity in this area.
Most of the park is sand dunes up to 20 metres high, 1 km apart and stretching over
300 km long, dust storms are commonplace as are sand drifts, clay pans, salt pans and
gibber plains. Although the park might sound desolate it is in fact home to many species
of native wildlife. One of the rarest marsupials in Australia the Mulgara
(Dasycercus cristicauda) is known to live here as do over 180 bird species and many
lizard species. Georgina gidgee wattle (Acacia georginae) is common in the park and can
be poisonous to some non native animals it also gives off a pungent smell when wet.