Desert Parks Bulletin

Desert Parks Bulletin

Before vis­it­ing parks in the Flinders and Out­back region check the lat­est Desert Parks Bul­letin and road con­di­tion report for infor­ma­tion about access, clo­sures, camp­grounds and roads.

No. 746 | Updat­ed: 26 July 2022

Safe­ty in the Outback

  • ALERT: Water across tracks has resulted in electrical faults being reported in a number of vehicles. High clearance 4WD’s recommended and extra care is required when navigating these areas.

Out­back day­time tem­per­a­tures can reach high 40s. If you are trav­el­ling in the Out­back, you should bring appro­pri­ate cloth­ing, ensure your vehi­cles are prop­er­ly pre­pared and equipped for out­back trav­el and any emer­gen­cies or delays. Take extra water, food and fuel sup­plies. Ensure good com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, either HF Radio or Satel­lite Phone and an EPIRB or PLB. Ensure you noti­fy a respon­si­ble per­son, such as a fam­i­ly mem­ber, of your plans pri­or to trav­el­ling into remote areas, and seek local advice.

If you attempt dri­ving in sandy con­di­tions and get bogged, do not attempt to get the vehi­cle out with­out ensur­ing 4WD and hubs are engaged, tyre pres­sures are decreased and sand is removed from the path of the tyres. If you become stuck, do not leave your vehi­cles to walk for assis­tance as this can have fatal consequences.

Speed lim­its

Check road and weath­er bul­letins and local con­di­tions before trav­el­ling into the Out­back. Speed lim­its of 40km per hour apply with­in all parks. For up to date pub­lic road infor­ma­tion out­side of Nation­al Parks, please call the Trans­port SA Road Con­di­tion Hot­line on 1300361033 or vis­it Trans­port SA.

Kati Than­da-Lake Eyre Nation­al Park

  • ALERT: It is important that campers and other park visitors are self-sufficient, and carry their own cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene products with them.

Hal­li­gan Bay Point Pub­lic Access Route Open to 4WD — It is a bush track, not a road. Dri­ve with cau­tion along the entire track as the land­scape is frag­ile and the track will dete­ri­o­rate with the num­ber of vehi­cles using it. Please dri­ve to track con­di­tions. Dri­ving on the Lake sur­face is an offence and dan­ger­ous. Trail­ers and car­a­vans are not rec­om­mend­ed.

Lev­el Post Bay Pub­lic Access RouteOpen to 4WD — It is a bush track, not a road. Dri­ve with cau­tion along the entire track as the land­scape is frag­ile and the track will dete­ri­o­rate with the num­ber of vehi­cles using it. Please dri­ve to track con­di­tions. Dri­ving on the Lake sur­face is an offence and dan­ger­ous. Trail­ers and car­a­vans are not recommended.

Tal­laringa Con­ser­va­tion Park — Open to 4WD

  • ALERT: It is important that campers and other park visitors are self-sufficient, and carry their own cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene products with them.
  • The Anne Beadell Highway west of Tallaringa crosses the Amber Zone 2 in the Woomera Prohibited Area and is subject to annual closures by the Department of Defence. For the latest information please check the Department of Defence website at: www.defence.gov.au/woomera

Online park book­ings or a Desert Parks Pass is required, as well as a tourist access per­mit to access this area from the Depart­ment of Defence.

Innam­inc­ka Region­al Reserve and Malkum­ba-Coongie Lakes Nation­al Park

  • ALERT: It is important that campers and other park visitors are self-sufficient, and carry their own cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene products with them.
  • ALERT: Please remain on tracks, the surrounding ground can be wet, boggy and treacherous.


Extreme cau­tion at pond­ed water, washouts and cor­ru­ga­tions, plus rut­ted sec­tions from vis­i­tors dri­ving on wet tracks.

Please note that chain­saws and fire wood col­lec­tion is pro­hib­it­ed in Innam­inc­ka Region­al Reserve and Malkum­ba-Coongie Lakes Nation­al Park, with no wood fires per­mit­ted at Malkum­ba-Coongie Lakes Nation­al Park. Bring fire­wood with you and take your waste mate­r­i­al home or deposit it at the Innam­inc­ka town­ship refuse site.

  • Coongie Track to Kudremitchie Camp­ground – Closed due to ris­ing flood waters
  • Coongie Track Kudremitchie Camp­ground to Malkum­ba-Coongie Lakes Nation­al Park – Closed due to ris­ing flood waters
  • 15 Mile Track — Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Merninie Loop – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Cullya­mur­ra Water­hole – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Burke’s Grave — Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Queer­bi­die -Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Police­mans — Closed due to ris­ing flood waters
  • Kings Mark­er -Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Ski Beach Camp­ground — Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Wills Grave — Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Minke Water­hole Camp­ground – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Old Strz­elec­ki Track (on Innam­inc­ka Region­al Reserve only) – Closed due to ris­ing flood waters
  • Bore Track North – Closed due to rain.
  • Bore Track South – Closed.
  • Walk­er Cross­ing Pub­lic Access Route – Closed until fur­ther notice.

Witji­ra Nation­al Park

  • ALERT: It is important that campers and other park visitors are self-sufficient, and carry their own firewood, drinking water, cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene products with them.
  • Witji­ra Nation­al Park – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Dal­housie Camp­ground –Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts. 
  • Three O’Clock Creek Camp­ground – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts. 
  • Dal­housie Camp­ground to Purni Bore – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • Pedir­ka Pub­lic Access Route – Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts.
  • The Dal­housie airstripClosed to pub­lic use.
  • Binns Track Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts. 
  • Bloods Creek Ruin to Fed­er­al Water­hole Track Open to 4WDCau­tion at pond­ed water and washouts

Tracks in the park are grad­ed in June.

Rub­bish tips are locat­ed 3 kilo­me­tres east and west of the Dal­housie camp­ground or at Birdsville for dis­pos­al of rubbish.

Check local con­di­tions before trav­el­ling into this area. Vis­it Nation­al Parks for more information.

Wood fires are not per­mit­ted in Witji­ra, with the excep­tion that wood fires are still per­mit­ted at Mt Dare. Wood can be car­ried through Witji­ra to be used in the Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert reserves.

  • Pink Road­house (Ph: (618) 86707822) – Agent for the Desert Parks Pass. Pro­vides diesel and unlead­ed fuel, accom­mo­da­tion, food and gro­ceries, meals, minor repairs, tyres, trav­el sup­plies, and alcohol.
  • Mt Dare Hotel (Ph: (618) 86707835) – Agent for the Desert Parks Pass. Pro­vides diesel and unlead­ed fuel, accom­mo­da­tion, meals, hot show­ers, minor repairs, camp­ing, trav­el sup­plies, alco­hol, and phone cards avail­able for trav­ellers. Satel­lite phones are avail­able to hire from Mt Dare Hotel for trips across the Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert.

Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert Nation­al Park — Open to 4WD

  • ALERT: This bulletin applies to the South Australian Munga-Thirri – Simpson Desert National Park only. It does not apply to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service’ Munga-Thirri National Park. For up to date information on this park please check Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • ALERT: Between 26 and 28 July, the Central Land Council and Traditional Owners in partnership with the Indigenous Desert Alliance will be conducting aerial burns in the Northern Territory section of the Simpson Desert. If winds are from the north, people travelling along the French Line could possibly see smoke, but there is no need for concern.
  • ALERT: It is important that campers and other park visitors are self-sufficient, and carry their own cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene products with them.

Extreme cau­tion at pond­ed water, washouts and cor­ru­ga­tions, plus rut­ted sections.

The tracks with­in Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert are un-main­tained 4WD tracks and con­di­tions can change unpredictably.

Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice does not not rec­om­mend tow­ing trail­ers or campers with­in the desert.

  • War­bur­ton Cross­ing Pub­lic Access Route –Closed due to flooding 
  • Col­son Track –Closed due to rain. For Per­mit infor­ma­tion and track sta­tus of the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry sec­tion check with the Cen­tral Lands Council 

Con­di­tion updates

As con­di­tions change a fur­ther update bul­letin will be issued. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on SA Desert Parks and Far North­ern South Aus­tralian road and track access, please call Desert Parks on (618) 86485328 or the Trans­port SA Out­back Roads hot­line on 1300361 033.

The DIT out­back Road Warn­ings web­site can be accessed here https://​dit​.sa​.gov​.au/​O​u​t​b​a​c​k​Roads

Alter­na­tive­ly con­tact local Police where applic­a­ble for con­di­tion updates. For trav­el com­mu­ni­ca­tions, con­tact the Aus­tralian Nation­al 4WD Radio Net­work Inc on (618) 7325 2600.

Fight the Bite – a health warn­ing from SA Health

Mos­qui­toes can be active around water­bod­ies in north­ern South Australia.

Mos­qui­toes are not only a nui­sance but some can spread seri­ous dis­ease such as Ross Riv­er virus (RRv) and Barmah For­est virus (BFv) when they bite (symp­toms of RRv and BFv can include joint pains, rash, fever, fatigue or mus­cle pain).

There is NOCURE and NOVAC­CINE to pro­tect against these mos­qui­to borne dis­eases. The only known and effec­tive way to reduce risk of mos­qui­to borne dis­ease is to pre­vent mos­qui­to bites.

If you are a vis­i­tor, or if you live in north­ern South Aus­tralia, it is impor­tant that you pro­tect your­self, your fam­i­ly and friends against mos­qui­to borne dis­ease by Fight­ing the Bite. Key strate­gies include:

  • Cov­er­ing up – wear long, light coloured, loose fit­ting cloth­ing (mos­qui­toes can bite through tight clothes like jeans)
  • Apply per­son­al insect repel­lent con­tain­ing DEET or Picaridin (avoid using on babies and tod­dlers and ALWAYS read and fol­low instruc­tions on the label first).
  • Ensure insect screens cov­er open­ings in hol­i­day hous­es, boats, car­a­vans or tents.
  • Cov­er sleep­ing areas or beds with mos­qui­to nets if necessary.

For addi­tion­al strate­gies and infor­ma­tion about how to Fight the Bite and pro­tect against mos­qui­to borne dis­ease vis­it SA Health.

Travis Gotch
Dis­trict Ranger Out­back
Flinders & Out­back
DesertParks@​sa.​gov.​au

While every attempt has been made to pro­vide up to date infor­ma­tion in this bul­letin, all trav­ellers are respon­si­ble for ensur­ing that they obtain accu­rate and detailed infor­ma­tion and are prop­er­ly equipped and pre­pared for all emer­gen­cies pri­or to trav­el­ling into remote out­back areas.