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. 743 | Updated: 4 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 1300 361 033 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 Route – closed until further notice.

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 - Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Merninie Loop – Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Cullyamurra Waterhole – Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Burke’s Grave - Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Queerbidie -Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Policemans - Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Kings Marker -Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Ski Beach Campground - Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Wills Grave - Closed due to rising flood waters
  • Minke Waterhole Campground – Closed due to rising flood waters
  • 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 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Dalhousie Campground – Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Three O’Clock Creek Campground – Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Dalhousie Campground to Purni Bore – Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Pedirka Public Access Route – Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • The Dalhousie airstripClosed to public use.
  • Binns Track Open to 4WD Caution at ponded water and washouts.
  • Bloods Creek Ruin to Federal Waterhole Track Open to 4WD Caution 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: (61 8) 8670 7822) – 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: (61 8) 8670 7835) – 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

  • 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: 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 rising floodwaters.
  • 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 (61 8) 8648 5328 or the Transport SA Outback Roads hotline on 1300 361 033.

The DIT outback Road Warnings website can be accessed here https://dit.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads

Alternatively contact local Police where applicable for condition updates. For travel communications, contact the Australian National 4WD Radio Network Inc on (61 8) 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 NO CURE and NO VACCINE 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.