Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park

Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park

Whole of park and reserve closed from 6pm Thursday 30 November 2023 until 6pm Friday 15 March 2024 due to anticipated high daytime temperatures likely to be experienced during the closure period. Details

    Park fees:
    Desert parks pass required
    1445km from Adelaide
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    Check the lat­est Desert Parks Bul­letin before vis­it­ing this park. 

    Locat­ed with­in the dri­est region of the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent, the Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert Nation­al Park is in the cen­tre of the Simp­son Desert, is one of the world’s best exam­ples of par­al­lel dunal desert and at 3.6 mil­lion hectares, it is the largest nation­al park in Australia

    The Simp­son Desert’s sand dunes stretch over hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres and lie across the cor­ners of 3 states – South Aus­tralia, Queens­land and the North­ern Territory.

    The park fea­tures a wide vari­ety of desert wildlife pre­served in a land­scape of var­ied dune sys­tems, exten­sive playa lakes, spinifex grass­lands and aca­cia wood­lands, and is linked to Witji­ra Nation­al Park.

    Simp­son Desert parks in South Aus­tralia and Queens­land are closed in sum­mer from 1 Decem­ber to 15 March. Vehi­cles are required to have high vis­i­bil­i­ty safe­ty flags attached to the front of the vehicle.

    Park maps

    Maps on your mobile

    If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za PDF Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

    The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins. 

    How to get it work­ing on your device:

    1. Down­load the Aven­za PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
    2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
    3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.
    4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
    5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za app.
    6. Use our maps through the Aven­za PDF map app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.