Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve

As of 16 March 2014 vehicles are now required to have high visibility safety flags attached to the front of the vehicle. Find out more.

Simpson Desert parks in South Australia and Queensland are closed in summer from 1 December to 15 March.

Located within the driest region of the Australian continent, the Simpson Desert Conservation Park is in the centre of the Simpson Desert, one of the world's best examples of parallel dunal desert.

The Simpson Desert consisting of sand dunes that stretch over hundreds of kilometres lies across the corners of three States - South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Explore the sheer magnitude of the endless landscape and the ever-changing environment by four-wheel driving among the red dunes, salt-crusted lakes, vast stretches of grasslands, dense scrubland and even tall stands of hakea and gidgee. After the rains the wildflowers bloom across the sand dunes.

The Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, just outside 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. The reserve links the Simpson Desert Conservation Park to Witjira National Park.

Location

Simpson Desert Conservation Park is located 957km north of Port Augusta. Access is via Stuart Highway, via Oodnadatta and Dalhousie Springs or through Birdsville from the east.

Opening times

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week April to November. Both the conservation park and regional reserve are closed from 1 December to 15 March.

Fire information

Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited from 6 November 2013 to 31 March 2014. 

Gas fires are permitted other than on days of total fire ban.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Fees

Fees apply.

Contact us

Desert parks information - Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5328
DEWNR Port Augusta office - Phone: (08) 8648 5300
Transport SA Road Report Hotline - 1300 361 033

Flora species

Important information

The Simpson Desert can only be accessed with a Desert Parks Pass.

Access may be restricted due to local road conditions. Please refer to the latest Desert Parks Bulletin (181kb pdf) for current access and road condition information.

This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.

Safety flag requirement

All vehicles must be fitted with a safety flag as detailed below when travelling in the Simpson Desert Conservation Park or Simpson Desert Regional Reserve.

Flag: 
  • Minimum 300mm wide by 290mm high
  • Made of fluorescent materials, red-orange or lime-yellow in colour
Vehicles:
  • With front bulbar - flag pole attached to the bulbar, with top of the flag a minimum 3.5 metres from the ground
  • Without front bulbar - flag pole attached via bracket at the front of the vehicle, with top of the flag a minimum 3.5 metres from the ground; alternatively flag pole attached to the front of the roof rack, with top of the flag a minimum 2 metres from the roof of vehicle
Motorbikes:
  • Safety flag currently exempt however headlights must be kept on at all times during travel

Further information

Location