Witjira National Park

On the western edge of the Simpson Desert, among sand dunes and floodplains, lie thermal springs surrounded by lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife.

Witjira National Park features more than 120 mound springs providing opportunities to swim in the warm waters of the Dalhousie Main Spring. The nearby campgrounds offer a good base to explore the park.

The springs were used by Aboriginal people for years as a source of food, shelter and medicine and are home to unique species of fish such as the Lake Eyre hardy-head and other rare aquatic life that are found nowhere else in the world. The springs are also a haven for arid land birdlife.

If you're lucky enough to be visiting the park a few weeks after a soaking rain, you'll be rewarded with the ephemeral wildflowers bursting into bloom.

Location

Witjira National Park is located 887km north west of Port Augusta. Access is via Stuart Highway, Oodnadatta.

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fire information

Wood fires are prohibited throughout the year.

Solid fuel fires are prohibited from 6 November 2013 to 31 March 2014. Outside of these dates solid fuel fires are permitted in portable firepits, braziers or similar receptacles only.

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

Mt Dare Campground: Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited from 6 November 2013 to 31 March 2014 inclusive.

Wood must be supplied from outside the park, an adult must be in attendance and the fire must be extinguished before departure. Refer to the Witjira wood fire ban policy (274kb pdf) for further details.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Fees

Fees apply.

Contact Us

Desert Parks Hotline - 1800 816 078
DEWNR Port Augusta office Phone - (+61 8) 8648 5300
Transport SA Road Report Hotline - 1300 361 033

Flora Species

Witjira National Park flora - alphabetical (161kb pdf)
Witijira National Park flora - family (183kb pdf)
Wildlife of the Desert Parks (419kb pdf)

Important Information

Access east of Dalhousie requires the purchase of a Desert Parks Pass.

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

Access may be restricted due to local road conditions. Please refer to the latest Desert Parks Bulletin (79kb pdf) for current access and road condition information.

The Dalhousie airstrip is a private airstrip which is currently closed to the public.

Further Information

Witijira National Park brochure (898kb pdf)
Desert Parks of South Australia (3.46mb pdf)
Parks Guide - Flinders Ranges and Outback (1.26mb pdf)
Remote Area Travel Information brochure (2.12mb pdf)