Munga-Thirri National Park Outback Queensland

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About Munga-Thirri

    Image of Munga-Thirri National Park.

    Munga-Thirri National Park.

    Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

    Park features

    At one million hectares, Munga-Thirri National Park is Queensland's largest protected area. At Poeppel Corner it meets South Australia's Simpson Desert Conservation Park and the Northern Territory's Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. The entire Simpson Desert covers more than 17 million hectares of Central Australia.

    Across the Simpson, parallel dunes rising to 90 m run south-east to north-west, the dominant wind direction when they formed during the Pleistocene epoch about 80,000 years ago. Spaced about 1 km apart, dunes can extend 200 km.

    Bare windswept crests stand atop slopes secured by spinifex and cane grass. Flat plains between dunes can be wind-polished gibber pebbles or mineral encrusted claypans, but many surprisingly support open shrub lands of acacias, hakeas and grevilleas.

    Read more about the nature, culture and history of Central West Queensland parks.

    Looking after the park

    Everything in Munga-Thirri National Park is protected, including plants, animals and heritage sites and artefacts. Please appreciate, respect and help care for Munga-Thirri's outstanding natural and cultural values by leaving things as you find them, and encouraging others to do the same.

    Please read looking after parks in Central West Queensland.

    Park management

    The department is responsible for managing the Munga-Thirri National Park, which has unique attributes. It is managed to conserve the park's natural condition and protect its cultural resources and values. A park management plan will be developed in the future.

    Tourism information links

    Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre
    Billabong Boulevard, Birdsville
    ph (07) 4656 3300 or 1300 794 257
    fax (07) 4656 3302

    Diamantina Shire Council
    506 Herbert Street, Bedourie
    ph (07) 4746 1202
    fax (07) 4746 1272

    For Desert Parks Passes contact:

    South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
    PO Box 78, Port Augusta SA 5700
    ph (08) 8648 5328
    fax (08) 8648 5301

    For a complete list of Desert Parks Pass agents, visit the website above.

    Desert Parks Passes are also available in Birdsville from:

    Birdsville Fuel Service (Mobil™ station)
    9 Adelaide Street, Birdsville
    ph (07) 4656 3236
    fax (07) 4656 3263

    Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre (details above)

    For information on road conditions contact:

    Queensland Transport
    Queensland Traffic
    Phone 13 19 40 for 24-hour road reports.

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.