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.
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.
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.
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:
Phone 13 19 40 for 24-hour road reports.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.