At one million hectares, Munga-Thirri National Park is Queensland's largest protected area. At Poeppels Corner the park meets South Australia and the Northern Territory. The entire Simpson Desert covers more than 17 million hectares of Central Australia.
Across the Simpson, parallel dunes rising to 30–40m run south-east to north-west, the dominant wind direction when they formed during the Pleistocene epoch about 80,000 years ago. Spaced about 1km apart, dunes can extend 200km.
Bare windswept crests stand atop slopes secured by spinifex and cane grass. In the easterly and westerly areas of the desert, the flat plains between dunes can be wind-polished gibber pebbles, here at Munga-Thirri the plains are usually shallow sands or mineral encrusted claypans. These plains 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.
Or visit www.visitbirdsville.com
Also see Desert Parks Bulletin.
Desert Parks Passes are also available in Birdsville from:
Birdsville Fuel Service
9 Adelaide Street, Birdsville
ph (07) 4656 3236
fax (07) 4656 3263
The Birdsville Roadhouse
Frew Street, Birdsville
ph (07) 4636 3226
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.
- Madigan Track within Munga-Thirri National Park closed due to flooding of Eyre Creek 11 September to 8 October 2023