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Things to do
Camping is permitted within 500 m of the QAA line only. There are no facilities or designated campgrounds.
Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Find out more about camping in Munga-Thirri National Park.
- Book your camping permit online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
- See more general information about camping in national parks.
A range of accommodation is available in and around Birdsville. See tourism information links for further information.
There are no tracks in the park and walking any distance is not recommended. Stay with your vehicle.
Please read and follow safe desert driving advice.
Please practise low impact driving in Munga-Thirri National Park.
Enjoy the rich colours of this big sky country with its red sand dunes and ironstone pebbles, grey-green spinifex grass and clear blue skies. Find out the park's special stories on a self-guided drive along the QAA Line, with 10 sites signposted between the eastern park boundary and Poeppel Corner. Contact us to obtain a visitor guide with more information
Species lists are available from the Queensland Government's request a species list page.
Far from deserted, the Simpson Desert is home to hardy mammals, many reptiles and over 180 bird species. Discover the plants and animals which have adapted to this harsh place. Sandhill cane grass shelters small birds. Lizards hide from predators in spiky, rounded clumps of lobed spinifex. Look for tracks of desert animals in the sand and keep an eye out for white-winged fairy-wrens.
Mulgaras, small carnivorous marsupials, burrow into dunes to escape the heat. Look for the distinctive crest of short black hairs on the tail of this vulnerable species. Georgina gidgee, a rounded wattle tree, occurs extensively in dune swales and emits a pungent odour after rain.
- Munga-Thirri National Park annual summer closure 22 December 2020 to 14 March 2021