Occupying almost 200,000 square kilometres, the Simpson Desert is a horizon of bursting colour, rippling red and orange sand dunes and green plant life, standing as prime four wheel driving territory for those who want to explore Australia's dusty outback. Covering areas through the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, the Simpson Desert is Australia's fourth largest desert, underlain by the Great Artesian Basin. Water is essential for travellers to pack prior to journey, with rainfall less than 200 mm a year in the Simpson Desert, with no surface water for most of the year. Despite harsh conditions, the Simpson Desert is home to a number of small mammals, birds and reptiles.
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Popular with tourists, the Simpson Desert has more to offer than a drive. Enjoy a pitstop at Dalhousie Springs and relax in the natural hot springs or head to the Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve to admire the carvings created by the indigenous Aboriginal people. Poeppel Corner marks the spot where all three states encompassing the desert meet, a popular tourist stop, with the Purnie Bore wetlands of South Australia.
Due to the excessive heat, the Simpson Desert is closed during the summer, a preventative method to stop under prepared tourists from dangerous situations.
Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, Oodnadatta 5734 SA - See Map