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Munga-Thirri National Park, Birdsville, Queensland

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Warning! Only self-sufficient visitors experienced in desert and remote area travel should explore Munga-Thirri and the Simpson Desert. In the dry heart of Australia, Munga-Thirri National Park contains part of the world's largest and youngest parallel sand dune deserts. This is Queensland's largest national park. Munga-Thirri National Park is closed from 1 December to 15 March due to extreme summer temperatures that can exceed 50 °C. Visitors must be well-equipped to cope with the harsh environment in Australia's driest place. Munga-Thirri National Park is very remote and help can be days away. It is critical that you are self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies. Vehicles are required to have high visibility safety flags attached to the front of the vehicle. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Once inside the park, you must keep to the QAA line-the remaining 130 km to Poeppel Corner traverses loose sand dunes. The one-way trip takes five to six hours. Camping is permitted within 500 m of the QAA Line only. There are no designated campgrounds or facilities.Please camp with minimum impact and take all rubbish with you when you leave. Munga-Thirri National Park can be reached by high-clearance 4WD only. Sand driving experience is essential. Open fires are prohibited. Fuel stoves are recommended. Pets and generators are not permitted. Mobile phone coverage: none. UHF or HF radios and satellite phones are essential. The track through Munga-Thirri National Park is impassable when wet. Even small amounts of rain can make outback roads impassable so always be prepared and have at least a week's worth of extra supplies in case of stranding. Check with local authorities or the Desert Parks Pass Bulletin on (08) 8648 5328 for current road conditions before your trip. If you intend continuing beyond Queensland and into the South Australian part of the Simpson Desert, you will need to purchase a Desert Parks Pass.

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Lat: -25.996788 Lng: 137.999019

User Reviews



There is a very large area to find a camp on the higher ground behind the monument and info sign. There are also several pull-off tracks off the entry road from the east. Came in via the 150 sand dunes on the QAA Line and got bogged trying to leave via Warburton Track. Had to head back on QAA Line again. Groan.



If just going out to the corner and back to Birdsville its a very long drive and best to stay overnight. You also need to call through your location (channel 10) on the Q signs so other vehicles know you are on the track. We found it a lot easier going from east to west on the sand dunes. Well worth the trip, landscape is diverse with beauty.



Wow want an experience! We drove out here from Birdsville, spend a night camping in the desert...Wonderful. We found heading west to east easier....ruts in the dunes east to west were challenging.


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