Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
Mungerannie to Birdsville Attractions Marvel at row after row of red sand dunes, as far as the eye can see, at the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. The Simpson Desert is the largest parallel dune system in the world covering 170,000 square kilometres and crossing the corners of three states. Access the Simpson via the Warburton Crossing turn- off. Only well-prepared 4WD vehicles with UHF radios should take this journey. A Desert Parks Pass is required, with the desert closed in summer due to safety reasons. For more information call 1800 816 078. Head north from Warburton Corner, on the number 15 public access route, to Poeppel Corner, where three states -- Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia -- meet on the famous 'K1' line. Back on the Birdsville Track, stay the night at the final camp spot along the track at the Tippipilla Creek crossing on Clifton Hills Station. You can also take a detour west along the 'Inside Track' and follow in the footsteps of Tom Kruse, the famed mailman of the Birdsville Track. With its web of creeks and floodways, this dusty Diamantina country is for experienced four-wheel drivers and only passable in dry weather. Birdsville 305 kilometres from Mungerannie map reference G1, page 9 Known over the world for its pub and annual races in September, Birdsville lies just over the Queensland border. The town was founded to collect tariffs between Queensland and South Australia and was originally known as Diamantina Crossing. Attractions In the first week of September, Birdsville's population swells from around 100 to more than 5000 for the Birdsville Races. This legendary race has been run on a sandy track since 1882 and now boasts professionally- trained racehorses and prize money of more than AUD$140,000. Gate earnings from the races go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. One of the Outback's most famous pubs, the Birdsville Hotel and Pub, attracts people from all over the world with the meals, beer and camaraderie worth the drive. This remarkable building dates back to 1884. The giant Big Red sand dune rises 30 metres above the desert floor and is located 35 kilometres west of Birdsville. To drive up this challenging hill, a 4WD and loads of four-wheel driving experience is a must. Big Red is the last (or first, depending on which way you're travelling) of 1113 dunes in the Simpson Desert. On the Birdsville Town Walk, watch spectacular sunsets, see rare Waddi trees (40 kilometres north), the historic Royal Hotel ruins and the Old Birdsville Courthouse. Dalhousie ruins in Witjira National Park, Simpson Desert Useful information on Witjira National Park Located 185 kilometres north of Oodnadatta, Witjira National Park surrounds Dalhousie Springs, a permanent 37°C, it's an understandably popular swimming spot in cooler months. Four-wheel drivers heading east-west into the Simpson Desert (a Desert Parks Pass is required) meet those travelling north-south between the Flinders Ranges and Yulara. Campers and vans are commonly seen in the camping area, which has ranger houses, toilets and a phone. Tracks into Witjira are not always maintained well, so can be rough and require clearance. The shortest and most popular track is via Pedirka Ruin, with the second route via Eringa to Bloods Creek bore and Mount Dare Hotel -- it's longer and suitable only for dry conditions. You can get more information from the Pink Roadhouse or Oodnadatta police station before heading off.
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