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French Line - Simpson Desert

Birdsville, Diamantina Area

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The Simpson Desert is undoubtedly Australia's most loved desert with large numbers of visitors each year accepting the challenge of crossing the Simpson. Winter rains carpet the desert in wildflowers and the night skies are a star gazers delight. Visiting the desert is a memorable experience but requires careful preparation and extreme care.

Highlights of the French Line - Simpson Desert Four Wheel Drive Track include: Big Red Sand Dune; Eyre Creek; Poeppel's Corner; Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia Border; Purnie Bore; Balhousie Springs; and Mt Dare Hotel. The track is 430 kilometres long and will take approximately four days to complete. This road is only suitable for four wheel drives.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks

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Children:

Children are welcome.
French Line
Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Queensland
Australia

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Simpson Desert National Park

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Spanning 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, this is Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape. Some extend 200 kilometres and reach 90 metres high. Saltpans and gibber-ironstone flats occupy interdunal areas. More than 180 species of birds, including the Eyrean grasswren, and numerous mammals and reptiles live in the park. Wildflowers are prolific after good rains. On your way visit Big Red, the largest sand dune just east of the park boundary. At Poeppels Corner, attempt to stand in two states and a territory at once. Camp and admire the expansive night sky and make sure you take binoculars and a camera! Camping fees apply. Be aware Simpson Desert National Park is closed from 1 December to 15 March due to extreme summer temperatures of 40-50 °C.
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This loop covers most of the North-Western side of the Boulia Shire. You will travel across open grasslands, cross the mighty Georgina River twice, see the tiny township of Urandangi then head to Dajarra and back down the sealed road to Boulia. The track is 670 kilometres long and will take one to two days to complete and is only suitable for high clearance vehicles.

Diamantina National Park

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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In Diamantina National Park, the mighty Diamantina River, one of Queensland’s longest, cuts braided channels through gibber flats, sand dunes and red-capped ranges. The park supports a large number of rare and threatened plants and animals, including the greater bilby. Some of the lakes are listed as wetlands of national importance, while old station buildings, cemeteries and hotel ruins are reminders of historic pastoral use. It is also a special place for Traditional Owners, the Maiawali people. The rich colours of this park will delight eager photographers. Visit the information room at the old homestead to learn about the park's history. See changing landscapes and pastoral relics on the self-guided Warracoota Circuit Drive (approximately 90 kilometres return). Visit Janets Leap for a bird's eye view of the Diamantina and experience bush camping at Hunters Gorge or Gum Waterhole. Camping fees apply. Go fishing, canoeing and birdwatching and enjoy spectacular wildflowers which emerge after rain.
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The landscape and scenery on the Winton - Boulia via Diamantina National Park journey will leave you awestruck. A challenging journey, this relatively isolated route will require the driver to be well prepared as there are no fuel or food facilities. Travel via Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, Old Cork, Springvale and Coorabulka. Covering 507,000 hectares, Diamantina National Park is rich in natural and cultural history. The scenery and birdlife, sunrises and sunsets in this big country will have your cameras working overtime! The trek is approximately 530 kilometres long and will take between two and three days to complete. The road is suitable for four wheel drives only.

Diamantina National Park Circuit

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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Diamantina National Park has been named one of Australia’s top 10 national parks by the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The drive passes through a variety of landscapes, from the river channels and waterholes on the flood plains, to sand dunes, gibber plains and grasslands. Explore Diamantina Gates, Hunters Gorge, Mundaweira Waterhole and Wangari Waterhole. Camp at Hunters Gorge or Gum Pole, enjoy the fishing and observe the wildlife and birdlife. The Diamantina National Park Circuit is approximately 600 kilometres long and will take at least two days to complete. All roads are unsealed and therefore only suitable for four wheel drives.

Birdsville Track

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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An Australian Outback Adventure, the well maintained, unsealed track links Birdsville in Queensland's south-west to Maree in the mid-north of South Australia. The Birdsville Track covers some of Australia's most beautiful and challenging country, passing through the Simpson Desert and Sturt's Stoney Desert. Lake Eyre catchments, wetlands, sand dunes and vast gibber plains. Features of the Birdsville Track include: soaking in a warm artesian spa bath at Clayton, Kalamurina Station Camping, Mulka Ruins and the Mungerannie Hotel. The Birdsville Track is 515 kilometres long and will take approximately two days to complete. The road is maintained gravel and suitable for all vehicles.

French Line - Simpson Desert

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
The Simpson Desert is undoubtedly Australia's most loved desert with large numbers of visitors each year accepting the challenge of crossing the Simpson. Winter rains carpet the desert in wildflowers and the night skies are a star gazers delight. Visiting the desert is a memorable experience but requires careful preparation and extreme care. Highlights of the French Line - Simpson Desert Four Wheel Drive Track include: Big Red Sand Dune; Eyre Creek; Poeppel's Corner; Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia Border; Purnie Bore; Balhousie Springs; and Mt Dare Hotel. The track is 430 kilometres long and will take approximately four days to complete. This road is only suitable for four wheel drives.

Cuttaburra Crossing

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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Cuttaburra Crossing is a permanent waterhole and a renowned wetland on the Eyre Creek. It is located between Lake Koolivoo and Lake Machattie. Cuttaburra Crossing is home to many species of birdlife. This prolific birdlife can be viewed at the roadside rest and viewing area. Come along and enjoy this peaceful place in the outback.

Red Sandhills

Windorah, Barcoo Area
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The Red Sandhills ten kilometres west of Windorah on the Birdsville Road are the reddest that you will find anywhere. They may not be very high, but they are worth stopping to admire, especially for photographers. The sandhills continually change colours throughout the day. The best time to see them is at sunset. It's an ideal place to have a drink or two and watch the sun go down and the moon come up at the same time. Along with the sounds of silence, the view and your own company - what better way to take away the stress. The children will also use up their excess energy running up and sliding down the sandhills. And don't worry, the red sand brushes off.

Big Red

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Standing at 30 metres in height, this awesome sand dune, Big Red, provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The first of 1,113 dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are an experience not to be missed. Bring a bottle of champagne and enjoy the sunset with family, friends or as part of a tour.
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