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Simpson Desert National Park

Birdsville, Diamantina Area

Free Entry 

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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Cooper Cabins

Windorah, Barcoo Area
From AU$90.00 - 140.00
Eight hours' drive from Roma is a small town called Windorah - where the mighty Cooper flows, the yellowbelly are great and the sandhills are huge. Windorah is a great place for overnight stopovers, with the famous Birdsville Pub a comfortable drive the next day. Cooper Cabins offer you fully self-contained cabins with a barbecue area, which is a great place for you to watch the magnificent sunsets before the stars come out - something city folk don't get to see a lot of. The licensed dining room is open seven days offering food and drinks to make your stay comfortable. Go and see the great outback.

Birdsville Hotel - The Outback Loop

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165.00 - 170.00
The Birdsville Hotel is as remote as a place gets, standing since 1884 on the edge of the last untamed frontier, the Simpson Desert. The pubs name is forged into Australian folklore and everyday travellers make their pilgrimage to one of Australia's most treasured icons. Whether you have driven for days or your aircraft has just landed on the airstrip next to the pub, you'll get the same warm outback welcome. Relax and soak up the true blue atmosphere, or sit up at the bar to hear a few yarns from old drovers, ringers and friendly locals. In the first week of September the population swells from 100 to over 5,000 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 over AUD100,000.00. For years, yarns have been spun at the Birdsville Pub, lubricated with icy cold beers, and here maps have been scratched into the red desert soil to guide travellers to special spots. This is truly an authentic place where the spirit of Australian mateship is definitely alive and kicking.

Windorah Caravan Park

Windorah, Barcoo Area
From AU$10.00 - 30.00
The Windorah Caravan Park has 32 powered sites and plenty of camping area. There are also two ablution blocks equipped with hot water, washing machines and clothes line. The Caravan Park also has a closed in eating area, fire area and a barbecue. The Park is set in bush surroundings, it is a short walk to town services including - restaurant, bar, corner shop, public phones, Post Office, Service Station and Information Centre. There is also a dump site available for your convenience. The Caravan Park is open all hours.
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