Exploring Queensland – the Simpson Desert


London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/28/2010 -- Australia is not a country but a continent full of inspiring adventures, exquisite landscape, marvelous beaches, tropical rainforests, enigmatic waterfalls and magnificent deserts. If you want to experience the tropics of Thailand or the heat of Dubai desert safari, Australia is one complete package to get it all in one place.

Among the deserts of Australia, The Simpson Dessert offers not only a thrilling experience of camping, bonfire, safaris and dessert information but also it is not a very far away destination and has easy air access available via Adelaide. For Adelaide, you can find a number of cheap flights offered by almost all top airlines operating from UK. Details and lists of cheap flights to Adelaide Australia from UK are available at

The Desert is named after Alfred Allen Simpson, an Australian philanthropist, geographer, and president of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. The Simpson Desert occupies approximately 176 500 square kilometers of central Australia offering a challenging experience to heat up your winter holidays. Camping is a popular activity in the dessert and permits are available from National Parks Offices in Queensland.

The Simpson Desert is an erg which contains the world's longest parallel sand dunes. These north-south oriented dunes are static, held in position by vegetation. They vary in height from 3 meters in the west to around 30 meters on the eastern side of the dessert. The most famous dune is the 40 meters high the Nappanerica, also called the Big Red that named by Simpson Desert traveler Mr. Dennis Bartell. Apart from marveling at the Big Red, you can make you trip exciting by Campfires however, use wood conservatively. Abstain form using standing dead trees as they could be nesting sites for birds and when collecting ground wood, leave pieces with hollows or cracks as they're probably home to lizards, small mammals and insects. Also be watchful for the desert snakes.

While in the dessert, it is not an obligation though, but it is good not to burn plastic or synthetic material. Also observe the fire bans by the Environment management usually from 01 November to 15 April. Also, if you have not hired a guide and driving yourself, be careful to drive on unsealed roads in the outback. Also, no matter the place is barren but it is emphasized to keep it clean. So don’t bury any rubbish, rather, place in plastic bags and carry out for disposal at Birdsville or Dalhousie. Also, Dogs and Cats are not allowed in Queensland National Parks including the Simpson Desert Park

Camping is recommended safe to be anywhere within 100 m of public access tracks. However, this area can be very exposed to wind and sun. According to the masters of the trait, good camping places are near salt lakes in the central desert and in the Gidgee woodlands for shade, shelter and soft ground. During camping, keep enough fuel with you for generators. At Poeppel Corner and within 500m of campers, it is required to switch off the generators between 10 pm and 7 am.

If you are not in a camping mood, than you can take a scenic flight from the William Creek to catch the awe-inspiring view of the Simpson Desert from the above.