Simpson Desert National Park
The waterless Simpson Desert occupies a massive 200,000 sq km of central Australia and stretches across the Queensland, NT and SA borders. The Queensland section, in the state’s far southwestern corner, is protected as the 10,000-sq-km Simpson Desert National Park, and is a remote, arid landscape of high red sand dunes, spinifex and cane grass.
From Boulia it’s 200km of mainly unsealed road south to Bedourie, the administrative centre for the huge Diamantina Shire Council. A big attraction is the free public swimming pool and artesian spa. The charming adobe-brick Bedourie Hotel was built in the 1880s and is a social hub for the region. There are very cosy motel rooms out the back.