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All the deserts of Australia have their own character, and perhaps none appear as wild and windswept as the little known Tirari Desert, that makes up the dunefields and myriad of salt lakes east of the vast Lake Eyre. Typified by white sands with little vegetation and lots of salt lakes, the desert is the least visited in Australia due to there being no public access routes into its arid heart. The longitudinal dunes trend NNW-SSE, and are quite dense, their spacing around 9 dunes per kilometre on average. The desert is bordered to the south by the Clayton River, to the east by the Birdsville Track and to the north by the Warburton River. The two great rivers the Warburton and the Cooper cut through the Tirari. The Cooper slices through the sand dunes leaving steep gypseous banks. The western side of the desert contains parts of the Lake Eyre National Park. Clayton, Dulkaninna, Etadunna, Mulka, Mungerannie, Cowrie and Kalamurina Stations all contain parts of the desert within their pastoral leaseholds.

 
 
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Diamantina cross the Tirari on the lower Cooper Hay River Simpson Desert expedition
 
 

 

 
 
       
     
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