Far North, South Australia

Far North, South Australia

The Far North is the region of South Australia that is close to the border with the Northern Territory. Colloquial usage in South Australia tends to use the term "Far North" as referring to that part of South Australia north of a line roughly from Ceduna through Port Augusta to Broken Hill.

It is both the largest and also the least populated part of the state and much of the region is desert, as a consequence from some perspectives the area can also be known as the Arid Lands of the state.[1]


The Deserts in the north east are the Simpson Desert, Tirari Desert, Painted Desert and the Pedirka Desert. To the north and north west the Great Victoria Desert predominates the landscape.


The region has scattered tourist attractions and facilities[2] as well as national parks and reserves.[3]

Permits are required to enter Aboriginal reserves, the Woomera Prohibited Area and several National Parks in the region, including Lake Eyre National Park and Witjira National Park.


Some significant roads in the area include the Stuart Highway from Port Augusta to Alice Springs, the Oodnadatta Track, and both the Birdsville Track and the Strzelecki Track to Queensland.

See also

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