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Far North is a large region of South Australia close to the Northern Territory border. Colloquial usage of the term in South Australia refers to that part of South Australia north of a line roughly from Ceduna through Port Augusta to Broken Hill. The South Australian Government defines the Far North region similarly with the exception of the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands. the Yalata Aboriginal Reserve and other unincorporated crown lands in the state's far west, which are officially considered part of the Eyre and Western region. [4 ]
The region is both the largest and also the least populated of the state. The Far North is also known as the
Arid Lands of South Australia as much of the region is desert. [5 ]
Deserts [ edit ]
A roadside sign on the
. The desert terrain is typical of much of the Far North region.
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.
Governance [ edit ]
The Far North includes the following
local government areas: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY), City of Port Augusta, District Council of Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges Council and Municipal Council of Roxby Downs. As most of its extent lies within of what is known as the [6 ] unincorporated area, municipal services to communities outside of the above listed local government areas are provided directly by the South Australian Government via the Outback Communities Authority. [6 ] It is within the extent of the state electoral districts of [7 ] Giles and Stuart, and the Federal Division of Grey. [3 ] [1 ] [2 ]
Tourism [ edit ]
The region has scattered tourist attractions and facilities
as well as national parks and reserves. [8 ] [9 ]
Permits are required to enter
Aboriginal reserves, the Woomera Prohibited Area and several National Parks in the region, including Kati Thanda-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 [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "District of Giles Background Profile". Electoral Commission of South Australia . Retrieved . 20 August 2015
^ a b "District of Stuart Background Profile". Electoral Commission of South Australia . Retrieved . 20 August 2015
^ a b "Federal electoral division of Grey, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission . Retrieved . 20 August 2015
^ a b c d e f g h i "Far North SA government region" (PDF). Government of South Australia . Retrieved . 16 August 2015
^ "NatureMaps Spatial Browser". Government of South Australia.
^ a b "Regional Development Australia Far North" (PDF). The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies. 2012. pp. 1–3 . Retrieved . 20 August 2015
^ "Welcome to the Outback Communities Authority". Outback Communities Authority . Retrieved . 19 August 2015
^ (1975) Far North of South Australia : tourist development survey / Tourist Development Branch, Dept. of Tourism, Recreation & Sport (Tourist Bureau Division) South Australia. Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Sport. Tourist Development Branch [Adelaide, S.A.] : Tourist Development Branch, Dept. of Tourism, Recreation & Sport (Tourist Bureau Division), 1975.
^ (1993) Witjira National Park draft management plan, Far North, South Australia / Department of Environment and Natural Resources South Australia. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources. Prepared by the South Australian Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Irrwanyere Aboriginal Corporation.