Far North (South Australia)

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Far North
South Australia
Far North region, South Australia.png
Approximate bounds of the Far North region within South Australia (including the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, Yalata Aboriginal Reserve)
Far North is located in South Australia
Far North
Far North
Coordinates 29°S 136°E / 29°S 136°E / -29; 136Coordinates: 29°S 136°E / 29°S 136°E / -29; 136
Population 28,726[citation needed]
 • Density 0.0412146/km2 (0.1067453/sq mi)
Area 696,986 km2 (269,107.8 sq mi)[citation needed]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Grey[3]
Localities around Far North:
Western Australia[4] Northern Territory[4] Queensland[4]
Eyre and Western
Western Australia[4]
Far North New South Wales[4]
Eyre and Western[4] Eyre and Western
York and Mid North
Murray Mallee[4]
New South Wales[4]

The 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.[according to whom?] 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][dead link]


A roadside sign on the Oodnadatta Track pointing to Lake Eyre. 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.


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.[6] As most of its extent lies within of what is known as the 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][7] It is within the extent of the state electoral districts of Giles and Stuart, and the Federal Division of Grey.[3][1][2]


The region has scattered tourist attractions and facilities[8] as well as national parks and reserves.[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]


  1. ^ a b "District of Giles Background Profile". Electoral Commission of South Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "District of Stuart Background Profile". Electoral Commission of South Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Grey, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Far North SA government region" (PDF). Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "NatureMaps Spatial Browser". Government of South Australia. 
  6. ^ a b "Regional Development Australia Far North" (PDF). The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies. 2012. pp. 1–3. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Outback Communities Authority". Outback Communities Authority. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  8. ^ (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.
  9. ^ (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.