Simpson Desert Conservation Park

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Simpson Desert Conservation Park
South Australia
Simpson Desert Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Simpson Desert Conservation Park
Simpson Desert Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Oodnadatta
Coordinates 26°15′05″S 137°50′40″E / 26.25139°S 137.84444°E / -26.25139; 137.84444Coordinates: 26°15′05″S 137°50′40″E / 26.25139°S 137.84444°E / -26.25139; 137.84444
Established 1 January 1967 (1967-01-01)[1]
Area 6,903.87 km2 (2,665.6 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department for Environment and Heritage
Website Simpson Desert Conservation Park
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Simpson Desert Conservation Park is a protected area located in South Australia about 957 km (595 mi) north of Port Augusta. In combination with Simpson Desert Regional Reserve and Witjira National Park, it forms a protected area representing one of the world's best examples of dunal desert. A wide variety of desert flora and fauna are protected in a landscape of varied dune systems, extensive playa lakes, spinifex grasslands and Acacia woodlands. These trees soak up water from underground water springs. The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[2]

In an unprecedented move, access has been closed over summer in 2008-2009 due to excessive heat [3]

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  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 16 July 2015)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
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