Big Red - QLD



DEG: -25.87904 139.053146
DMS: 25º 52' 44.54" S 139º 03' 11.33" E
UTM: 54 J 7136265mN 304941mE
Altitude: 58.89m


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Geography - Mountain,Peak,Hill,Rocks


30.17kms West of Birdsville
266.24kms NorthWest of Innamincka
339.99kms South of Boulia
403.51kms NorthEast of Oodnadatta

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Big Red is the largest and most famous dune in the Simpson Desert. It stands approximately 90 metres above sea level and 35 metres above the plain, although height may vary due to winds and dunal movement. This sand dune, which sits 33kms west of Birdsville in Queensland, provides an extremely challenging feat for 4WD enthusiasts although it is not necessary to scale its height to traverse the Simpson Desert as there are alternative routes.

When heading out into the Simpson Desert NP from Birdsville, Big Red is the first and highest of over 1,100 sand dunes that run north-south for hundreds of kilometres. This landscape is dominated by parallel, wind-blown sand dunes ranging from a few metres to 20 metres high. The striking colours and the huge expanse of arid landscapes are some of the reasons why many visitors are attracted to the area.

Originally known as Nappanerica Dune, this huge sand dune in the Simpson Desert lies on the western edge of Lake Nappanerica. Nappanerica roughly translates to "water that takes a long time to dry up". The dune was later named Big Red by Simpson Desert traveller Dennis Bartell.
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Birdsville Airport
Distance from Big Red 29.47km E
Mean Max. °C40.
Mean Min. °C26.424.721.717.
Mean Rain mm20.933.

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