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See the colours of the dunes change at sunset on Big Red. Enjoy on your own, or join an all inclusive tour with Big Red Tours and let them do the work for you.


Want to avoid the crowds and noise of sunset? Why not experience the dawn of a new day atop Big Red instead. In our opinion, sunrise is the best time to visit Big Red to immerse yourself in the vastness of the land and sky. Take a thermos of tea and enjoy a sunrise like no other.

Did you know there is a “Little Red’’? When driving to Big Red you’ll come upon it before you turn right to drive along the base of the dune to the Big Red crossing. We really recommend stopping at the bottom and walking up to check it out. There are some beautiful old fence posts that make a gorgeous photographic feature and it’s always much quieter than Big Red which is why we love it.

Do you have some extra time to spare? Why not experience a taste of the Simpson Desert by driving west from Big Red to Eyre Creek for lunch. You need to be prepared in a well equipped 4WD and do some research before heading out, but it’s very achievable for most 4WD enthusiasts. Drop into the Birdsville Roadhouse for tips and tricks and check out our safety tips for crossing the Simpson Desert here.

No matter when you decide to visit Big Red, there's fun to be had for all the family and it's the perfect place to be inspired.. As always, it's important to respect the natural environment by removing all rubbish and sticking to existing 4WD tracks. Please note that camping is not permitted at Big Red.


In the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the Wangkangurru Yarluyandi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Birdsville was built.

We pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and emerging, and encourage the continuation of their cultural, spiritual & educational practices.

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