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Simpson Desert, Australia

Lake Eyre is Australia’s largest lake but has only fully filled three times in the past 150 years.

The Great Artesian Basin is the largest underground aquifer of its kind, providing fresh water for most of inland Australia.

The town of Birdsville attracts nearly 6,000 visitors each September to watch the annual horse races.

The Simpson Desert is one of Australia’s largest deserts, covering 143,000km² - an area the size of Bangladesh.

The Birdsville Track stretches 517km and is one of the most isolated tracks in Australia.

The Simpson Desert is home to the world’s longest parallel sand dunes – some stretch unbroken for 160km.

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