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Far North
South Australia
Map -- Far North region of South Australia.tif
South Australia's Far North region, with main settlements
and their populations in 2016
Far North is located in South Australia
Far North
Far North
Location in South Australia
Population 27,727 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.0397813/km2 (0.103033/sq mi)
Area 696,986
State electorate(s)
  • Giles
  • Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Far North:
Western Australia Northern Territory Queensland
Eyre and Western
Western Australia
Far North New South Wales
Eyre and Western Eyre and Western
Yorke and Mid North
Murray Mallee
New South Wales
Footnotes Map of adjoining regions

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. The South Australian Government defines the Far North region similarly with the exception of the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands. the Yalata Aboriginal community and other unincorporated crown lands in the state's far west, which are officially considered part of the Eyre and Western region.

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.


Lake eyre south
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 region has scattered tourist attractions and facilities as well as national parks and reserves.

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

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