Located on the Tanami, Central Australia

Tanami Desert


The Tanami Desert is a desert in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

It has a rocky terrain with small hills. The Tanami was the Northern Territory's final frontier and was not fully explored by Australians of European descent until well into the twentieth century. It is traversed by the Tanami Track.

The name Tanami is thought to be a corruption of the Warlpiri name for the area, "Chanamee", meaning "never die". This referred to certain rock holes in the desert which were said never to run dry.

The desert is classified as an interim Australian bioregion, comprising 25,997,277 hectares (64,240,670 acres).


*information from NT Gov website.