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Stuart Highway south
 
Finke River and Bridge Major Mitchell Cockatoo dry Finke River bed Palmer River bridge
Scrubland Palmer River Parrot Desert Oaks
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The Stuart Highway between the SA/NT border and Alice Springs runs through semi-arid scrubland featuring large stationary dunes of red sand covered with thin and scattered vegetation. The highway crosses the Finke and the Palmer Rivers via fairly new concrete bridges. Both rivers run only after heavy rain, for the rest of the year they are dry, sandy river beds, sometimes with a few drying waterholes. The Finke River rises in the Macdonnell Ranges and is joined by the Palmer after both pass the Stuart Highway. After heavy rain water in the Finke River reaches the Lake Eyre complex.