Great Sandy Desert In North Western of Australia

Climate of the Great Sandy

For being the 2nd biggest desert in Australia, it has a surprising amount of rainfall. The Great Sandy has a staggering 250 mm (10 in) of rain during wet season.

The Great Sandy's temperature in summer ranges from 100-108 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, the temperature ranges from 77-86 degrees Fahrenheit. November through April is the Great Sandy's "wet season."

The Desert biome compared to the others is one of the most useless biomes ever. The Net Primary Productivity in the Desert biome is less than 200. Compared to the other biomes, the desert has one of the lowest amount of rainfall per year. Unlike the other biomes, the desert covers more land than any. Most deserts are found along the 30 degrees latitude north and 30 degrees latitude south.

The soil in the Great Sandy is quite dry. In fact the soil is so dry it is just sand.


Feral pigs were purposly put into Australia. Feral pigs came from the early European settlers. By the 1880s feral pig populations came to be in NSW and they can now be found across about 38 per cent of the continent


A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, from the dry interior to temperate coastal regions. The Bilby (Macrotis Iagotis) fall under the "H" and "I" of HIPPCO. Their numbers are decreasing because of habitat loss and competition for food.

The Perentie are one of the top predators in the Great Sandy. They survive by digging burrows in the ground to shelter from the heat.

Bandicoots are great for this environment because they can conserve water that they don't need to drink. They a lot moisture from their food: seeds, bulbs, fungi, spiders and insects, which they can find by scratching and digging.

The Red Kangaroo hops, are fast and very energy-efficient way to travel. It came to be because Red Kangaroos need to cover huge distances to find enough food in the sparsely vegetated Australian desert. The Red Kangaroo chills when it is hot, and finds food when it has cooled down.


This shrub minimizes water loss and effectively manage the little water they do get.

Bramble Wattle

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. This help pollinate the plant to make seeds. They are also drought-tolerant which allows them to survive longer in deserts.

Desert Bloodwood

This plant is suitable for the desert becasue it has tough leathery leaves and can store water in their roots

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