The Tanami Desert is a desert in northern Australia situated 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 Walpiri name for the area, "Chanamee", meaning "never die"