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Oodnadatta Track ~ Lake Eyre South ~ Images of Australia
One of the magnificent features in the South Australian outback is the massive Lake Eyre. Whilst in recent times there has been some water, the lake is usually just a dry salt lake. You can see Lake Eyre on the horizon as you travel along the Oodnadatta Track between Bopeechee and Curdimurka. The darker patches that can be seen on the top of small mounds near Lake Eyre South or at Hermit Hill are remnants of the ancient seabed. If you stop and take a look you will see these sedimentary stones are quite distinctive in appearance and texture. There is also a side detour as you head towards William Creek from Strangeway Springs. This detour takes you between Halligan Bay and ABC Bay.

Lake Eyre is the world's largest internally draining catchment. The rivers that feed the lake covers an area of 1.2 million square kilometres. Usually Lake Eyre and particularly Lake Eyre South which is the part of the system visible from the Oodnadatta Track is a dry salt lake.

The salt on the lake is the result of past floods, having evaporated, leaving the dissolved salts behind. When the lake flooded in 1950, a 30 cm layer of salt was left in its wake.

The Oodnadatta Track crosses almost all of Lake Eyre's western rivers. Whilst these rivers flood infrequently, the reality saw that railway bridges were built, many of which are still evident today. It was because of the infrequent floods that the Stuart Highway and the Adelaide to Darwin rail line was relocated further west.1

More information about the Oodnadatta Track, Lake Eyre and the many locations along the route.

Oodnadatta Track - Lake Eyre South - Snapshots from South Australia

View of Lake Eyre South from the Oodnadatta Track
View of Lake Eyre South from the Oodnadatta Track.

The darker patches that can be seen on the top of small mounds near Lake Eyre South or at Hermit Hill are remnants of the ancient seabed.
If you stop and take a look you will see these sedimentary stones are quite distinctive in appearance and texture.
Lake Eyre South - 12 m below sea level
 
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Source:
1 Government of South Australia - SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management: Publications & Resources - Tourism brochures: The Oodnadatta Track - String of Springs (PDF)
 
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