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For an event that happens on average about once every eight years, many visitors to the Lake Eyre region witnessed a once in a life time unique natural event, with flood waters reaching Lake Eyre in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, with flood waters in the 2011-2012 years surpassing 2009-2010 years.

It was the Queensland’s floods that saw water reach and start to fill Lake Eyre. The waters, having taken months to flow down through the Queensland’s ‘Channel Country’ (along the Diamantina and Georgina Rivers), past Birdsville, Kalamurina Station, Goyders Lagoon, Warburton Creek and through the Warburton Groove into Lake Eyre North.

With water in 2011-2012 having reached 2 metres in depth and still flowing in at a consistent rate, the locals were saying that this was the most significant inflow of water they have seen in over 40 years. The filling of Lake Eyre is a massive natural event, that ass attracted travellers from around Australia and many international visitors.

The water is already evaporating and many birds have now moved on, although it is estimated that you have to the end of 2012 to enjoy seeing water in the lake, with a flight one of the best options to witness the size and beauty of the landscape. Local charters are available from William Creek, Marree and Adelaide.

Lake Eyre is actually two separate depressions named Lake Eyre North (some 8,430 square km in size) and Lake Eyre South (which is 1,260 sq km in size).

If you are travelling by 4WD you should ensure that your vehicle is fully and properly equipped and prepared for outback travel. Ensure you are prepared for emergencies, take extra water, food, fuel and other necessary supplies. Make sure your communications equipment is in order and notify others of your plans prior to departure. Check conditions before travelling.

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

Covering 1,349,251 hectares is this remote and arid park that includes all of Lake Eyre north and Tirari Desert. Such is the vastness, wherein lies its appeal, the landscape often evoke different reactions in visitors.

Lake Eyre is an extensive 'salt sink', a dry lake that occasionally floods and on those rare occasions that the lake completely fills, it is Australia's largest salt lake. At 9,450 square kilometres around, it is sixteen metres below sea level and can fill up to six metres in depth. Water from its three-State catchment area covers the lake about once every eight years (on average), with the lake having only filled to capacity, three times in the last 150 years.

During the rainy season the rivers from the northeast (outback Queensland) flow inland towards Lake Eyre through the Channel Country. The amount of water from the monsoon rainfall determines whether water will reach the lake and if it does, how deep the lake will get. The torrential rain of January 2007 took about six weeks to reach the lake1.

It was here that the late Sir Donald Campbell once set the world land speed record of 645 km/hr in a jet-powered car.

Access to the park is 7 km east of William Creek, then 53 km east to Halligan Bay or 3 km west from Maree and then 90 km north. The roads are 4WD only and visitors should take care when planning a visit.

A Desert Park Pass is required with the best time to visit being during the winter. For further information visit the Department for Environment and Heritage.

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Lake Eyre National Park / Lake Eyre Fauna
Lake Eyre Dragon (Ctenophorus maculosus)On those occasions when the lake start to fill, the seasonal rainfall attract waterbirds including the Australian Pelicans, Silver Gulls, Red-necked Avocets, Banded Stilts, Gull-billed Terns, Black Cormorants, and Whiskered Terns. The birds that are tolerant of the lake salinity, flock to the lake to breed.

You can check with the Desert Parks Information Line for up-to-date information on the Lake Eyre bird population.

There is the Lake Eyre Dragon, a highly specialised lizard that live on the margins of salt lakes.

When the lake contains water, it holds fish such as Bony Bream and Hardy-head (the more salt tolerant species). Other larger fresh water species that enter the saline lake environment from rivers feeding into the system, are usually quick to die, and often provide food for the birds that have flocked to the lake.
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Lake Eyre Tours

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• Lake Eyre Air Tours
Air Central West
• LONGREACH QLD 4730 • Ph: 07 4658 9187 • Email
• Specialising in... Channel Country and Lake Eyre Tours. Based in Longreach, Air Central West provides a variety of outback tours, as well as accommodating for special occasion customised tours. Charter services provided for a range of needs.
• WILLIAM CREEK SA 5710 • Ph: 08 8670 7962 • Mobile: 0433 767 727 • Email
• The Outback Australian scenic and charter flight specialist. Includes Lake Eyre and outback flights.
Outback Airlines
• Ph: 08 8953 5000 • Email
• Alice Springs leading air charter company Outback Airlines is offering a 'Once in a life time tour' to see Lake Eyre and Warburton River in flood. Departing from Alice Springs return.
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• Lake Eyre Indigenous Tours
The Arabunna Tour
• MARREE SA 5733 • Ph: +61 8 8675 8351 • Email
• 'The only tour that gets you on the lake, in the lake'.  Here you’ll find information about the tour and the Lake Eyre region.

The website has a video widget where you will be able to view six short films about Arabunna culture, history and the Marree area. The six films were produced by Malcolm McKinnon and the Marree Arabunna Peoples’ Committee in 2004.
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• Lake Eyre Outback Tours
Diamantina Touring
• 74 Jamieson Licola Rd, JAMIESON VIC 3723 • Ph: +61 3 5777 0681 • Email
• Check website for details of up and coming expeditions.
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Lake Eyre National Park, ParksWeb,
Lake Eyre. (2007, March 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:17, March 17, 2007, from
1 Fluctuations of Lake Eyre, South Australia - Earth Observatory
Detour down to Lake Eyre South from the Oodnadatta Track
Detour down to Lake Eyre South from the Oodnadatta Track.
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