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
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