Lake Eyre, is in the desert of central Australia that crosses the borders of three states from the northern South Australia, during the rainy season rivers from the north-east part of the Lake Eyre Basin in outback south-west and central Queensland flow towards the lake through the Channel Country and south of Northern Territory, spanning 9,500 square kilometres, it technically is the largest lake in Australia and thirteenth largest in the world when full.
Officially known as Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre contains the lowest natural point in Australia at approx. 15 meters (49 ft) below sea level. The native title over the lake and surrounding region is held by the Arabana people.
Most of the time the lake is dry (it has only filled to capacity three times in the past 150 years) but about every eight to ten years it receives a significant amount of water. On these occasions the lake bursts to life, forming an oasis for thousands of migratory waterbirds and producing seas of wildflowers. Wet or dry, it is a truly special place.
Lake Eyre is part of Lake Eyre National Park with campgrounds available in Halligan Point provides a real bush camping experience with no facilities, however outside the park, Mullorina Station has campgrounds with bathroom and some facilities. To camp in the park, you must have a Desert Parks Pass or a day entry permit. The nearby town of Marree includes a caravan park or try the William Creek Hotel, with William Creek the halfway point on the Oodnadatta Track.
One of the best ways to appreciate this vast, magnificent expanse is from the air, Navair Jets offer charter and scenic flights by jet and helicopter, along with further options to discover Lake Eyre by kayak or small yacht boat and 4WD tour combinations.
Visitors who come here often remark on the incredible sense of isolation and space, as well as the landscape’s remarkably beautiful appearance.
Experience this spectacular sight created by mother nature today –
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