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Lake Eyre: A Timeless Landscape

- 1.3 million hectares in a lake half full -

Your next adventure:
Lake Eyre
Where in the world?
South Australia
Adventure Type:
Travel, Camping
Wrap up:
Australia's largest salt lake at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park is a site to see. Experience the stark wildness and timeless landscape while you camp, 4wd, or wander around this huge expance

About Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre, officially known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is a huge lake covering 1.3 million hectares. The lowest natural point in Australia at 15m below sea level, the lake is also the largest in the country.

Lake Eyre has only filled completely 3 times in 160 years. A half full Lake is still incredible and worth while seeing. The Lake drainage extends from southeast of the Northern Territory, southwest of Queensland and northeast of South Australia, which makes it one of the biggest drainage systems in the world. The basin is equal to the size of South Australia!

Getting around

Lake Eyre has only filled completely 3 times in 160 years. A half full Lake is still incredible and worth while seeing. The Lake drainage extends from southeast of the Northern Territory, southwest of Queensland and northeast of South Australia, which makes it one of the biggest drainage systems in the world. The basin is equal to the size of South Australia!

Lake Eyre is an area which covers 1.3 million hectares and has only 2 access tracks, both tracks are suitable only for 4 wheel drive vehicles. Travelers should carry reserves of fuel and if possible travel in convoy. We would recommend flying into Lake Eyre and hiring a 4 wheel drive as the views are absolutely amazing from an aircraft. Scenic or joy flights are also very popular and can be organised from William Creek. Many travelers also take campervans.

There are both camping and small hut type accommodation available around Lake Eyre with hot showers and running water (quite basic camp sites though). But certainly worth it for the experience!

Make sure you take a good camera with spare batteries, as the photo opportunities are endless. Early mornings around sunrise and late in the afternoon at sunset will achieve the best lighting for photos and the wild life will be moving around when the sun isn’t too high in the sky.

Wildlife

When the lake fills, it attracts a huge variety of birds which come to bath and breed. Commonly found at Lake Eyre are Banded Stilt and Australian Pelican, as well as over 1% of the world populations of Red-necked Avocets, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, Silver Gulls and Caspian Terns.

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