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Lake Eyre Tours

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The storms of early February 2019 in cenral west Queensland have delivered considaerble rain to the upper Lake Eyre Basin in particular the Diamantina catchment area. This water has moved very rapidly down the Diamantina and is currently flooding Birdsville where the level in the Diamantina peaked at 8.15m isolating Birsdville. It is slowly dropping but Birdsville is expected to be inaccessible by road for several weeks. The water is now entering the Goyder Lagoon a large wetland in northern South Australia. When this is full it will overflow into the Warburton River and continue on its path toward Lake Eyre North where it will flow into the Warburton Groove and eventually come to rest in Belt Bay in the SW corner of Lake Eyre North. There are some estimates that there is enough water in the system to eventually deposit up to approximately a metre of water in Belt Bay which is the lowest point in Australia at 15m below sea level.

The rainfall that is producing these flood was in excess of 300mm over 3 days in the Diamantina catchment. There is also a minor flood in the Eyre Creek Catchment as well.This may or may not reach the Birdsville area.

 By mid April I estimate there could be some water in Lake Eyre North attracting birdlife chasing the fish that have been flushed out of the river systems by the floodwaters.

There is also some water flowing down the Cooper Creek at Innamincka. The river has risen nearly 1.5m over the last couple of days. At this stage this water is unlikely to reach the lake as it will need to fill the Coongie Lakes wetland first which has very low water levels resulting from very dry seasons for the couple of years.

All Lake Eyre Tours will be available for 2019.

Updates will added as more information becomes available.

For updates on the Lake also visit the Lake Eyre Yatch Club website http://www.lakeeyreyc.com/Status/latest.html#bottom.

 

All tours are either:  Camping, Accommodated options available, Single Supplement applies to accommodated tours only


3 Days 2 Nights Tour

Day 1 - Adelaide to Marree

  • Depart Adelaide 0730hrs.
  • Travel through the northern suburbs and the Adelaide Plains to the Clare Valley.
  • Visit the Sevenhill Winery and Church, South Australia s first winery.
  • Continue through the Southern Flinders Ranges to Hawker.
  • Travel through central Flinders Ranges via Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorge.
  • Then continue past Leigh Creek, Lyndhurst to Marree.
  • Overnight: Marree

Day 2 - Marree to Woomera

  • Take an early morning flight over Lake Eyre.
  • After flight visit the Arabunna aboriginal museum then follow the Oodnadatta track to Lake Eyre South.
  • Stop at Lake Eyre South and view the water on the normally dry salt encrusted lake surface.
  • Have lunch looking out over the Lake before travelling to Woomera via Roxby Downs.
  • Overnight: Woomera

Day 3 - Woomera to Adelaide

  • After breakfast visit the Woomera Rocket Park and Museum before travelling south along the Stuart Highway to Pt Augusta and Adelaide.
  • After lunch in Pt Augusta we make a beeline for Adelaide.
  • Arrive Adelaide approx 1830hrs

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