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Lake Eyre in Flood

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published August 19th 2012
In July 2011, I had the amazing experience of flying over the flooded Lake Eyre in the South Australian outback.

Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) is the lowest point in Australia, sitting 15 metres below sea level.

The lake fills or near-fills only once or twice in a century. And when it does, it becomes the largest lake in Australia and the 18th largest in the world.

The whole Lake Eyre Basin is classed as Important Bird Area (IBA) because, when flooded, it supports major breeding events of the 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.(Wikipedia).

The waters in the lake begin to evaporate within 6 months, leaving a dense salt pan which creates a pink hue - the result of an algae.

Waters have receded during the past 12 months, but this satellite image shows that the Lake is still has significant amounts of water and would definitely be worth visiting. It may be decades before the opportunity arises to see this natural wonder again.

There are many tour companies offer sightseeing trips over the area.

You can book a 60 minute flight from $250 or stay and explore the outback for 4 days from $1500

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Why? To see a once-in-a-lifetime natural occurrence
Where: Lake Eyre
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