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South Australia’s Lake Eyre comes to life with rare flooding

May 17, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

South Australia’s iconic inland salt lake, Lake Eyre, is filling, bringing green, luscious landscapes to the dry desert and attracting thousands of species of wildlife from all over the state.

As of today, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has 80% coverage, having only flooded to 100% three times in the last 160 years.

The lake hasn’t filled since 1974 but water from tropical cyclone Trevor in February 2019 is causing water to flow through a network of rivers from Queensland and drain into a basin covering 1/6 of Australia – about the size of Spain.

The flooding has sparked the usually arid and inhabitable land to flourish with flora and attracted thousands of birds to the area. Small fish and crustaceans are flushed down with the floodwaters and provide an important food source for the migratory birds. This has made it a major tourist attraction, visible from land and sky, and travellers are encouraged to book a trip before the water starts to evaporate.

How to get there and how to see it:

The best way to see the natural wonder is by air. Fly from Adelaide to South Australia’s legendary opal mining town, Coober Pedy, spend a couple of days exploring, then hit the skies for a tour over Lake Eyre with Wrightsair.

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