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Lake Eyre Touring Options 2019

 

At Airtours we thrive on providing you with the best experiences possible.  We use the highest quality aircraft with the ability to fly efficiently between destinations but also to fly low and slow to provide you with amazing views in addition to operating on remote, dirt airstrips in complete safety.  Our tours are handcrafted and thought about in great detail to ensure an exceptional level of quality whilst focusing on the core elements of your journey.

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Lake Eyre Information

 

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre is a salt encrusted, mostly dry and barren playa that occupies Australia's lowest natural point, which is 25 meters (49 feet) below sea level.  But 100,000 years ago, the lake basin was filled with water and 10 times larger than today.  Fed by several permanent rivers, the lake was surrounded by a lush, green landscape that hosted giant wombats, kangaroos, marsupial lions, and a menagerie of other animals.  Many of these animals, and much of the lake has long since disappeared due to climatic changes but Australians are now getting a taste of what the lake was once like. 

Storms dropped unusually abundant rain on northern Queensland early in summer and autumn 2019.  Now that water has meandered through a long series of parched channels, watering holes and lagoons and begun t fill the dried lake.  Floodwater first began to flow into the lake in mid March.  Mid May and the lake was nearly half full.  Water first filled two narrow channels that run North to South; then it begun to pool in the southernmost part of Lake Eyre North.  

Forecasters expect Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre to continue filling into June.  Water will likely cover about three quarters of the lake's surface area toward the end of the month, putting the lake on track to reach its fullest state in more than 40 years.  Typically, it fills completely only a few times per century; this most recently happened in 1974 and 1950.  Smaller flows of water reach the lake every few years. 

Between February and May 2019, more than sever Sydney Harbors worth of water have flowed into Lake Eyre, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.  That is pretty fast, given that much of the Lake Eyre basin is almost perfectly flat!  In the past it has taken up to ten months for water to make the long journey from northern Queensland. 

Wherever the floodwaters go, they have a transformative effect.   Huge flocks of birds including the banded stilt congregate at the water to feed on brine shrimp and lay eggs.  Waves of fish, insects and amphibians that are normally confined to watering holes have proliferated and spread widely.  Blankets of green vegetation hav emerged in places that were recently barren and brown. 

Experience this spectacular outback transformation by joining us on one of our exceptional Lake Eyre tours! 

It will certainly be a journey to remember!