Lake Eyre is as dry as a bone. Most of the time.
In fact, in the last 160 years it has only been filled completely three times.
But with the assistance of February’s Cyclone Trevor, water flow has allowed 80% of the basin to fill. This is the first time since 1974.
In this rare occurrence, the barren desert expanse in South Australia is transformed into an into a brimming oasis. It’s hard to comprehend how large it actually is, spanning across borders of three states. The flooding has also brought a flourish of wildlife and tourism.
Indigenously named Kati Thanda, the whooping 9.500km² stretch is Australia’s largest salt lake by far. It’s also recognised for occasionally pink hue, that comes with algae growing in the lake.
Wrightsair’ owner Trevor Wright is one of the pilots lucky enough to see the Lake in all its glory from above.
“It’s incredible to see the contrast against what was such a severe drought. This unique event provides such a pristine experience, and it’s available for such a short time.”
Wright and his team fly eight-seat passenger airvan’s across the lake. There aren’t any surrounding mountains or viewing platforms, so it’s best viewed by air. People also tend to flock in caravans, setting up camp on the lake’s edge.
Wright has lived in the closest settlement to Lake Eyre for thirty years and has watched as the water has brought it to life.
Wright has observed an incredible increase in flora and fauna, specifically birdlife, due to the Lake’s ability to accommodate in such large capacity. Thousands of species have travelled from across the state.
For Wrightsair, this has also been the busiest year for tourism.
The lake is so vast that often, the salted waters become one with the horizon. Lake Eyre has an incredible ability to put you entirely at ease: commended as one of the most peaceful destinations in the country.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE?
A second flush is predicted to occur this year, but the lake is expected to empty by November.
Travellers are encouraged to book a trip before the water starts to evaporate. You can fly from major Australian cities to Coober Pedy, the famous opal mining town in SA. Family Travel does have an in-house travel agent, at 1300 404 100.
For air tours of Lake Eyre, head to Wrightsair.