One of the most-asked questions the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia receives is about conditions at Kati-Thanda-Lake Eyre in the state’s far north.
Australia’s largest salt lake is an iconic site that sits dry most of the time, so any water in the area is a big event that attracts tourists from around Australia and the world.
Flinders Ranges and Outback National Parks and Wildlife Manager Tony Magor recently flew over the area and shared these photos and insights as an update to his July adventures.
‘The last flight that we undertook over Lake Eyre was two months ago, so we flew over now in September and what a difference that two months has made,’ Tony said.
‘The inflows stopped some time ago, but the lake still has a lot to offer for those visitors still travelling to the region.’
Located about 750 kilometres north of Adelaide, the north lake itself measures a whopping 114 km long by 77 km wide, and is the lowest point in Australia.
The best way to see the lake is from the air, and scenic flights are available from Maree, William Creek and Wilpena Pound.
Tony’s flight revealed that the north lake surface covered by water is now down from about 55 per cent two months ago to about 15 per cent.
The majority of the Warburton Groove and the north lake is dry, which led to a bit of raised dust during the flight.
Lake Eyre South has been dry all year and was covered in a layer of raised dust as Tony flew up to the north lake.