Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Water Level at 25 September 2016
Despite good local rains at the start of September, Kati Thanda’s water coverage has quickly decreased again with the increasing evaporation rate. Our seasonal tours to Lake Eyre have been extended through to October whilst there’s water in Lake Eyre and the scenery is stunning with lush grasslands in the surrounding regions.
If you want to see Lake Eyre now’s a great time to do it!
Evaporation is increasing rapidly leading up to summer which will continue to decrease the water coverage. However, our weather is being influenced by a La Nina pattern so further rain is still possible which would extend the time the lake has water on it. The north lake has decreased from about 80% to about 30% surface coverage, and the south lake from 40% to about 15% surface coverage.
The Warburton Creek is still flowing onto the north lake, while the Neales River and Umbum Creek looks like they have stopped flowing but there is still surface water where these enter the lake. The Warburton Groove is connected to Hughes and Dulhunty Islands and beyond to Belt Bay, with a mix of clear and turbid water. Hughes and Dulhunty Islands are no longer encircled by water. The Margaret River has stopped flowing onto the south lake. The minor very quick flash flood in the Cooper Creek has dropped and there is a moderate flood warning at Windorah, but this will only make it to the Coongie Lakes system.
There is a minor flood warning in the Georgina River, a moderate flood warning in Eyre Creek and a moderate flood in the Diamantina River near Diamantina Lakes but it has dropped below a minor flood at Birdsville. Some of this water may make it to the lake, but it will be minor with the increasing evaporation rate. Although less birds are being observed as they move on, the surrounding countryside is stunning with its vibrant green and spring flowers.
Visitors on the ground should see water at Lake Eyre South lookout and Halligan Bay Point, and may see water at Level Post Bay. As this has been a season of regular rains leading to regular road closures, visitors need to check for any road closures by calling 1300 361 033. Outback day and night temperatures are on the rise particularly to this remote area.
See Lake Eyre - Tours available from Melbourne
A Kirkhope Aviation air tour to Lake Eyre is the ideal way for you to appreciate the majesty of this beautiful landscape. Most people familiar with the area say the best place to view the lake from land is from the perspective of Halligan Bay (see video), so this is a popular spot for land tours. However, the best way to appreciate the expansive terrain is by air.
Kirkhope Aviations 1 and 2 day air tours to Lake Eyre give you maximum time on the ground and in the air, to capture the beauty and magnificent scenery in the region. Three and 4 day air tours to Lake Eyre incorporate a true Taste of the Outback, visiting Innamincka, Cooper Creek, Birdsville, Lake Eyre and Arkaroola on the three day air tour, with the addition of Mungo National Park, Dig Tree, Parachilna & Brachina Gorge on the 4 day Taste of the Outback air tour.