Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park update 16 March 2016
It’s amazing how quickly Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre can change; from the evaporation of the lake drying quickly, to ‘flash flooding’ from local rain. This recent rain last week has breathed further life into the visitor season for the area.
Flight over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
The Flinders Ranges Tourism Assoc went for a flight over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre yesterday and there is a very thin veneer of water over parts of the lake due to the rain last week, and the 90mm that fell on Peake Station. The images on the page are a selection to give you a perspective over the whole lake, as well as the fuselage of the Cessna 210 that has resided in Madigan Gulf for many years, plus an update report.
Lake Eyre Rains Extend Visitor Season
The rains have extended the length of the visitor season as we see extra life in abundance. Both the north and south lake are sitting at about 60% water coverage (but that does not equate to volume). A lot of this water is a thin veneer which generally evaporates away quickly but water is still flowing in from the Margaret River to the south lake, and the Neales River into the north lake. We’ll need to wait and see how much water comes down the Warburton Creek and further up the Diamantina River and Georgina Creek/Eyre Creek. A few flocks of pelicans were seen at the start of the Warburton Groove and the lower reaches of Warburton Creek.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a 55-65% chance of above average rainfall in the next couple months with a decline in El Nino so time will tell if we receive further falls in the Lake Eyre catchment and if those falls are substantial or not.
The views from the aircraft flying over Lake Eyre are quite spectacular as you can see. Latest photos of Lake Eyre…taken by Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Association.