Lake Eyre Water Level – Current Status April 2017

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Water Level at April 2017

Solid rains in Queensland off Tropical Cyclone Debbie, water expected to take a month and a half to move from South Queensland to get down to the Lake Eyre basin. 

Recent tours report that Lake Eyre Water Level is dry but birdlife nearby remains.

Lake Eyre Water Level – There is currently a limited amount of water on the lake with the last seeps of water evaporating quickly inside the deepest section of the Lake. Reports from recent tours have been coming in that the beautiful white salt crust on the top of the Lake is forming, providing visitors with an opportunity to get up and close with Australia’s iconic phenomenon.

Lake Eyre Photo AprilRecent tours have been coming back and reporting that there is currently enough water in Cooper Creek to tour by boat as well as being able to boast a substantial amount of birdlife. Contrasting this with the expansive salt lake, Lake Eyre, it provides visitors with a glimpse into one of the greatest experiences inside our very own backyard. Our Taste of the Outback tour visits Lake Eyre by stopping over at Muloorina and taking a 4WD to the footsteps of the Lake.

In order for the Lake Eyre Water Level to rise it draws from two main sources of water, the Warburton Creek and the Cooper Creek. From the air, our recent tours have seen that there is a trickle of water inside the Warburton Creek that will most likely not make it into Lake Eyre without further rainfall. The Cooper Creek though, where our tour makes a stop over, has a substantial amount of water, however it’s most likely that there isn’t enough flow to make it down into Lake Eyre.

Visiting Lake Eyre and its surrounding iconic locations have never been more promising. 

From the water movement inside Cooper Creek as well as Warburton Creek, it’s highly likely that The Lake Eyre Water Level will continue to fall giving the opportunity for the crisp white salt top to get better, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience and step onto Australia’s largest salt lake.

Heavy rains that flowed into Lake Eyre last year are still providing substantial amounts of life in the surrounding areas, most notably the Warburton Creek and the Diamantina. The reduction in temperature is also reducing evaporation meaning that life and water throughout the Diamantina system will be staying well into the winter!

Road closures due to flooding won’t present the same hurdles as last year. Our Taste of the Outback Tour is going to be able to make a return to Digg Tree as the air strip is no longer flooded. Innamincka’s air strip is also in outstanding condition with the drying weather.

Is Lake Eyre on your bucket list? Now is a great time to visit!

Contact us on 1300 20 61 30 to speak to a pilot about the Lake Eyre’s current condition and enquire about our Taste of the Outback tour.

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