When Eyre fills with water, what a sight to see

When Eyre fills with water, what a sight to see

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE – Tri State Safaris has a series of tours to see spectacular Lake Eyre in flood.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE – Tri State Safaris has a series of tours to see spectacular Lake Eyre in flood.

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Lake Eyre is again in flood after heavy rainfall earlier in the year in the Channel Country.

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Lake Eyre is again in flood after heavy rainfall earlier in the year in the Channel Country.

Records show Kati-Thanda Lake Eyre experiences a “small” flood every three years, a “large” flood every 10 and fills to capacity only four times in a century.

Recently Australia’s largest saltwater lake reached 100 per cent coverage and more than 30 per cent capacity, with waters reaching more than 1.8 metres deep in areas such as Belt Bay.

With floodwaters still steadily flowing from the Warburton, Neals and Hamilton creeks into the Lake Eyre system, predictions are that the lake will remain at this capacity for several months.

It’s a water wonderland for native wildlife and a variety of birdlife found in the Channel Country.

To make sure travellers have the opportunity to make the most of this amazing occurrence, Tri State Safaris has tour dates right up to October for the five-day Lake Eyre Discovery Tour.

Lake Eyre isn’t the only place that has benefited from the recent heavy rains – large parts of the Channel Country have also been soaked, with Thargomindah receiving about 119mm and Cooper Creek flowing at 5.7 metres over the causeway at Innamincka.

Such conditions set the scene for a promising spring season, with blankets of wildflowers, increased wildlife activity and a plethora of birdlife predicted for July through to October. This will make 2016 the perfect time to travel in far west Queensland and far west NSW.

Tri State Safaris passengers joining the eight-day Birdsville Outback Loop through the Corner and Channel Country can expect incredible outback conditions in the safe hands of experienced and professional driver/guides.

Tri State Safaris, (08) 8088-2389, www.tristate.com.au

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