Lake Eyre rarely contains water, so hearing of rising levels and heavy flow in from the north, we decided to drive out and have a look. We plodded our way slowly out to Birdsville then headed south along the Birdsville track
Birdsville Track – dry and flat
Vegetation in this area is sparse but interesting. Mostly Saltbush, Mulga and Desert Oak.
Early settlers along the Birdsville Track lived a hard life. This is the grave of the two youngest Scobie children who died of pneumonia in the 1890’s.
We called in to Etadunna Station and picked up a key and directions to one of the large lakes, already full of water, to the North of lake Eyre.
A slow trip through the sand dunes finally brought us out at a huge lake filled with water and surrounded by a crust of white salt. A strange sight in the middle of a desert.
There are some interesting old relics scattered along the Birdsville Track. I’d love to know the stories behind them.
We continued South to Maree – a sleepy little town with a Pub, “Yacht Club” and remnants of the old Ghan Railway Line. Maree marks the southern end of the Birdsville Track and is the best access point to Lake Eyre. We obtained maps and information from the Yacht Club and headed out to see the Lake.
Remnants of a railway siding and full moon.
We camped on a waterhole at Muloorina Station and drove out to Lake Eyre South, across the Goyder Channel and on to, a still dry, Lake Eyre North. It’s an amazing sight to see a brilliant white salt pan disappear over the horizon. As you walk out into the lake the sand dunes begin to disappear and all you can see is blue sky and white salt.
A couple of days at Muloorina waterhole gave us a chance to catch up on some washing and photograph some of the birdlife.
Muloorina waterhole is fed by an artesian bore. Boiling hot water bubbles up and creates a steamy mist early in the morning. By the time it reaches the waterhole it has cooled enough to support fish and yabbies.
Fabulous images John and I love your motorhome.
Fantastic! Good on you fou being ‘out there’ – feeling a wee bit jealous! 😀
What an amazing journey! I loved the beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you for sharing it looks incredible. Probably never make a trip like this so its a joy to share. Looking forward to seeing you paintings of it. Jill
Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing this. The “Yatch Club”…. how traditional Australian humour is that!
Excellent photos John. I’m very envious of your trip – would love to be there now. We went there years ago but no water in Lake Eyre at the time. Have a great trip and best wishes to Dianne too!!
What an amazing country! The salt pan is like the salt flats here in Utah near Salt Lake City. And to see the keets and finches in the wild that we keep as pets. Your photos are wonderful. I love the bird images!
So much space, so many small beautiful elements that are so easy to miss -iconic outback. Gorgeous colours. Thanks John & Di.
Love that you share your adventures, wonderful pics…can see lots paintings coming on!
You might appreciate this trip. He goes anywhere and everywhere. Because he can!!!