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It is hard to visualise just how much land is covered by the floodwaters on Lake Eyre and the Coongie Lakes at the moment.

it is easy to see some amazing contrasts. So much green – shades of green that in some places defy belief.


Then there’s the normal colours of the desert interspersed with streams like the Cooper Creek that have burst their banks in countless places.

I am getting emails from people wanting to travel to the area in the months to come.

The main question being – will there be lots to see by the time we get there. In short, the answer is that the rest of this year will will remain a wonderland out there.

The Lakes will erupt with fish and bird life as well as plenty of healthy vegetation. The Coongie Lakes will probably hold water for a time next year.

Clearly William Creek will be the epicenter of all this activity and it would pay to contact the William Creek Hotel ( [email protected]) about accommodation and camping facilities etc.

Similarly you would be best advised to book with Wright Air for flights.



Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and the Prairie Hotel (Parachilna) will also provide fixed-wings flights over the waters.

Similarly flights will go from further south at Rawnsley Park Station.

Access to the area will also be made in time from Birdsville in Queensland and Innamincka on the Queensland, South Australian border once roads in those areas have dried out.

There’s an expression …”Don’t give up your day job….” As a travel agent the Sentimental Bloke will probably make a better photographer than a travel agent but there’s plenty of people who can help you.

Just use the links and the telephone for up-to-date information.

Travelling in this part of the world requires a bit (maybe a lot) of preparation.