Rain in early April across outback South Australia has flowed into Lake Eyre South. An estimated 500mm deep water has accumulated on the southern shore of Lake Eyre South. This is visible and accessible from the Oodnadatta Track.
Recent wide spread rain over central Australia has resulted in some heavy falls in Queensland and South Australia and in particular the Lake Eyre Basin.
On February 14-15, 2014 heavy rain was experienced across the Flinders Ranges, Northern South Australia and SW Queensland with following falls recorded.
Oodnadatta 13mm Marree 54mm Leigh Creek 27mm Roxby Downs 13.5mm
Coober Pedy 21mm Mt Barry HS 60mm Arkaroola 70mm Andamooka
Windorah 20mm Bedourie 37mm Boulia 37 Birdsville 8mm Isisford 65mm
Most of this rain fell over a 1 - 2 hr period causing a lot of the local creeks to flow including those flowing into Lake Eyre and in particular Lake Eyre South. This has caused widespread flooding and most of the waters are destined for Lake Eyre.
The Neales River south of Oodnadatta has had a 4.5m rise in the water level at Algebuckina WH. The Cullyamurra WH on the Cooper Creek near Innamincka has risen 1.5m following the rains.
There is now some water on the surface of Lake Eyre North and a substantial amount of water in Lake Eyre South which should be visible from the Oodnadatta track 100km west of Marree.
Some of the southern creeks are still flowing into Lake Eyre South as a result of the recent rains which is still causing restrictions on most of South Auatralia's outback unsealed roads.
Regardless of whether it has water or not a scenic flight over the Lake and the arid South Australian outback is a great experience.
Swagabout will be offering all standard tours to the area as well as tailored options for those who wish to have a little bit more.