2017 Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre Scenic Flights
One of the highlights of the Outback is the timeless landscapes of Australia’s largest salt lake – Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre.
Lake Eyre is best enjoyed from the air. The lake is a vast expanse of salt – 144kms long, 77kms wide, the same size as the country of Qatar – and is derived from the evaporation of floodwaters over thousands of years. The lake is filled by water from a catchment area which lies across three states and encompasses one sixth of Australia. Water flows into the lake about once every eight years, but has only been filled to capacity three times in the past 150 years.
Seasonal rainfalls attract waterbirds such as Australian pelicans, silver gulls, red-necked avocets, banded stilts and gull-billed terns. However, the average annual rainfall for this arid area is only 125mm.
The best way to see Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre National Park and appreciate its vastness is from the air. The flight departs from Rawnsley Park Station, on the South side of Wilpena Pound, and tracks over Wilpena Pound and Ikara / Flinders Ranges National Park. You will see the Gorges of Bunyeroo, Brachina and Parachilna Gorge, and the Heysen Range before tracking for the former coal mining town of Leigh Creek. A flight over the Outback town of Marree will take you to Kata Thanda / Lake Eyre National Park. First flying over Lake Eyre South and the Goyder Channel before entering the Lake at Madigan Gulf. The flight will continue North until you are approximately one-third of the way up Lake Eyre North before turning West for William Creek, and lunch. After a walk around this iconic Outback town, located on the Oodnadatta Track, before re-boarding the aircraft for the scenic flight back to Rawnsley Park Station. The afternoon flight includes the world’s largest cattle station (Anna Creek Station is the same size as the country of Wales), the opal mining town of Andamooka, Lake Torrens (the second largest salt lake in Australia) and Wilpena Pound. This is a memorable day in the Outback.
AUD $860pp for 4 people.
AUD $940pp for 3 people.
AUD $1250 pp for 2 people.
Duration: Full Day Tour
Departures: On demand. Bookings essential
Scenic flight from
Rawnsley Park Station to Wilpena Pound, Ikara / Flinders Ranges National Park, Leigh Creek, Marree, Muloorina Station, Lake Eyre South, Lake Eyre North (Kati Thanda National Park).
Lunch at William Creek Hotel.
Scenic flight from William Creek to Andamooka, Lake Torrens, Wilpena Pound, and return to Rawnsley Park Station.
Optional Extra: The Painted Hills
The Painted Hills are an area of multi-coloured large and small hills, located on a remote section of Anna Creek Station. The Hills emerge suddenly from the flat landscape that surrounds them, and appear to change colour as the sun moves throughout the day. The deep red appears to be where iron has oxidised in the rocks.
AUD an additional $180pp.
2017 Lake Eyre Fly & Stay package:
Spend two nights in a holiday unit at Rawnsley Park Station with views of Wilpena Pound, and enjoy a full day scenic flight to Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre National Park. Spend an evening relaxing on a 4WD tour to a secluded location with local guide, sipping a glass of sparkling and enjoying fresh canapés while watching the sunset over Rawnsley Bluff / Wilpena Pound. Prices start from $1395 per person, for 4 adults. Contact (08) 8625 9051 to enquire or book now! Offer valid until 31 March 2018.
Please note – Bookings that include Easter 2017 require a three night minimum stay.
2017 Two Day Lake Eyre & Channel Country:
This two day tour includes time over Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre National Park, and time exploring the creeks and waterways which form a part of the Lake Eyre catchment.
Take a scenic flight from Rawnsley Park Station and fly over:
Ikara / Flinders Ranges National Park
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
the Birdsville Track crossing the Cooper Creek
Lunch stop – Innamincka Hotel.
After lunch, depart Innamincka for the famous Dig Tree, on Nappa Merrie Station, and learn more of the tragic Burke and Wills expedition which aimed to be the first explorers to cross Australia from South to North. Leaving the Dig Tree, fly over the Coongie Lakes before landing at Birdsville.
Overnight – dinner, bed and breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel.
Farewell Birdsville and fly over Big Red sand-dune before heading South to follow the Warburton Creek, over Goyder’s Lagoon, and Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre National Park. Fly South, nearly the full length of Lake Eyre North, before turning West for William Creek.
Lunch stop – William Creek Hotel.
After lunch, when ready, re-board the aircraft for a flight from William Creek, over the opal mining town of Andamooka, before Wilpena Pound and returning to Rawnsley Park Station.
Includes: flight as described, lunch at the Innamincka Hotel, two course dinner, twin share room, and breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel, lunch at the William Creek Hotel. All meals include water / juice / soft drink, tea / coffee.
$2260 per person for 4 passengers.
A shared cruise on the Cooper Creek from Innamincka.
A sunset 4WD tour to Big Red sand dune from Birdsville.
Departures on demand. Bookings and enquiries: (08) 8625 9051.
Photographer: Tony Magor, Natural Resources SA Arid Lands.