Lake Eyre Travel Guide

Situated in the remote wilderness of South Australia’s outback, Lake Eyre is a destination that inspires even well-travelled poets and artists. With its white sands, glass-like seasonal waters and treacherous nearby landscapes, this destination will ignite your passion for nature.

Located 647 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, the journey to Lake Eyre is long. If you can manage the adventurous drive through the Lake Eyre Basin, you will be amazed by a part of the world where nature still reigns.

Things to see and do in Lake Eyre

At 144 kilometres in length, Lake Eyre is the largest salt lake in Australia. Lake Eyre is divided into two portions by the Goyder Channel. Like Lake Eyre’s other characteristics, the Goyder Channel is massive. Explore this impressive body of water by boat, or enjoy stunning views from one of its sandy beaches.

Lake Eyre, South Australia

Lake Eyre sign at the Oodnadatta Track in the outback of SA.

The land around Lake Eyre, the Lake Eyre Basin, is arid throughout most of the year. Despite large floods every ten years, the Basin has earned a reputation as one of the driest places in Australia.

You should make every effort to visit Lake Eyre after a flood. While large floods usually happen once every ten years, minor rainfall events occur more frequently. After a flood, the landscape of the Lake Eyre Basin changes drastically; wildflowers grow near the lake, and aquatic vegetation sprouts in Eyre’s shallow regions. Instead of a drab landscape, the Lake Eyre Basin is covered with various hues of green, orange, red, and blue. During these floods, you may experience an aerial view of the basin by chartering a helicopter from a touring company.

One of the most popular locations to admire the wonders of the lake is Halligan Bay. From Halligan Bay, you may have the chance to see a massive expanse of calm water. In the evenings, watch the lake’s iconic sunset. Halligan Bay can be accessed by following the rugged Halligan Bay track. This road is remote, and it is treacherous for unprepared travellers, so be sure to bring food, water, and fuel. Because of the road’s ruts and bumpy terrain, you will also need a 4WD vehicle with a decent suspension system. Once you have made the appropriate preparations, cruise along the Halligan Bay track for a day of fun and excitement. Unlike many modern roads in Australian cities, the Halligan Bay track is surrounded by open land in every direction.

As one of the only oases in South Australia’s harsh environment, Lake Eyre is home to many birds. Keep an eye out for large seabirds like pelicans and banded stilts. These species migrate from coastal areas as far off as Papua New Guinea. Mammals and reptiles also reside in the areas surrounding Lake Eyre.