Lake Eyres a Fillin Up

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These pictures were in the Australian today. Lake Eyre Pictures

Bob
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:09

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:09
Great pix, Bob. Thanks for sharing :))
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:24

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:24
Hi Bob
Those pictures would be in the Warburton Grove. It is still going to take a very lot of water before it starts to cover the whole Lake Eyre Surface. We are hearing various report on the final coverage, with some saying the final depth may be 1 metre. Either way it will look great.

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Reply By: davida - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:05

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:05
When Lake Eyre was "full" in 1974 it was estimated to contain 32.5 cubic kilometres or water. Makes our Adelaide annual water usage of about 220Gl look pretty insignificant.

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Reply By: wicket - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:28

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:28
Assuming it does fill with a significant amount of water and makes a trip up there worthwhile, where are the best places for viewing/campoing ?

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:58

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:58
Go to William Creek then take the track from there to the lookout.
Ask at the Pub re camping.
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Follow Up By: PandJ - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:06

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:06
G'day wicket,

Go to the camp site on the bank of the Frome River at Muloorina Station via Marree.
Fees are a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and you have water in the river from the Homestead bore all the time, with bird life and station stock watering at it.

Then travel to the lake and you will be on the Eastern side of both Lake Eyre north and south, this way you MAY see water on both lakes as you drive with in metres of the lakes.

Cheers P&J (X employee of the station)
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:13

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:13
Wicket,
There will not be enough water at either Halligan's Bay or level Post Bay. You won't see anything from these places. The only way you'll see water on the lake is to take a plane flight from William Creek with Wrights Air.
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Follow Up By: wicket - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:07

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:07
cheers lads, will keep an eye on water levels
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Reply By: Member - Chris & Sue (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:10

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:10
Thanks for sharing those, Bob.

We are hoping to be there about May. Anyone any idea about how long it will last?

Cheers,
Chris
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:30

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:30
I went out to Lake Eyre in 2001 when all the papers said it was "filling up".

It was a great trip saw lots had a great time with travelling companions and enjoyed every bit of it.........but we left our swimmers in the bag and I felt sorry for all those I who towed boats up for a day out on the water.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:17

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:17
Its great to see some photos of whats happening up the top of Lake Eyre. But one metre of water is not much, when it needs 7 metres of water to fill up. Take a plane flight and you'll see the water in the Warburton Groove.

But the water will not be visible from any of the other viewing points. Its just a splash in the top from the Warburton with nothing from the other 4 main rivers. The flood in Cooper creek won't reach Coongie on current estimations, so no need to get excited.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:24

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:24
Everyone, take notice of what this man says - he is quite right - the only way to see it will be to fly over it. I flew over it in 2000 and it was absolutely magical. There will not be the large volume of water this time as there was then. I am aware of all the people who drove up last time with boats and after travelling all that way were so disappointed.
As the water goes in through the Warburton Groove and spreads out a bit there will be planes flying from William Creek, Marree, Birdsville and lots of other places. Another warning is that due to the flooding in/around Birdsville (and the fourth flood rise is on the way now) has caused a problem in that we have not had any fuel supplies since before Christmas so are extremely low on Jet-A and Av-Gas Check before you fly in here!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:14

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:14
Hi Ruth,
Hope there's some merlot getting through even if the fuel isn't!

I did a plane flight in 2000 too - Northern Lake Eyre was mostly covered. It was a great view from up there. On the same trip we were able to travel on Muloorina Station, under the guidance of Malcolm and see the water on both sides of the Babbage Peninsula which is rarely accessible to visitors. These are the deepest parts of the lake and were just like a visit to the beach. Brine shrimp were plentiful and the birds were enjoying the feed. It was a brilliant experience but only seen when the Lake is well covered.

I missed the huge floods of 1974 (was still at school!), but Lake Eyre South was still black mud when we visited in the Corolla in 1978. We then took the family to Level Post Bay in the 55series about 1988/89 when there was a lot of water. Waded out a fair way and squished in the black mud to find water!
2000 was great, but 2004 didn't have enough water.

Unfortunately we'll have to wait for a decent flood. To fill both north and south Lakes is a 50+ year event last seen in 1974. And to get coverage of Lake Eyre North is a 15 year event last seen in 2000. When it really happens next time, I'll hopefully be retired and out there!!!

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Phil
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Reply By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:22

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:22
Here's a few pix. The first is inflows into Lake Eyre since 1885Image Could Not Be Found. A BoM source reckons there's 2 to 3 cubic km but this was before the 4th pulse in the Diamantina/ Eyre Ck which is still upstream of Birdsville. So even if it reaches 5000GL - thats 5 cubic km or 10 Sydney Harbours- it's small compared to 1974 but nearly the biggest for 20 years. See this site for more details. http://www.k26.com/eyre/
As the inhabitants of SW Qld know the Diamantina plus Georgina/Eyre Ck are in major flood. Next two images give the flows.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
All in all, if you are planning a Simpson Crossing, all this water has to be crossed either on the QAA line at Eyre Ck or on the Rig Rd at Warburton Xing. Our group has 10 weeks and counting.... Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 23:22

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 23:22
Gday Glenn,
10 weeks.......you might be lucky. We had a magic trip in 2001 when Eyre Creek was flooded. The bypass track was still open and the birdlife at Goonamillera waterhole was great. We arrived for lunch and stayed.

I think it takes a lot longer for Warburton crossing to open. The 8km of track from the Birdsville track goes under water too and it remains a bog for quite some time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 23:26

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 23:26
I should add that the word at our club meeting this week was to not expect the Simpson to be crossable until maybe June/July. Theres a lot of water coming down Eyre Creek. Desert parks Bulletin says the same.
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