Lake Eyre in June

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 19:10
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I was just wondering what it would be like to go to Lake Eyre in June this year. I've always wanted to see Lake Eyre and with it being nearly full, thought it'd be a good time to head out there.

I've been following all the floods and see that there are still some happening in North Qld/NT which are flowing down to SA and into Lake Eyre. The plan is to go from Brisbane to Birdsville then down to Marree but currently there are some roads closed that way.

Does anyone reckon the roads will be open by mid June?? Or will I have to go via Broken Hill then up to Marree that way??

Any information would be greatly appreciated so I can plan the trip properly or decide to go elsewhere.
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Reply By: RobAck - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 19:22

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 19:22
At the moment only the weather gods know what will happen by June. Based on the long range forecasts there is a decent chance things will dry out enough for the road gangs to get their graders in to repair what are some seriously damaged outback roads at the moment, made worse having some drive on closed ones recently.

Best advise is to have more than one plan to get there and keep a close eye on the road closure reports provided by the SA Dept of Tpt and you can find the links in the trips section of this website I am sure

Apart from that book a flight with Trevor Wright at William Creek as it will be the best way to appreciate what has happened


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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:12

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:12
We are flying over Lake Eyre in June I will let you know how the roads look from up there
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve J (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 19:08

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 19:08
Yeah, that'd be great thanks!!
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Reply By: Crackles - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:14

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:14
Steve just to clear up one point, Lake Eyre is NOT nearly full in fact presently it's a long way off. The good news is there is still a huge body of water north of Birdsville heading south so by the time you hope to go in June it's highly likely to have an excellent coverage. Roads other than those directly cut by floodwater should be mostly dry by then & many even graded.
Roads cut will include the Rig Rd at the Warburton crossing & Walkers crossing on the Cooper. It's likely the Cooper will also cut the Birdsville track with the upgraded ferry opperating again.
As with any outback trip, local heavy rain could close these roads again with little or no notice.
Cheers Craig.................
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Reply By: kenneth w - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:50

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011 at 20:50
I think it seems to be very dangerous in thus may to mid June???
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Reply By: Member - Steve J (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 19:09

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 19:09
Thanks for all the responses. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on all relevant web sites and will make the final decision around mid June. It'd be great to see it and whilst it may not be full, it'll be a great trip anyway.
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