Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre - South Australia

LAKE EYRE (Kati Thanda) is one of the world's largest salt lakes and Australia's largest inland lake, comprised of 400 million tonnes of salt. It is the lowest point of Australia (15m below sea level). Lake Eyre has only filled with water four times over the last hundred years! The most recent total fill of Lake Eyre was back in 1974 when the lake flooded to a height of 6m (20 ft). The same year as this flood was the Christmas Day, Cyclone Tracey that devastated Darwin. Lake Eyre actually comprises of two separate depressions, Lake Eyre North (8,430 square km), Lake Eyre South (1,260 sq km).

Lake Eyre was named after English Explorer Edward John Eyre in 1840, who lead South Australian expeditions in the 1800s. Donald Campbell set a land speed world record of 649 kmh in his turbine car "Bluebird" on its dry bed back in 1964.

'Kati Thanda' is the original name of Lake Eyre given to it by the local Arabuna People. Native Title of Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) was granted to the Arabuna People in May, 2012.

Current Lake Eyre Conditions


 Australia's largest inland lake

 Endorheic Lake - meaning water only flows in not out! 

400 million tonnes of salt

15 metres below sea level

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Lake Eyre from William Creek

Depart William Creek on a unique trip to view the visual extremities of Lake Eyre, Australia's largest inland lake situated in South Australia.

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Lake Eyre from Coober Pedy

Fly over the top and bottom of Lake Eyre, the Painted Hills, and a enjoy visit to the renowned William Creek Hotel.

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Lake Eyre from Wilpena Pound Resort

See the beauty of Lake Eyre, Wilpena Pound and the spectacular Ikara-Flinders Ranges.

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