Lake Eyre, South Australia
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:2 December 2016
The highlight of South Australia’s outback, the Lake Eyre National Park is home to the largest salt lake in the country.
Average Winter Temp: 20°C
Average Summer Temp: 35°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Arabana people
The magnificent white expanse of Lake Eyre extends till as far as the eye can see, and is bordered by miles of open desert and clear blue sky – a truly breathtaking visual portraiture.
Tourists who are fortunate enough to visit Lake Eyre during one of its rare water-fed avatars, can witness the massive outback oasis come to life, drawing an extraordinary number of birds from all over the country. At other times, the lake’s salt bed extends deep into the horizon, not unlike an undisturbed expanse of snow…only thriving in the searing heat.
When wanderlust strikes, and a real outback adventure is on your mind, head out to Lake Eyre. Witness the raw, barren splendour of a landscape sculpted by the persistent sun. Experience life in this remote desert, as lived by its traditional inhabitants, the Arabana people, who also manage the National Park in association with the DEWNR.
Being a low-lying area, roads leading to the Lake Eyre National Park are prone to flooding during the rainy season. The months of April through October are ideal times to visit, allowing 4WD vehicles to negotiate the terrain without difficulty.
Attractions & Activities:
- Landscape Photography
- Scenic Flights
- Aboriginal Culture Tours
- Walking Tours
- Bush Camping
- Bird Watching
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Only 4WD vehicles are permitted within the Lake Eyre National Park, and as such, caravanning tourists would need to make a stop at any of the towns in the vicinity. The National Park has 2 bush camping sites at Halligan Bay and Muloorina Station Bore, both of which require tourists to be self-sufficient in terms of food and water.
Coward Springs Campground
Though only conducive to 4WDs and small campervans, this campground deserves a mention on account of its rare combination of attractions and facilities, and its relative proximity to the Lake Eyre National Park. Tourists taking the Oodnadatta track can find this to be a convenient option. In addition to shady campsites, toilets and showers, the property has a natural spa and a small museum, and even offers camel rides, walking tours and bird watching options. A pet-friendly property with beautiful sunset views all around, Coward Springs is usually buzzing with tourists in the peak season.
$25/night for 2 persons; $6 per child
Marree’s Oasis Caravan Park and Cabins
A fully equipped caravan park offering both powered and unpowered sites, in addition to well-appointed motel rooms and cabins for tourists looking for a little extra comfort. The premises come with the complete set of facilities including toilets, showers and a laundry area with washers, dryers and clothes lines. Guests can choose to cook their own meals in the rustic barbecue area, or head over to the Marree Roadhouse Bistro for a sumptuous meal after a long day’s drive. The caravan park welcomes pets as well.
$25/night for 2 persons, powered sites
$10/night per person; unpowered tent sites
(Motel rooms and cabins are also available; tariffs start at $80/night)
Drovers Run Tourist Park
Another good stopover option for tourists caravanning to see the Lake Eyre National Park, the Drovers Run Tourist Park offers both powered and unpowered drive-through sites, together with laundry, kitchen, shower and toilet facilities. Other facilities on site include auto repair, Lake Eyre flight bookings, and additional accommodation in the form of self-contained, affordable cabins.
(Management to be contacted for tariffs.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Caravan parks around Lake Eyre National Park (including those listed above) typically offer affordable rates. Tourists can also find South Australian Rest Areas along their routes, via the RAA mobile app. Those taking 4WDs to the Park can choose any of the 2 bush camping sites within (Halligan Bay and Muloorina Station Bore). Camping fees are under $8/night per person at these campsites.