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Lake Eyre, Dig Tree & The Prairie 2011

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Day One: Melbourne – Broken Hill – Innamincka (The Dig Tree)

Depart Melbourne early morning for a scenic flight that will take you north-west over the River Murray, arriving in the ‘Silver City’ by mid-morning to refuel. This afternoon your pilot will fly you over the desert to Nappa Merrie Station for an afternoon and lunch with Bomber at the historic Dig Tree. Following your tour of this very significant piece of Australian history, a short flight to Innamincka in time for sunset and dinner. At present, there are large numbers of birds in the region.

Accommodation: the very loveable Innamincka Hotel (ensuite) 

Day Two: Innamincka – Lake Eyre (scenic) – Marree (Lake Eyre South) – Parachilna

This morning your flight path will take you at low-level over the Coongie Lakes, Goyder Lagoon and follow the floodwaters of the Warburton out onto the vast expanse of Lake Eyre where we will conduct a comprehensive scenic flight of the lakes features. Once on the ground in Marree, be guided by a local indigenous elder Reg Dodd. An overland trip with him will take you along the Oodnadatta Track, through the Dingo Fence and out onto Lake Eyre South itself (at this stage has plenty of water). Fly south to the Prairie Hotel in time for sunset drinks before sitting down to a specially prepared dinner showcasing bush tucker, gourmet style.

Accommodation: the surprisingly luxurious Prairie Hotel

Day Three: Parachilna – Flinders Ranges – Melbourne

This morning join fourth generation grazier and owner of the Prairie Hotel, Ross Fargher on a tour to explore the western Flinders Ranges’ beautiful gorges and desert. Spot yellow-footed rock wallabies and the watchful wedge tailed eagles circling above. Return to the Prairie for lunch before returning homeward, making an orbit of the impressive Wilpena Pound on departure - arriving Essendon approximately 1830.

After your trip you will receive a CD of photographs taken onboard your adventure.

To register your interest in this tour please click here.

Some interesting facts about the lake:

Lake Eyre is a giant basin where all the inland rivers (Diamantina, Warburton, Thomson, Barcoo, Cooper, Georgina, Eyre Creek, Peake, Neales, Macumba and Hamilton Rivers) converge into a pool of vast proportions, yet it can lay dry for many years on end as a crusty saltpan.

It is in fact made up of two lakes, Lake Eyre North and Lake Eyre South joined by the narrow watercourse Goyders Channel and combined they cover an area of 9,700 sq km and reside within the Lake Eyre National Park.

The climate of the lake is characterised by hot summers with average maximum in excess of 55C, little rainfall - under 120mm, and an evaporation rate of 2000mm per annum! Vegetation in the surrounding areas consists of mainly samphire, saltbush, bluebush and acacia.

The smooth, flat surface of the lake and its enormous size have made it an ideal site for a number of world land speed record attempts, notably the successful bid by Sir Donald Campbell in July 1964.

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