It doesn’t happen often, but when it does hoo-boy is it a sight to behold. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has copped a good soaking of rain for the first time in years, and the whole area has bloomed in an array of gorgeous colours thanks to a bunch of algae that’s sprung to life after a good drink.
It is Australia‘s natural lowest point, sitting 15m below sea level, and is normally quite an arid, drought-stricken area – except for when the area cops a good rain and floods once every five to ten years. Located in the northern end of South Australia, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has the same level of saltiness as the ocean when it’s full, but when the water evaporates it becomes a vast expanse of salt plains, like saltier than a when you get to an event and someone’s wearing the same thing as you but better.
Floodwaters have arrived at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre… and it's a nature show of EPIC proportions! At 144km long and 77km wide, #Australia’s biggest lake is over 200 million years old, and the lowest point on the continent. After heavy tropical rains in Queensland back in early 2018, water has been slowly snaking its way 1000km across the Australian #outback into the #LakeEyre basin, transforming this normally parched and salty interior into a thriving #desert oasis! As it floods, colourful algae is springing to life, painting a stunning canvas of blue, white, pink, yellow and red, while waterbirds descend from across the globe. Flows like these only happen every 3-10 years or so, meaning there's never a better time to jump on board with @wrightsair and catch Mother Nature at her very wildest – on the very largest scale. See our Story for all the details, or click the link in our bio for our ULTIMATE guide to #KatiThanda! ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ #SeeSouthAustralia [????Location: just a 2 hour flight from #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia to #CooberPedy ] #KatiThanda #SeeAustralia #Australia #Travel
Who said color blocking is out? When you look at the #pinklakes from #whyalla in @eyrepenisula, it reminds you more of a picture of modern art than a nature phenomenon. Floodwaters have arrived at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, which dyes the area in an epic color show! The #LakeEyre is over 200 million years old and the lowest point on the continent #Australia! Because of topical rains in Queensland the flooded area turns these days into a thriving desert oasis, where the algae is painting this normally parched and salty interior into pink, orange, yellow and blue. Imagine, this happens only every 3-10 years! ???????? #birdview #naturephotography #flood #colorfestival #colorblocking #colorboom #colorup #colorful #Seesouthaustralia #travelinaustralia #picoftheday #photooftheday #instadaily #instagood #instatravel #mytravelgram #wanderlust #traveling #travelgoals #travelgram #travelpics #travelphotography #travelblogger #aroundtheworld #followusaroundtheworld ????: @southaustralia
After a big tropical downpour in Queensland earlier this year, the floodwaters have moved quietly down towards the lowest point, because all creeks lead to Kati Thanda (thank you gravity) and collected in the big salty basin.
From there, lake algae – that somehow lies dormant when the water dries up and the salt levels intensify – has sprung back into action, blooming madly and creating incredible, deeply photogenic landscapes that look more like watercolour art than actual real-life places that you can see and touch. Brilliant hues of blue, pink, orange and white splash over the country’s biggest lake, which only completely fills up once every 160ish years.
The best way to see all the gorgeous gradients is to get above it in a plane or helicopter, which gives you the best view to take a billion photos to chuck up on insta and make everyone deeply jealous.
Alright. Truth is, I’ve been holding back on sharing the images I took at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre a couple of weeks back now – mainly because there’s just too many to choose from! Here’s one I snuck in over Silt Island with my awesome @wrightsair pilot, Jordan. I won’t lie… it’s cold a few thousand feet up in the air with the window down, but hey… bloody well worth it. Thanks also to the awesome crew at @williamcreekhotel for keeping me well fed and watered! ???????????? . . . . #LakeEyre #Outback #SeeSouthAustralia #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #Australia #KatiThanda
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park is one of those places that can really sneak up on the uninitiated. Given it’s gargantuan size, it’s easy to clock up a couple of hours flying time just barely touching the sides! And when those white salt pans turn pink and merge into the parched red earth of the South Australian Outback, it’s about as surreal as a Salvador Dali painting. Thanks to local legends, @wrightsair and @williamcreekhotel for their amazing bush hospitality – and the most incredible doors-off day shooting I’ve ever had! ???????? #lakeeyre #outback #seesouthaustralia #seeaustralia
Brb booking a road trip to Coober Pedy asap.Image: Instagram / @swannysa