Whilst everyone is talking up Lake Eyre, for me one of the many unknowns of the outback flooded regions is the magnificent fresh water system of the Coongie Lakes.
Because of the lake’s incredible diversity, Coongie Lake’s are in fact recognised as having World Heritage standard by the CSIRO and are included on the National Heritage List.
Over 470 plant species (52 of which are considered very rare), 180 bird species, 20 native mammal species, 35 reptile, 12 native fish and 10 frog species are present within the wetlands, making Coongie Lakes an extremely diverse area of high ecological value.
The Lakes are also recognised as having both European and Indigenous cultural significance, having provided an important trade route for Indigenous communities prior to settlement, and an historical landmark for European heritage as the site where explorers Burke, Wills and Gray perished.
Both our 3 Day Supreme Scenic Safari and our 2 Day Lake Eyre & Outback Ultimate Weekender include low flying to capture the glory of this fresh water system as we travel to Birdsville via the Dig Tree and Innamincka. Stunning viewing and at the moment there are thousands of pelicans on the lake as you can see in the photo below.
This certainly proves that the best way to see this region and the rest of the flooded region of the outback, is by flying! You can check out our departure dates, vacancies, 2011 images and comments from our guests at Goin’ Off Safaris by clicking here.
Thanks to The Sentimental Bloke, Peter MacDonald for his great photos. For more of his outstanding work, click here.
Hope to see you on board soon!