Recent rains filling magnificent Lake Eyre and the waterholes surrounding Arkaroola and the Gammon Ranges mean bird and plant life in the region will be amazing come May when Park Trek hosts its annual tour to the region.
Waterholes have been flushed and revitalised with the area receiving its average annual supply of rainfall in a matter of days.
Park Trek’s specialist outback guide Carl Burden says he is really excited about the May departure.
“Exploring the Lake Eyre region on foot a couple of months after decent rains is the best time to visit. There will be flocks of birds coming inland to breed, fish eggs will hatch, growing rapidly into fingerlings and plants that lay dormant will put on a spectacular flower show.
“Expect to see swathes of rock fuschia, poached egg daisy will be popping up everywhere and vibrant Sturt Desert Pea will be in full bloom. We’ll spot flocks of vibrant green wild budgerigars, finches, corellas and galahs.”
“Life that the rains bring here is something you don’t often see, so in many ways it’s a trip of a lifetime.”
Park Trek’s eight-day walking tour includes a great mix of walking and sightseeing in this iconic outback destination. Arkaroola wilderness sanctuary and the adjoining Gammon Ranges National Park offer a host of great walking trails through some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in Australia. The journey onto Lake Eyre allows guests to explore this vast untracked area on foot and experience some of Australia’s harsh pioneering past first hand.
Travelling up the Oodnadatta Track guests will witness old Ghan railway ruins that follow a line of ancient springs around Lake Eyre’s shoreline, old fettler’s cottages and ruins from boom and bust pioneering towns that once dotted this harsh but beautiful landscape. Guests will stay in charming accommodation and experience outback hospitality at its finest.
All Park Trek Walking holidays are fully accommodated, hosted by professional and knowledgable guides and include most meals and snacks.
Travellers only need to bring their own clothing, a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a sense of adventure.
Lake Eyre and Arkaroola Walking Tour Dates: 2-9 May Cost: $2,790