Coober Pedy is abuzz with travellers making their way north to warmer weather or to visit the phenomena of Lake Eyre filling up due to recent rains across northern NSW and Queenland.
Excitement has grabbed the attention of holiday makers as winter sets in on the southern states of Australia. Boats are sailing, seagulls have made their way inland and pelicans and wildlife abound.
Bundoo Bunta is the Arabana name for South Australia’s Lake Eyre. The Arabana people are the traditional custodians and keepers of the Bundoo Bunta known as Lake Eyre. This is the native homeland to which the Arabana people are tied. Noted Arabana elder, Ken Buzzacott, is passionate about the preservation of the Bundoo Bunta territory and traditional lands.
Kevin and many of his Arabana companions went to school in Finnis Springs from the 1930 onward and maintain strong connections to their land.
White goverments put the local aborigines into a mission at Finnis Springs. “You can’t take the blackfellow out of his country” say the locals. “Our families are tied to this land. It is our heart and soul and our heritage. This land gave us life”.
Coober Pedy’s outback mailman Peter Rowe who owns and operates Desert Diversity Tours, defines the Lake Eyre region as such:
“Lake Eyre lies in the very heart of Australia’s Outback. We invite you to lunch 15 metres below sea level on the shore of this mystical lake that is impressive, whether covered by a dry salt crust or filled with water.
Lake Eyre is a giant basin where the great inland rivers of the outback converge. It can lay dry for many years on end, with nothing but white salt as far as the eye can see, then when the wild inland rivers flood, the lake comes alive as a gigantic wetland system, boiling with newly breeding aquatic life that attracts water birds for thousands of kilometres, renewing life into the desert.
To visit Lake Eyre, Desert Diversity Tours leaves the world famous Opal mining town of Coober Pedy, and passing the last of the underground homes, heads through the Dingo Fence. We enter and travel over Anna Creek, the world’s largest cattle station, stopping at Lake Cadibarrawirracanna. Then, crossing the red sand hill country before arriving at one of Australia’s unique towns and pub, William Creek.”
See the Desert Diversity Tours website for tour information and photos.
See amazing satellite photos: NASA Lake Eyre Filling Peaks