Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

Park fees:
Vehicle entry: $13.00 per vehicle
Accommodation: $21.00 per night
Fees must be paid before entry to the park. Campsite fees are per night, subject to availability.
770km from Adelaide
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Check the lat­est Desert Parks Bul­letin before vis­it­ing this park.

Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre/​Kati Than­da has a catch­ment area from three states and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. The north lake itself is huge, cov­er­ing an area 144km long and 77km wide, and at 15.2 metres below sea lev­el, it is the low­est point in Aus­tralia. The south lake is 64km long and 24km wide. Flood waters cov­er the lake once every eight years on aver­age. How­ev­er, the lake has only filled to capac­i­ty three times in the last 160 years.

You may feel a sense of iso­la­tion stand­ing on the dry lake edge and see­ing noth­ing as far as the eye can see – yet with heavy rains and the right con­di­tions the lake comes dra­mat­i­cal­ly to life. When there’s water in the lake, water­birds descend in the thou­sands, includ­ing pel­i­cans, sil­ver gulls, red-necked avo­cets, band­ed stilts and gull-billed terns. It becomes a breed­ing site, teem­ing with species that are tol­er­ant of salinity.

Away from the lake, the park fea­tures red sand dunes and mesas. They rise from salty clay­pans and stone-strewn tablelands.

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Maps on your mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins. 

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Mapa app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.