Lake Eyre, the largest salt lake in Australia, is situated in the heart of the country 15m below sea level. Its vast salt plains have a footprint the size of a small country with a catchment area that covers three states. The lake has only filled to capacity three times during the last 150 years, but if you are lucky enough to see it during flood, you will witness the miracle of life’s colour flourish; tens of thousands of waterbirds amass across the country into a spontaneous pilgrimage to breed and feed on dessicated fish and frogs resurrected from the dry earth. The endless reflection on the water will also make you forget where the sky ends and the land begins.
Most of the time though, when the landscape is not miraculously transformed into a hubub of wildlife activity, the bleached, cracked plains echo silence. Many a blinded traveller has lost their way in this homogenous, white salt forest that appears to extend indefinitely in all directions. But from air, you can appreciate that there is still surprising colour and diversity; the drainage lines, like hypercolour tendrils, wind through the monochromatic landscape, all leading to the same destination, and the dark crisscrossing cattle trails provide a stark contrast.
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