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.
Peak Charles is one of the less advertised and visited national parks in the south west of WA, making it a gem for those seeking solitude in the Great Western Woodlands. Visible from more than 50km away, Peak Charles and its partner Peak Eleanora, slowly reveal their domineering presence in the landscape as you approach along the bumpy access track. The climb up the ancient granite rock to the top is well worth it, rewarding the effort with sweeping views of branching salt plains and a humbling reminder of how small we really are.
The goldfield region of outback Western Australia offers diverse landscapes ranging from salt lakes to banded iron formation ridges and sandstone and granite outcrops. The region is abundant with cultural heritage sites from both indigenous and European settlement origin. In spring the region is also carpeted with vibrant wildflowers and the pockets of native vegetation remaining are of high conservation value to the area. The best way to access this stunning part of the state is via a self drive trail. For more information on the goldfield trails or environment visit here.