Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) - Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary
This morning we head out to the Marree Aerodrome to board our scenic flight over the Lake. Our morning flight path takes us over Lake Eyre South before crossing over Lake Eyre North, the larger of the 2 lakes. Fly over Belt Bay and follow the Warburton Groove up the middle of the lake and into the Warburton Creek system. From here we follow the creek to Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, landing late morning.
Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1.7 million acre property owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. This vast desert wilderness stretches from the northern shores of Lake Eyre to the southern boundary of the Simpson Desert and provides a haven for several endangered species like the Dusky Hopping Mouse, Mulgara and Ampurta. It also contains a range of habitat types not represented in any national parks.
After landing we head to the banks of the Warburton Creek for a guided tour. Learn about the transformation of this station from cattle country to wildlife haven from one of the sanctuary managers. After an insight into the conservation programs being implemented on Kalamurina we depart by coach, travelling down the Birdsville track and across Cooper’s Creek before arriving back into Marree late this afternoon. (B, L, D)
NOTE: Today the tour splits into 2 groups. Group 1 take the morning flights as per the itinerary above, while Group 2 travels north to Kalamurina by coach along the Birdsville Track. Group 2 passengers then return to Marree via scenic flights over Lake Eyre.