Lake Eyre  "a weekend in the outback"


Bourke, Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre, Warburton Groove, Goyder Lagoon and Birdsville
18-19 September 2011
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Day 1  Our weekend holiday commenced at the Brisbane Jet Base early.   Two hour flight to Bourke and the path took us over Cubbie Station (Cotton) and the Darling River into Bourke.   Had a little time to stretch our legs while they refuel our aircraft, a Fokker F50. Finals into Bourke over the  Darling River
Cubbie Station Cubbie Station Colleen, Bourke NSW Bourke Local
Bourke Bourke Bourke Found a family home named the same as ours "Rabbit's Warren"
Next part of the trip was westwards over the southern end of Lake Eyre South and then over the stunning Painted Hills.  Arrived at Coober Pedy for a look and overnighted at the Desert Cave Hotel.  Fokker F50 getting refuel at Bourke
Lake Eyre South Lake Eyre South Painted Hills Painted Hills
Painted Hills Painted Hills Painted Hills Digging near Coober Pedy
Digging near Coober Pedy Denis and Colleen - Desert Cave Hotel Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy Golf Course
Coober Pedy Golf Course Coober Pedy Golf Course Coober Pedy Golf Course Old Movie Set in Coober Pedy
Serbian Church, Coober Pedy Serbian Church, Coober Pedy Serbian Church, Coober Pedy Serbian Church, Coober Pedy
Serbian Church, Coober Pedy Sunrise Coober Pedy Sunrise Coober Pedy Sunrise Coober Pedy
Sunrise Coober Pedy Underground house airvents at Coober Pedy Sunrise and old equipment at Coober Pedy Underground at Coober Pedy
Yep - Hard doing travel blogs! Coober Pedy The Catacomb Church, Coober Pedy The Catacomb Church, Coober Pedy
Airvents for underground housing, Coober Pedy Airvents for underground housing, Coober Pedy Sunrise panorama view from a small hill in Coober Pedy
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Sunrise panorama view from a small hill in Coober Pedy
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Day 2   Rejoin the aircraft and continue on our trip over William Creek and Lake Eyre North.  The Lake was about 75% full but was dropping from a max of 85% for the year.    The flight took us over Warbuton Grove where the northern floorwaters enter Lake Eyre North, then followed Warberton Creek to Goyder Lagoon.  The views over the Lagoon are most stunning!    Also in this part of the trip the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert were observed.  Leaving Coober Pedy
Lake Eyre North Lake Eyre North Lake Eyre North Lake Eyre North
Warburton Creek Warburton Creek Warburton Creek Warburton Creek
Goyder Lagoon Goyder Lagoon Goyder Lagoon Goyder Lagoon
Landed at Birdsville for lunch at the historic Birdsville Hotel.  Also spend time at the Working Museum, its second last day before closing, as the owner (John) was moving because of health reasons.  From Birdsville we return to Brisbane after a very enjoyable two day in the outback. Trip Group photo at Birdsville
Colleen front of the Birdsville Pub Denis front of the Birdsville Pub Birdsville Pub Denis and Colleen having a beer at the Birdsville Pub
Sign in the Birdsville Pub Denis at the Birdsville Bakery Complaint system at the Birdsville Bakery  Birdsville Pub
Working Museum, Birdsville Working Museum, Birdsville Working Museum, Birdsville Working Museum, Birdsville
Working Museum, Birdsville Working Museum, Birdsville John the owner/showman, Working Museum, Birdsville In two days we travelled 4200km by air.  Great trip and a once in a life time opportunity to see Lake Eyre with water.  It was about 75% full! 

 Thanks Australian Air Holidays for a great weekend!

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