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Issue: 3 April 2009
Dear Member,

Welcome to the Easter edition of our electronic newsletter!

I have just finished editing the quarterly Desert Sky Newsletter, which will be mailed out in the next few days.
A copy can be viewed on our website.

Following up in our item last month about the Dry Lakes Racers Australia speed challenge on Lake Gairdner, there are some great pics of the cars (and a sunset over the Lake on last page) - click here

Also, Julie at the Cooper Creek Homestay has sent the latest "Cooper Creek Chronicle" - catch up with "whats happening in Innamincka" on the link at left.

One of the hot topics at the moment is Lake Eyre, and I have copied below some comments from our April Newsletter.

Jenny and I wish you a Happy and safe Easter with friends and family. 

Howard

  Lake Eyre
Coongie Lakes It is now just over a month since water began flowing into Lake Eyre from the Warburton River.

A couple of weeks ago the Weather Bureau advice stated that "water will continue to flow into Lake Eyre for several months".

This forecast has now been downgraded to "water will continue to flow into Lake Eyre during April".
There is talk it will only reach 30% capacity, and birdlife is confined to "islands" within the Lake.

As we do not want to take anyone on a tour with false
expectations (eg water lapping the shoreline), we are offering the opportunity for a plane flight over Lake Eyre on both our William Creek/Painted Desert and Birdsville/Innamincka trips.
 
If demand is such just for a plane flight over Lake Eyre,
we would arrange a 3 day trip in the first week in June.
The itinerary would be Adelaide to Copley, a day at Marree including plane flight, then return from Copley to Adelaide.
The sole purpose of the trip would be the plane flight to view the water in Lake Eyre.
 
If you are interested, please let us know.
 
Cooper Creek
Coongie Lakes 7 days departing 24 June 2009
$1625 pp


We have some seats still available on our 7 day Cooper Creek trip departing June 24th.
 
This trip travels along the entire
Strzelecki Track - ( from Lyndhurst
to Innamincka); explores the historic sites of Camp LXV -
(Burke & Wills Dig Tree); Burke's
marker and Will's marker, and the Innamincka area before heading to the Corner Country of Cameron Corner, Tibooburra and Milparinka.
 
Accommodation at Innamincka is at the delightful Cooper Creek Homestay, the Granites Motel in Tibooburra and Old Willyama Motor Inn Broken Hill.
 
An interesting trip that will return you  visually impacted  and educationally enriched.!
 
Coongie Lakes
  Personalised 4WD trip 21st May 2009
  $1995pp


Coongie LakesThe manager of the
S. Kidman owned Nappa Merrie Station, Peter Degoumios,
says floodwaters in
the Lower Thomson River and Cooper Creek have just reached his boundary near
Innamincka.
 


The water has travelled from above Longreach in Queensland's central west and he's expecting it to spread
out over a 15 to 20 km wide front as it crosses Nappa Merrie.
 
The Station was stocked in January, and it is expected the country will produce a good growth of clover.

The waterbird diversity at Coongie Lakes is high for an arid wetland. It is a significant feeding, resting and breeding site for an enormous number of birds that migrate to the area.
 
This personalised 4WD tour includes  Coongie Lakes, Cooper Creek and the Corner Country area. The return home from Broken Hill is via an early pastoral route through Harriedale, Loch Lilly Station, Oakvale and Quandong to Burra.
 
We have 2 seats available on this 7 day fully accommodated trip.
 
Sky Trek
Personalised 4WD trip 28th August 2009 $995pp

Willow Springs Station is a typical working sheep station, 21km north east of  Wilpena Pound.
It is home to one of Australia's most exhilarating 4wd Journeys - SKYTREK.
 
This 4WD experience takes you:
 
 through majestic tree lined   
  creeks
 groves of native pines and    
  black oak
 bluebush plains
 rugged mountain valleys
 ascending a mountain range
 culminating in reaching the 
  highest vehicle access point 
  in the Flinders Ranges-
  Mt Caernarvon (921 metres
  above sea level)
 
The "eagles view" of the surrounding Flinders Landscape is a breathtaking and truly unforgettable experience.
 
Our 4 day Personalised Flinders Ranges tour includes a full day exploring Sky Trek.
 
We have 2 seats available on this trip departing August 28th.
We are looking forward to our Outback season - thank you for your continued interest !
 
Regards


Howard Humby
Desert Sky Tours
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