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Tourists to Australia flock to water wonderland

Day by day more water is appearing in the dry salt pan of Lake Eyre, South Australia, as the normally dry, arid landscape is transformed after heavy rains earlier this year in Queensland.
17 June 2009
Creeks and rivers through the centre of Australia have been flowing strongly some hundreds of kilometres for four months all the way from Queensland to the lake, greening pastures and triggering bird breeding along the way.

Now the water is reaching Lake Eyre.

The rare sight of a water-filled Lake Eyre, the last a decade ago, with prolific aquatic and bird life preparing to breed will not last long. Tourism operators in the region have been inundated with an influx of tourists, sightseers and researchers.

Predictions of how long the event will last are difficult, because of the rate of evaporation and winds, but Lake Eyre is expected to be full until August.

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