Lake Eyre in the Australian outback has filled up for only the third time in the past 150 years after extensive summer floods.

 This summer’s floods and tropical storms have had a positive impact on Australia’s southern outback, as Lake Eyre has been filled for only the third time in 150 years.

The normally dormant dry salt lake is the lowest point in Australia at 15 metres below sea level, and this year’s rain has created a bird-watcher’s paradise, South Australia Tourism reports.

Visitors on flights to Australia will find a surprisingly verdant outback this autumn, with red-necked avocets, brown songlarks and red-backed kingfishers all spotted so far.

Beyond wildlife, South Australia also has a wealth of other wildlife to attract visitors, ranging from whales, sharks and dolphins off the coast, to kangaroos, koalas and emus in the countryside.

Key stop offs in the region include Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to the country’s only mainland platypus population, and Gluepot Reserve, one of only 12 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Australia.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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