Grey nomads to flock to rain-transformed Outback

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Water welcome! BOM chart shows rainfall in the past month.

The rain that has drenched parts of drought-stricken Queensland over recent days and weeks should make for a spectacular travel experience for caravanners and motorhomers.

With a number of rivers flooding and water makings its way into the north west of New South Wales, it is thought that Lake Eyre may even eventually fill for the second year running.

Longreach grazier and tourism operator Dan Walker told the Australian newspaper that the rainfall had lifted spirits in the ­region.

“We’ve got smiles on the dials and are optimistic again,” he said. “It would also be nice to see the water making it to Lake Eyre two years in a row.”

He said grey nomads should ‘get on the road’ and see the transformation of the Outback now the rains had finally come.

The Australian reports that while Lake Eyre is mostly dry with pools of water from local rain, the flooding in all rivers in the Queensland catchment area may start trickling into the lake later this month.

Bedourie, Birdsville, Eulo and Hungerford have had more than 100mm of rain over the past week, while Thargomindah received more than 200mm. There are major flood warnings for the Bulloo, Georgina, Paroo, the Balonne downstream from Dirranbandi and Eyre Creek. Many of the watercourses now flooded are in the Lake Eyre Basin.

At Thargomindah in south-west Queensland the heavy rains brought by ex-cyclone Esther caused significant flooding, with essential supplies having to be trucked, ferried, and flown in.

The region’s Mayor, known locally as John ‘Tractor’ Ferguson, told the ABC that the water had brought plenty of flies and mosquitos … but spirits were exceptionally high.

“When the river runs, we say it’s like an old friend coming home,” he said. “We love it, we love the flood!”

Despite the recent rain, more than 67% of Queensland remains drought-declared. More than 34% of land in New South Wales is considered to be in drought, with about 9% in intense drought.

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2 Responses to Grey nomads to flock to rain-transformed Outback

  1. Is the Darling river flowing again?

  2. Is there environmental water being diverted for corporate dams.? Why would this be allowed when it is the reason for the exacerbated desperate conditions of a changing climate. Nature must come first ,.. not money…or haven’t we learnt yet ?

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