Lake Eyre from Sydney

by Veronica

Broken Hill

Broken Hill

Hello Rita,

We are a small group of older lady travellers wanting to drive from Sydney to Lake Eyre in June this year.
We would appreciate any advise on the best route to take, accommodation and a sightseeing plane trip over the Lake. We plan to travel in an "all wheel drive".

Rita's Reply

Hi Veronica,

From Sydney to the Lake Eyre area you can take several routes, depending on what you want to see along the way.

You can go one way via Dubbo and Broken Hill into SA, and on the way back via Mildura and Hay.

Depending on your time, you could go through the Flinders Ranges, or just take the Hawker to Leigh Creek road.

Scenic flights over Lake Eyre are available from Lyndhurst, Marree and William Creek.

For accommodation along your way you can use the search tool on this page to check the towns wherever you want to stop.

There are hotels in Marree and William Creek, along with cabin accommodation on the caravan parks.

Here is a bit more information for accommodation on the Oodnadatta Track.

Have a good time, ladies.


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Dec 21, 2016
Lake Eyre
by: Rita

Hi Romi,

Broken Hill and Silverton are definitely possible with a Golf. However, you won't get through to the shores of Lake Eyre with this car.
I wouldn't even recommend to go on the Oodnadatta Track with a Golf.

Have a safe trip,

Dec 05, 2016
Sydney to Adelaide via Lake Eyre
by: Romi

Hi there!

My partner and I are planning a road trip in our VW Golf, from Sydney to Adelaide in late January 2017. Lake Eyre and Broken Hill are the two places we are most keen to see, but would love any suggestions you might have, also whether you think our car will be suitable?

Thanks in advance!

Mar 16, 2016
Rain in the area
by: Rita

Hi Leanne,

Right now, most roads are closed in the Oodnadatta Track region due to rain. The section from Marree to William Crees is open for 4WD, but you won't get anywhere from there.
So it is impossible to make any predictions for next month.

Generally, only small off-road caravans are recommended for the Oodnadatta Track, and none for the rough tracks to the shores of Lake Eyre.
Click the Lake Eyre link above for more information about the access routes to the shores of the lake.

A flight over the lake is always the best way to appreciate its size and the beauty of this Outback landscape. As the area had some rain and creeks are flowing, you'll probably see some bird life.

But before you go, check the weather reports and road conditions, so you won't get stuck there.

Safe travels, Rita

Mar 14, 2016
Sydney to Lake Ayre
by: Leanne

Hi Rita, my husband and myself are planning a trip to Lake Ayre next month with our caravan. Are the roads ok for a van and do you recommend the flight over Lake Ayre from William Creek. Regards Leanne

Aug 01, 2014
No dogs in most national parks
by: Rita

Hi Gai,

In most national parks in Australia (including Lake Eyre NP and Uluru) dogs are NOT allowed.

Obviously, you can take dogs to the Ayers Rock Resort campground, which is outside of the national park. Perhaps you'll find other dog owners to "exchange" dog-sitting while you're off to explore the park.

At Lake Eyre National Park are only very limited provisions, there are only 2 routes where you can access the shores at all.
Be aware that you need to be well prepared when travelling out to the lake, it is a rough and remote area.
Get more info about Lake Eyre


Jul 21, 2014
Taking dogs to Lake Eyre/Uluru
by: Gai

Hi. I just came across this blog while researching a road trip from Sydney to Uluru or Lake Eyre. I'm wondering if it is OK to take dogs to Lake Eyre or Uluru? We are planning to do a road trip with our dog who is very comfortable with car travel and sleeping in the car. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 15, 2011
by: Rita

Hi Veronica,

Thanks for the kind words, I am glad you find helpful information on my site.

Taking a satellite phone with you is not essential when you stay on the main routes. I am pretty sure this year's travelling season will be fairly busy because of the water in Lake Eyre. So it would certainly take only a few hours (or less) until another car passes by, just in case you have troubles with your vehicle.

However, for our own peace of mind, we always take a satphone with us, especially since my husband has some health conditions. It is good to know you can get in contact with someone quickly when a medical emergency occurs.


May 14, 2011
Sydney to Lake Eyre
by: Veronica

Hello Rita
Thank you for your informative response. The travel arrangements are coming together and your advise has been very useful.
We are now venturing onto Cooper Pedy via Williams Creek from Marree, providing road conditions allow. Do you think it would be wise to take a satellite phone with us? We leave late May.
Love exploring your site. It provides a wealth of information.
kind regards

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