Map of the Lake Eyre Basin
Lake Eyre Basin map - PDF (747 KB)
Lake Eyre Basin is one of the world's largest internally draining system covering about 1.2 million square kilometres, almost one-sixth of Australia. Lake Eyre itself is the fifth largest terminal lake in the world.
The Lake Eyre Basin includes large parts of South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and some of western New South Wales.
The Lake Eyre Basin is an area of high conservation significance that supports:
- wetlands, e.g. the Ramsar listed Coongie Lakes
- grasslands and deserts, e.g. Simpson Desert National Park
- rare and endangered plants, e.g. Kowari and Waddi Waddi trees (Acacia peuce)
- rare and endangered animals, e.g. greater bilby
Government action in Lake Eyre Basin
The Australian Government is working with the Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory governments and the Lake Eyre Basin community to implement the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement. The Agreement provides for the sustainable management of the water and related natural resources associated with the cross-border river systems in the Lake Eyre Basin.
The Lake Eyre Basin Agreement web site contains more information on the Lake Eyre Basin, progress in implementing the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement and relevant publications and reports:
For up-to-date information about the Water for the Future initiative.