Map of the Lake Eyre Basin
Lake Eyre Basin map - PDF (535 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. The Lake Eyre Basin includes large parts of South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and some of western New South Wales. Lake Eyre is the fifth largest terminal lake in the world.
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
Lake Eyre Basin Agreement
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 is being reviewed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Agreement and its implementation.
The Lake Eyre Basin Agreement web site contains more information on the Lake Eyre Basin and relevant state and regional processes:
- Bureau of Meteorology - water information
- Coasts and oceans
- Lake Eyre Basin Agreement
- Living Murray Initiative
- Meteorological information for primary industry and natural resources management
- National Centre for Tropical Wetland Research
- National Framework for Improved Groundwater Management in Australia
- National Principles for the Provision of Water for Ecosystems
- Water for a Healthy Country Flagship