Cooper Creek Crossing South Australia28.5S 137.9E
In the upper part of this image, the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers join to form the multi-channelled Cooper Creek. After their confluence, Cooper Creek spreads out into a vast area of meandering ephemeral channels, hence the nickname “Channel Country” given to this region.
The river then makes its way roughly south into the far south-west corner of Queensland before turning due west into South Australia towards Lake Eyre. In most years, it is absorbed into the earth, goes to fill channels and the many permanent waterholes, or simply evaporates without reaching Lake Eyre.
In very wet years, however, such as this one, it manages to flood the entire Channel Country and reaches the lake. Earlier this year, Lake Eyre was filled by rainwater from flooding further north and became a large lake and habitat for animals.