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Tourists flock to greened-up SA outback

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The South Australian desert has been transformed into a lush oasis after flooding rains around Lake Eyre.

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Marree Hotel manager Rebecca Turner says she’s waiting for the wildflowers to bloom after months of wet weather.

“It doesn’t reflect what the desert actually looks like, it’s too green,” she told AAP today.

“Parts of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks are looking absolutely stunning.”

An aerial photo of the South Australian desert around Lake Eyre. Photo: AAP

An aerial photo of the South Australian desert around Lake Eyre. Photo: AAP

Turner said the region was the greenest it had been in five years largely because Lake Eyre had received far more direct rain, as opposed to flows from north-west Queensland.

There have been so many tourists in the region, despite some road closures, that Turner has had to knock back guests.

“It looks like there’ll be some very happy cows around the place too with lots of feed and with a bit of luck we’ll have wild flowers bloom,” she says.

More than 150 tourists were stranded in towns like Marree and William Creek last week because of thunderstorms following the Finke Desert Race.

-AAP

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