Lake Gairdner

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Lake Gairdner
Lake Gairdner.jpg
Extreme southern reaches of Lake Gairdner
Lake Gairdner is located in South Australia
Lake Gairdner
Lake Gairdner
Location in South Australia
Location Central South Australia
Coordinates 31°34′S 136°00′E / 31.567°S 136.000°E / -31.567; 136.000Coordinates: 31°34′S 136°00′E / 31.567°S 136.000°E / -31.567; 136.000
Type Endorheic, salt lake
Basin countries Australia
Designation Lake Gairdner National Park
Max. length 160 km (99 mi)
Max. width 48 km (30 mi)

Lake Gairdner is a large endorheic salt lake in the Australian state of South Australia, to the north of the Eyre Peninsula. When in flood, the lake is considered the third largest salt lake in Australia.[1]


The lake is over 160 km (99 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) across with salt over 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in) thick in some places. It is located west of Lake Torrens, 150 kilometres (93 mi) northwest of Port Augusta and 440 kilometres (270 mi) northwest of Adelaide. It is located in the foothills on the northern side of the Gawler Ranges.

Lake Gairdner was named by the Governor of South Australia, Richard MacDonnell in October 1857 after Gordon Gairdner, a Chief Clerk of the Australian Department in the Colonial Office.

Together with Lake Everard and Harris and surround the area is part of Lake Gairdner National Park. The lakes were all once part of an inland sea that stretched all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria.[2]

Six ephemeral creeks feed the lake including Garden Well Creek, Gorge Creek and Yeltabinna Creek.[3]

Salt Lake Racing[edit]

Speed Week 2009

It has been a site for various land speed record attempts on its salt flats and is currently the location for the annual Speed Week event run by the Dry Lakes Racers Australia.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Largest Waterbodies". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lake Gairdenr National Park". Explore Australia. 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Amend, Rita (2015). "Lake Gairdner - Gawler Ranges". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "It all starts with Speed Week". Dry Lake Racers Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Robertson, Kimberley (15 March 2010). "Tourism operator says the road to Lake Gairdner is shocking". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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