The flight starts over dune country. They don't look like much from up here but some are very high and run for hundreds of kilometers.
The we found the water. The flood water comes down from Queensland through what we call the channel country. It doesn’t flow neatly down a river bed but rather fans out all over the place giving the desert which might have had no rain at all a refreshing drink. It takes months to get down this far and is an amazing sight.
Below is an image of the punt where Cooper Creek crosses the Birdsville Track. This punt was put into operation in the 1960s and this is only the fourth time is has had to be used (showing how infrequent these big water events are). It is 20 years since the punt was last needed and it is expected to be in use for at least 6 months.