Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin

Find more on the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum

Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin covers almost one-sixth of Australia. It is one of the world's largest internally-draining river systems.

The conservation significance of the Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin is high. It supports:

  • wetlands
  • grasslands and deserts
  • rare and endangered plants and animals.

About 60,000 people live and work in the Basin.

About the Basin

Within the Basin lies Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. The areas has natural, social and economic significance.

Health of the Lake Eyre Basin

Basin health affects a large part of Australia. We regularly assess and evaluate its health.

Intergovernmental Agreement

Basin state and territory governments help to manage water and related natural resources in the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement Area. They develop and implement policies to follow.


Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin extends across:

  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • western New South Wales.

Map of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin PDF

If you need more information, contact lebsecretariat@awe.gov.au

Last reviewed: 24 December 2020
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