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Strzelecki
Lake eyre basin map.png
A map of the Lake Eyre Basin showing the location of Strzelecki Creek
Country Australia
State South Australia
Region Far North
Municipality unincorporated area
Physical characteristics
Main source Cooper Creek
south of Innamincka
52 m (171 ft)
River mouth Lake Blanche
west of Montecollina
1 m (3 ft 3 in)
Length 200 km (120 mi)
Basin features
River system Lake Eyre Basin
protected areas Strzelecki Regional Reserve

The Strzelecki Creek, part of the Lake Eyre basin, is an ephemeral watercourse located in the Australian state of South Australia.

Course and features

The Strzelecki is a distributary of Cooper Creek and branches off near the town of Innamincka and flows in a southerly direction thought the Strzelecki Desert for about 200 kilometres (120 mi) towards Lake Blanche. While being feed by the Cooper Creek, it does have its own catchment and can flow independently after ‘heavy localised storms.’ Flows on ‘exceptional’ occasions can reach Lakes Blanche, Callabonna, Frome and Gregory. Its watercourse is lined by trees, bordered by “large parallel sand ridges” and includes “a series of waterholes.”

Parts of the creek system are within the protected area known as the Strzelecki Regional Reserve. The creek system is also within the boundaries of the non-statutory Strzelecki Desert Lakes Important Bird Area . The former pastoral lease property Tinga Tingana straddled the creek which also passes through Blanchewater Station.

Etymology

It was named by the British explorer, Charles Sturt in 18 August 1845 after Paul Edmund de Strzelecki, the Polish scientist and explorer. Explorer Augustus Charles Gregory and his party found that following Strzelecki Creek proved to be the best way to travel through the interior from the Pacific to the Southern Ocean.

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