One BIG hot tub!

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Heading to Dalhousie Springs
This morning we filled up with fuel as it was the last fuel stop before the Simpson Desert, the next fuel stop was over 500kms away at Birdsville in Queensland!  Mt Dare fuel was the most expensive we had encountered so far, $2.20 a litre compared to the cities $1.50 a litre. But it's very remote and to truck the fuel in would cost a fortune.  So this was it, we were now on the road to the Simpson, we were still in Witjira NP for the next day or so and tonight's camp was going to be at Purnie Bore after which we would be entering the Simpson Desert NP.

I was looking forward to today as Glen and Gay had told us all about Dalhousie Springs and the wonderful lake sized hot tub that would be awaiting us! Dalhousie is formed from the Artesian Basin just like the spring mounds we encountered in the South.
Track to Dalhousie Springs
The water temperature is between 38C and 42C and we were looking forward to a nice warm swim. So we moved on and were at Dalhousie before lunch.  The area around the Springs looked like a salt flat, there was plenty of foliage around the springs which was teaming with bird life particularly cockatoos. The campground here was well set-up with showers and toilets and bore water for washing.  No time to waste, we were in the water and it was wonderful! We swam over to some trees that must have had about 200 cockatoos which didn't seem to mind our presence.  This place was heaven, not only do you get a spa but you receive personal grooming from tiny wrasse fish that seem to like picking at human skin! It didn't hurt, it just tickled, if you stayed still long enough you would have about 50 of them pecking away at your ankles and feet! They were cute and I have no idea how they survive in such warm temperatures.
Dalhousie Springs


After a while you do feel lethargic and have to get out. Gay and I were going to have a shower but they were cold showers and even though the sun was warm  the wind still had that winter chill so we gave it a miss! Next stop was Dalhousie ruins, a remainder of an old cattle station 12kms south of the springs, here we would stop for lunch. On reaching the ruins, we met a group of Victorian's whose cars were so caked in mud it was hard to tell what the original colour of their cars were! They had got stuck on the Oodnadatta track with the rains so hence the muddy cars.  Having lunch was a bit of a challenge because we were now well and truly in fly country! so we sat in the car and ate it.  We pottered around the ruins and I tried my hand at some artistic photography with some old fencing.
Cockatoos at Dalhousie Springs
  After spending some time at Dalhousie, we moved on to Purnie Bore about 70kms east of the springs.

Purnie Bore was drilled by the French Petroleum Company in its exploration for oil in 1963.  When only water was discovered it was left flowing at 18 litres per second (1.5 million litres per day).  The water temperature is near boiling as it leaves the bore head and cools as it flows to create an artificial wetland. In 1987 the Bore was capped to control the flow, reducing it considerably to approximately 5 litres per second, (432,000 litres per Day) for environmental reasons.  This still maintains the wetland that many animals and birds are reliant on.  The camp site itself is on the shores of the wetlands and we found a nice spot after removing a pile of cow bones which I tossed as far away from our spot as possible, Glen and Vaughan thought it amusing that I was doing this!  You can't swim at the bore  but there is a rugged shack housing a nice hot shower which is pumped up from the bore.

Taking a dip in 38C lake! Dalhousie Springs
The shower was the last we would get for 3 days so we made the most of the endless hot water!  It was a nice sunset that night but I wasn't quick enough with the camera.


margmack says:
Artistic shots of the fences alright...lovely.The springs look so relaxing I want to go there now!!!!!
Posted on: Oct 24, 2008
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Heading to Dalhousie Springs
Heading to Dalhousie Springs
Track to Dalhousie Springs
Track to Dalhousie Springs
Dalhousie Springs
Dalhousie Springs
Cockatoos at Dalhousie Springs
Cockatoos at Dalhousie Springs
Taking a dip in 38C lake! Dalhousi…
Taking a dip in 38C lake! Dalhous…
Oasis at Dalhousie Ruins
Oasis at Dalhousie Ruins
Desert surrounding Dalhousie
Desert surrounding Dalhousie
Part of the old Dalhousie Homestead
Part of the old Dalhousie Homestead
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Homestead Ruins
Dalhousie Homestead Ruins
Dalhousie Homestead
Dalhousie Homestead
Glen and Gay in the palm Oasis at …
Glen and Gay in the palm Oasis at…
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Dalhousie Ruins
Purnie Bore
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