One BIG hot tub!
Purnie Bore Travel Blog› entry 13 of 24 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.