Witjira National Park features more than 120 mound springs. The park includes the National Heritage-listed Dalhousie Springs, used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as a source of food, shelter and medicine. You can swim in the main spring’s warm waters. The area is home to unique species of fish such as the Dalhousie hardyhead and other rare aquatic life found nowhere else in the world.
The attraction of the springs, combined with some delightful camping spots and quality visitor facilities, make Witjira one of the most popular parks in the outback.
If you're lucky enough to be visiting the park a few weeks after a soaking rain, you'll be rewarded with the ephemeral wildflowers bursting into bloom.
Dalhousie Springs are part of a chain of mound springs extending along the outer rim of the Great Artesian Basin. The artesian water rises up from a considerable depth through cracks and fissures in the subterranean strata. At the point of exit, the water, which originally entered the complex system in the Finke River area in the Northern Territory, is millions of years old. The water in the Dalhousie Main Spring is around 37 degrees, making it perfect for a relaxing soak. Access: 4WD only. Suitable for: tents and camper trailers. Facilities: long-drop toilets, cold showers. Unallocated camping: maximum 50 vehicles. Electricity: unpowered.
Generators are allowed but must be turned off between 10pm and 7am.
Oodnadatta, South Australia, 5734
Coordinates & Contact Details-26.4236268, 135.5027473708 8648 5328https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/flinders-ranges-outback/witjira-national-park
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