Witjira National Park
Although extremely remote (straddling the Northern Territory border and adjacent to the Simpson Desert), Witjira is a popular desert park. It is most famous for Dalhousie Mound Springs, where artesian waters have formed thermal pools and a lush environment.
In the east of the park is Purnie Bore, an exploratory well drilled in 1963 then used as a water source, which has created an artificial wetland. In 1987 the flow of water from the bore was reduced to help maintain the output at Dalhousie Springs. Purnie Bore wetland, still impressive in size, attracts more than 60 species of birds. A bird hide is on the western edge.
There are excellent camping facilities at the springs and elsewhere in the park. In good conditions, the park can be reached by 2WD. Access from Adelaide is via Oodnadatta.
DEH Port Augusta: (08) 8648 5300
- Witjira National Park, Flinders Ranges and Outback, National park