Purni Bore camping area
This artificial bore on the threshold of the Simpson has created a wetland busy with birdlife. It’s situated at the start of the French Line, 70 km east of Dalhousie Springs and 363 km west of Birdsville. You need a Desert Parks Permit to camp here, and it is best to bring wood, water and preferably a gas/fuel stove.
Who to contact: Desert Parks Hotline (08) 8648 5328; How to book: For Dalhousie Springs camping area and 3 O'clock Creek camping area you can use the self-registration bay at Dalhousie. Purni camping area is covered by the Desert Parks Pass.
This campsite is located in Witjira National Park
Famed for its mound springs – the largest collection in the Great Artesian Basin – this is a true oasis in a vast expanse of outback dunes and gibber plain. This country has a rich living heritage for the Lower Southern Arrernte and Wangkangurru people. The 7688 sq km park hugs the NT border and includes the western flanks of the Simpson Desert. As well as taking a dip in the soothing warm waters of Dalhousie Springs, enjoy the fine bushwalking and birdwatching opportunities here.
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