Witjira National Park

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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.

  • 3 O’clock Creek campground

    The bush camp­ing area at 3 O’Clock Creek offers shady camp­ing spots and water. This bore water is the last place to fill up on drink­ing water before you cross the desert. 

    Access: 4WD only.
    Suit­able for: tents, camper trail­ers and caravans.
    Facil­i­ties: water avail­able from the bore, pic­nic table.
    Camp­fires: not allowed.
    Unal­lo­cat­ed camp­ground: 20 vehi­cles maximum.
    Elec­tric­i­ty: unpowered.
  • Dalhousie Springs Campground

    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.