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Witjira National Park
776 900 hectares
This huge desert park begins 120 kilometres north of Oodnadatta and takes in gibber plains, salt pans, sand dunes, flat-topped hills, numerous mound springs and breakaway country. The mound springs, part of the Great Artesian Basin, bring life to the desert and create eases in a hostile
environment. Pastoralists and Aboriginal communities rely on them for sustenance as well do many desert animals and birds.
Dalhousie Springs is one of the best-known of the mound springs and the largest in Australia. Its tepid waters are suitable for swimming, although the fragile environment requires sensible behaviour - no detergents or soaps are allowed. In Witjira, vegetation consists of red mulga and gidgee trees around the dry riverbeds, while around the springs, melaleucas and in some cases palms grow.
Access into Witjira is via Oodnadatta or from Birdsville.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|