Dalhousie Springs, South Australia, Australia, photographs, travel.

© Bill & Peg Chartres

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DALHOUSIE SPRINGS

Dalhousie Homestead, was located 180k north east of Oodnadatta, it was established by Ned Bagot, who acquired the pastoral lease in 1872, and constructed the homestead, outbuildings and stockyards in the 1880’s.
In 1948 Dalhousie became part of the Mount Dare property and in 1984 the SA Government purchased Mount Dare from the Lowe family for $750,000, and created the Witjira National Park.


Dalhousie Springs are a group of mound springs on the edge of the Simpson Desert, at the largest of these there is a Camping Ground for those intending to cross the desert to Birdsville. This is the last chance for a swim and "clean-up" before the crossing.


"Dalhousie" was always one of our favourite stopovers on our trips through the area. The water temperature is about 38°c and on cool mornings steam raises from the water.
We first visited in 1987 soon after it was acquired by the government, and at that time there were no facilities.



Dalhousie Springs - 1988


Dalhousie Springs - 1988

Peg Chartres
Dalhousie Springs - 1988


Dalhousie Springs - Steamy Waters - July 1988

Dalhousie Springs - 1988


Steam raising from hot water
Dalhousie Springs - July 1988

Dalhousie Springs - Camp Site
July 1989


The Dalhousie Camp Grounds - 1988

Dalhousie Springs - Camp Site
July 1989

The track to Dalhousie Springs from Mt Dare- 1988

Above Dalhousie H.S.Ruins - July 1988

Above Dalhousie H.S.Ruins - July 1987
(This photo is from the same location as the previous one
showing the difference between a dry season and one with rain!)

Dingo near Dalhousie Springs - July 1987


Track Dalhousie Springs to Freeth Junction - July 1987

The track to Dalhousie Springs from Purnie Bore- 1988

Alternate track to Purnie Bore from Dalhousie Springs
(Main track closed due to rain - 1989)

Dalhousie Springs - July 1987

Dalhousie Springs - July 1987
(Back row L-R Peg, Graham & Jason Chartres)

"Bull Dust" on track from Dalhousie H.S. Ruins to Dalhousie Springs- July 1987
(Bull Dust is very fine dust like talcum powder)


Track to Federal Ruins from Dalhousie Camp Grounds - July 1987

Dalhousie Springs - Camp Site
July 1989

Dalhousie Stockyard Ruins - 1988

Dalhousie Homestead ruins - 1988

Dalhousie Stockyard Ruins - 1988

Dalhousie Springs - 1988

Dalhousie Springs - Running repairs - July 1988

Dalhousie Springs - 1988

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