Sunday, 6 July 2014

Oodnadatta Track: Part 2

The early explorers had problems locating water in the north of South Australia but as we travelled more or less north-west on the Oodnadatta Track we actually saw quite a bit of water. Quite a few creeks had waterholes and there were lakes and dams as well. We camped beside waterholes for each of the three nights we were on the track.

Avocets on a railway dam at Beresford.
Rail bridge over a waterhole

Pink-eared Ducks
Shadow at sunset of our campsite beside a waterhole
Yellow-billed Spoonbills and a Pelican
I was looking forward to seeing the Mound Springs since I first read about them years ago. Mineral-laden artesian water has bubbled to the surface for untold numbers of years and result is astonishing. The mounds are quite high and living lakes sit at the top. They are important also in Aboriginal stories. The first European found them in 1858 and subsequent settlers have proceeded to ruin many of the mounds so they are not active any more. But the ones we saw in Wabma Kadarbu Conservation Park are fully protected now and have wonderful car parking, access roads, board walks and information boards.

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