Back across the Simmo

Picture this, after a refreshing night sleep, you wake to a brisk cool morning. You don the swimmers, take a brisk walk to the hot springs before breakfast. You dip into the warm waters with steam rising above the surface and little welcome swallows darting about just above the water looking for their breaky. You are soaking in the warm waters and watch the sunrise over the horizon and you have the whole area to yourself. Well until other people eventually make their way down. That is what we did, it was wonderfully nice, warm and relaxing.

Our view on the Dalhousie Springs camping area hasn’t changed. The area seems to be in an exposed area, so it gets the wind, which whips up the dust.

After breaky, pack up, morning tea and a last dip we headed off.

There is a warning sign at Dalhousie about the road to Purnie Bore how bad it is. It hasn’t got any better in the last few days.

We had lunch at Purnie Bore and then went for a walk checking out the Bore, shower etc, the shower was huge, could fit 10 people in there.

The day area is very dusty, we assume some people would camp in that area but we think the main camping area is around the corner near some trees which is better. There is also an overflow area.

We have come across several people with no sand flags and one guy with no CB as well. The flags really do make a difference as to how visible people are.

Oasis in the desert

It was a very quiet night apart from the dingoes howling. Yummy pancakes for breakfast while we discussed our plans for the next few days.

First up was secure the tent as we had some serious soaking to do. A soak in the hot spring before we had morning tea.

Then we did a walk around the camping area, some great spots but all very dusty. During the day the wind came up and several willy willies formed with dust being lifted and spread about.

The grader has been grading the roads in and out which is making the roads smoother but more dusty. We have more dust on the Ute and inside it than the whole time on the desert. It confirmed our decision to stay at 3 O’Clock Creek was the right one.

Checked out the info station which had some info boards and then went for a walk around the springs.

Then back in for another soak before lunch.

After lunch we went and checked out the Dalhousie Ruins. We love coming out to these remotes areas but we can all complain about the dust, flies how drying it is on our skin etc but when you see the outback ruins you are reminded how lucky we are to have vehicles with air conditioning to explore the country.

Then it was back to the springs for another soak, we found floating on your back with the aid on the noodle to be very relaxing, ahhh.

Then it was back to camp, we had a few things to do before racing back to the ruins for some sunset shots.

All up we had a very busy day.

SA – Dalhousie Springs Campground

Dalhousie Springs Campground – T, B, OR, $, S – cold. The campsite at Dalhousie Springs is a large very dusty area. There are different size bays suitable for single, a couple of campers or groups. Many of the sites have fire pits but you must bring your own wood in. There is a toilet block with toilets and cold showers. There is also parking for day visitors, short walk to the hot springs. You need a Desert Park permit for this area. Rating – 4

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