As you travel the Oodnadatta Track, you pass through
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park. Visitors to the park will experience the
'The Bubbler' in
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park and part of the Lake Eyre Supergroup, has
the highest discharge of any individual spring in the Lake Eyre Supergroup. The
spring is called 'The Bubbler' because it has been known to 'erupt' every so
often. Previously it was reputed to rise 3-4 feet into the air, before current
extractions rates of water.
Whilst some springs lie at ground level, many
springs have the distinctive mound shape and are known as 'mound springs'. Mound springs are formed by the
mineralised material coming to the surface with the ancient artesian water. The
height of the mounds vary, depending on a number of factors such as water
discharge rate and concentration of minerals. In Wabma
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park, the mound springs vary in size and
height, with Blanche Cup being about 5 metres high and a width of some 25
There is an Aboriginal dreaming story that tells of an
ancestral snake caught and killed at The Bubbler. The bubbling, writhing water
tells of this dying.
The Oodnadatta Track crosses the traditional lands of three Aboriginal groups.
The track follows the path of ancient Aboriginal trade routes, where traders
travelled from one spring to another, carrying materials from the Flinders
Ranges deep into central Australia and back. It is a path that was well
travelled, with the knowledge of these springs passed down through many
generations of Aboriginal people, since ancient times. The knowledge of these
springs are deeply engrained in Aboriginal culture, remembered through
ceremonies and dreamtime stories, that ensured their survival down through the
More information about
the Oodnadatta Track,
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park
and the many locations along the route.