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Oodnadatta Track ~ Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park ~ Images of Australia
As you travel the Oodnadatta Track, you pass through Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park. Visitors to the park will experience the mound springs.

'The Bubbler' in the Wabma 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 metres.

Aboriginal Dreamtime
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 ages.

More information about the Oodnadatta Track, Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park and the many locations along the route.

Oodnadatta Track - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park - Snapshots from South Australia

The Bubbler, thermal artesian water bubbling up through the springs - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park
The Bubbler, thermal artesian water bubbling up through the springs - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.
Mound Spring in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park
Mound Spring in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.
 
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Source:
1 Government of South Australia - SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management: Publications & Resources - Tourism brochures: The Oodnadatta Track - String of Springs (PDF)
 
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