Purnie Bore - SA

  Water Body,River,Stream,Falls


DEG: -26.28502711 136.09820366
DMS: 26º 17' 6.1" S 136º 05' 53.54" E
UTM: 53 J 7092285mN 609643mE
Altitude: 89.78m


Place Type

Geography - Water Body,River,Stream,Falls


987.69kms North of Adelaide

Address & Contact

Witura National Park
South Australia
Phone: N/A
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Purnie Bore was sunk by teams during the oil exploration years of the Simpson Desert. As the years went by, flow from the bore allowed a substantial amount of hot water to reach the surface and various colourful minerals to precipitate out of solution. These formed deposits still visible today.
Purnie Bore is not a natural watering hole, however a borehead here allows some water to be released from the artesian basin to sustain the wildlife that has come to rely on this area being an "unnatural watercourse" for many years whilst the borehead was allowed to overflow, creating a large lake. Friends of the Simpson Desert have created a bird hide from which to observe wildlife here and it's a popular camp site with good facilities.

Heading east from the bore, the first 40 km to Wonga Junction is clay capped. Here the Rig road veers SE and has clay capping. The French Line heads slightly north of due east and is unimproved sand.

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Closest Weather Station

Oodnadatta at 20/09:00pm CST
Distance from Purnie Bore 155.26km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Oodnadatta Airport
Distance from Purnie Bore 155.26km SW
Mean Max. °C37.936.633.728.523.219.919.622.126.630.333.736.3
Mean Min. °C23.022.319.
Mean Rain mm22.932.214.310.912.711.710.08.19.913.913.017.1

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