Monarch Mine Hike – Witjira National Park
|Start Point||Wurtupa Loop Track, Gammon Ranges SA 5732, Australia|
|End Point||Mount McTaggart Track, Wooltana SA 5732, Australia|
|Time||2.5 Hours – Walking|
Monarch Mine Hike (2 hrs 30 mins one way, 6.8km)
This hike takes you past an abandoned copper mine and over shale and magnesite hills.
Witjira National Park features more than 120 mound springs. The park includes the National Heritage-listed Dalhousie Springs, used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as a source of food, shelter and medicine. You can swim in the main spring’s warm waters. The area is home to unique species of fish such as the Dalhousie hardyhead and other rare aquatic life found nowhere else in the world.
The attraction of the springs, combined with some delightful camping spots and quality visitor facilities, make Witjira one of the most popular parks in the outback.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the park a few weeks after a soaking rain, you’ll be rewarded with the ephemeral wildflowers bursting into bloom.
More information can be found on the National Parks South Australia website
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