Artesian spa towns in NSW and Qld

The Great Artesian Basin is an important source of water for outback Australia. It’s also a great source of relaxation for travellers! There’s nothing like a therapeutic soak in warm artesian waters rich in minerals to soothe a traveller’s tired and achy bones.

There are artesian natural springs or bore baths at a string of towns across NSW and Queensland.

Moree NSW, and Bedourie, Blackall and Mitchell in Qld all have artesian aquatic complexes. Moree and Mitchell each have at least two artesian pools as well as swimming centres. Blackall has a heated pool and artesian spa. Bedourie’s free artesian springs complex has a hot 40C artesian spa and a cool swimming pool.

The bore baths at Burren Junction, Piliga and Lightning Ridge NSW are free and always open. The waters at Burren Junction are a toasty 41.5C, Lightning Ridge 40C and Piliga a little cooler at 37.5C. The bore baths at Walgett NSW are also free, but check opening times.

Charlotte Plains Farmstay near Cunnamulla Qld has an open air pool for guests at an artesian bore. The warm, milky grey mud baths at nearby Eulo are pure decadence.



According to anecdotal evidence, the therapeutic properties of artesian waters are many. A soak in an artesian spa is said to benefit muscles, skin and natural immunity as well as aid the cardio-vascular, lymphatic and nervous systems. That’s quite a wrap! Whether it’s true is debatable but there’s no doubt the waters are relaxing.

So if you’re looking for a really relaxing trip through NSW and Queensland, maybe an artesian spa crawl is the answer.

For more info about these towns, head to the TruBlu Travelling website here,!/home or download the new TruBlu app here!/page/app. You’ll find info about where to stay and eat, as well as what to see and do in each town. There’s also info relating to traveller services such as servo and rest area locations.