The water found in bore baths such as Lightning Ridge, Burren Junction and Walgett comes from the Great Artesian basin and is approximately two million years old!
Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore. The bores supplying these baths are only a few of hundreds being rehabilitated throughout the Great Artesian Basin conserving this precious natural resources for future generations.
The Burren Junction Bore Bath was first sunk in 1921. Water ran from the bore into a series of bore drains (ditches) which distributed the water around the district for various agricultural and domestic uses. In late 2006 the water from the bore was restricted and the bore drains closed in response to public pressure to conserve water and reduce the negative environmental impact of the bore drains on local soil quality. The water now runs into the pool from the bore and then out into the holding pond where it evaporates into the air. If the evaporation pond fills up the bore flow must be turned off until the water level goes down.
The artesian water flowing from the bore maintains a constant temperature of approx 41.5C and contains reputedly therapeutic qualities that relieve aching muscles.
The Burren Junction Bore Baths are located in a rural setting 100m off the Highway on sealed road. They are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week (may close seasonally) and are a popular meeting place for locals and visitors.
There are caravan and camping areas and camping is available for $5 per night. There is an amenities block with electricity, pool side showers and Wood BBQ facilities. Meals are available at the Junction City Hotel and it also has diesel fuel 3 kilometres away in Burren Junction. Retail shops for food and petrol in Wee Waa 50kms or Walgett 90kms away.