At the end of a hard day fossicking and exploring, there is nothing quite as therapeutic as a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Allow the water to soothe your aches while you gaze at the starry night sky and enjoy the serenity.
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 and it maintains a constant temperature of 41.5 degrees. 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 Lightning Ridge open air Artesian Baths were opened in 1962. The Artesian Baths are free of charge and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week (Closed for cleaning Monday, Wednesday & Friday between 10am-12noon). The Bore baths are a popular meeting place for locals and visitors to bathe, relax and socialise.
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 water flows at 9 litres per second.
There is an amenities block with toilets and showers and poolside showers. The Lightning Ridge Bore Baths is 2.1km from the centre of town and is surrounded by bushland. Food and other retail outlets are within a short driving distance.
From Morilla Street, the main street into Lightning Ridge, turn right into Opal Street, then take the second left into Pandora Street and travel approximately two kilometres to the hot baths.