Paralana Hot Springs. Are they safe to swim in?

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:23
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Hello All,
Heading up to Arkaroola mid July and during my trip planning, I came upon Paralana Hot Springs.
I've heard some people say NOT to swim in them. Others say it's OK unless you're prego.

So what's the real answer? Bear in mind that my kids will strongly object to growing tails and third eyes!!!!

If the answer is no, then are there any SAFE hot springs to swim in around the Arkaroola area that you know of?

Cheers ......Fab.
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:48

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:48
All the asvice I've read including signs at the siute say NO. Usually now other water at Arkaroola. Some water in the southern flinders - Brachina, Aroona etc.

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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 07:02

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 07:02
I agree totally with Peter.

The water is contaminated, and also full of muck.

Better off ging for a drive to Terrapinna waterhole near Moolawatana and have a swim in the largest waterhole int he Flinders.
makes for a good days drive, you also pass by the Beverley Uranium mine site.

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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:49

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:49
All the advice I've read including signs at the siute say NO. Usually now other water at Arkaroola. Some water in the southern flinders - Brachina, Aroona etc.

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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:50

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 00:50
Oops. An error came up on the page when I submitted. Sorry.

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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:06

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:06
Fab,

Its strongly recommended to us when we went that you don't swim in the springs due to the level of radioactivity in them and the surrounding rocks. It was also advised that you don't go walking through the gorge they are situated in until late morning/afternoon so that the wind has had time to disperse the steam etc that has gathered overnight.

But this may have changed. I was there back in 2002.

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Sam.
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Reply By: AdlelaideGeorge - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:41

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:41
When I was there a couple of years ago there was no way you could 'swim' anyway - it was a rather muddy, stagnant affair - now.....some of the other pools at the Ark would be great to swim in if it were allowed. Even Chambers Gorge was fast flowing and great fun. I found the punctures in an air bed in one big pool there.
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Reply By: Rob Ackland - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:18

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:18
Fab the Paralana Hot Springs are not safe to swim in as they are radioactive. There are plenty of signs warning people off and the Arkaroola staff will firmly advise you of the risks as well. Apart from that the track out there is about the roughest section of road in the North Flinders so allow plenty of time to get out there and back.

Interestingly enough the springs were originally developed as a "health spa" to treat TB sufferers. But they were closed down once it was realised the "spa water" was in fact a health risk.

If you do go to the site then have a good look around and think about how far the place is from civilisation and the fact that people actually developed it such a long time ago. But do not play in the water or drink it

Enjoy Arkaroola and if you have the time take a good look around the Gammon Ranges themselves

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:37

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:37
Rob,

Sounds like the "treatment" would have certainly "treated" TB.

Oh boy, "Glow in the Dark". What a neat camp fire trick.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 08:06

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 08:06
In 1973 there were no signs warning of any radiation danger !

Mike
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Reply By: slave - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:53

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 09:53
Like others have said the springs are not swimable.

In Sept '05 it was a more like a shallow creek with lots of slime. Probably 12" deep at the deepest.

Don't let the kids 'accidently' step in it as the shoes and socks have to be thrown out ( ask my son how we know lol).

The only bubbling part we found was along to the left a short distance.

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Reply By: Barnesy - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 00:07

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 00:07
the springs are extremely beautiful to look at and experience and you can swim in them if you want to go home with an extra head and no sperm. they are heated by radioactive decay and are recommended only if you do want your future unborn children to have two heads and three arms.

if you hadnt noticed i am being fasciscious and under no cicumstances should you swim in them.
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