Arkaroola Hot springs South Australia

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 07:33
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Can anyone tell me if you are allowed to soak / swim the these springs. Some web sites say Yes and other say No?

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:10

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:10
You mean the paralana hot springs?
They say no but nobody will notice if you decide to but you would be stupid if you did. You will get a very unhealthy dose of radiation as the pool is heated by radioactive decay of uranium.

They don't want you swimming in any of the waterholes inside the Arkaroola boundaries.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:18

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:18
I'm not sure whether we are talking about the same pool, There may be others I didn't see. The thermally heated one I visted in Arkaroola area was shallow and full of gunk that didn't make the idea of soaking in it al all attractive.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:52

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 08:52
I think it is the same one.

In the early 20th century radiation was thought to be beneficial so many people came from Adelaide to take the cure.

They must have glowed in the dark when they went home.

This is the area near where they are already pumping water down to extract uranium, and a major new mine is planned.

Regards Philip A

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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 10:03

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 10:03
There was a company formed in 1926 to promote bathing in the Paralana Hot Springs and they built some accommodation there.

The brochure they produced read,

A wonderful radio-active thermal mineral spring possessing remarkable curative properties.

There were a few favourable reports of the treatment for arthritis apparently, but nothing is mentioned about the lifespan of those that bathed in the springs.

The venture closed in 1927.

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Reply By: Member - Carl- Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 13:40

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 13:40
Rodger that.

Not wanting to Glow in the dark... the answer is NO. thanks
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 23:10

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 23:10
Carl
If your talking about Paralana Hot Springs they were like Mfewster said when I was there 8 yrs ago. The drive out there is worth it though as it has good scenery

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Follow Up By: Member - Sigmund (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 05:29

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 05:29
Was there in Sept.

As posted, you wouldn't want to soak in them even if there was no radiation.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 08:53

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 08:53
We just took photos last year ;)








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