Availability of water in South Eastern Australia
) isn’t an issue. Once you get to more isolated places
it can be harder to source.
Obviously caravan parks are one place to fill up, but if you spend a few nights away from them you can often fill up at service stations, sports grounds, show grounds and around public toilets or other public amenities.
A vandal proof tap handle (a brass key that turns on taps with no handle) can be purchased from plumbing shops. Caution needed when using these.
A lot of visitor centres in the north (WA mainly) offer water for free or a small fee.
Be very mindful of filling up in towns with water restrictions. Make sure you ask to avoid aggravating the locals. Some places
like Halls Creek
charge 20c a litre to fill up.
Remote areas of Australia
utilise borewater. Water quality from the Great Artesian basin is generally good. Bores are generally quite deep (averaging 500 metres) and extensive equipment is usually required to draw up water from these bores. The windmill is Australia
's most well-known outback icon, used to pump water up from an aquifer on station properties but miners and surveyors also access the GAB. After drilling a bore
, work crews will usually cap the bore
pipe at ground level, leaving it accessible for future users, however rarely will they leave their expensive diesel-driven pumps. In some remote areas, a hand-pump might have been fitted which provides access to the water for all future users. If you come across these bores, you are generally fine to use them, but treat them with respect. Of course, you should always exercise caution when using unknown water supplies to avoid ingesting harmful water-borne diseases.