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artesian bore (spa)

Splash into this journey

what is the artesian bore or spa?

Feel the benefits of these therapeutic mineral waters as you soak your travel weary muscles in the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa.

Step on in and immerse yourself in the rejuvenating mineral waters of this artesian spa. These warm waters have been waiting to alleviate your weary muscles, and are believed to contain healing properties.

full length swimming pool

When you are ready to hop out, why not walk a few steps and do some laps in the cool water of the large swimming pool.

when to enjoy

This is a great place to enjoy, summer or winter at any time of day as shown by Grant, Belinda, Kyra & Diesel from Brisbane and Peter from Mackay. In summer you can think of it as having a sauna before splashing into the cold swimming pool for a brisk swim.

just want to swim or keep fit

If you enjoy swimming as part of keeping fit or want to enjoy the artesian spa in peace while the kids swim to their hearts content, this is the spot!

Cost: $3.80 per adult, $2 per child.

Standard hours: 3.30pm to 6.30pm

(subject to change)

Call office on 4652 5400 Monday to Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm. Hope you brought your swim suit!

prehistoric water

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of the largest artesian groundwater basins in the world. It underlies approximately one-fifth of Australia and extends beneath arid and semi-arid regions of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory, stretching from the Great Dividing Range to the Lake Eyre depression.

Europeans first discovered the groundwater of the GAB by mistake.

When drilling a previously hand dug well in New South Wales, the Wee Wattah Bore produced flowing water. Why? The water had been confined and pressurised within the Basin’s permeable sandstones. As these were covered by an impermeable layer, the water became pressurised. When the drill reached the sandstone, the pressure was released.

The water from the GAB continues to be of vital importance to outback regions of Queensland.

They often rely solely on this supply for domestic and farming requirements, irrigation, mining, and other essential industries.

These days the average groundwater flow rate is 1-5m per year. This means rainwater that fell two million years ago, might just reach you today. Now that’s what you call a prehistoric spa!


Standard hours are from 3.30pm to 6.30pm with a cost of $3.80 per adult and $2 per child. Please note this is subject to change.

Please call the office on

4652 5400 - Monday to Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm.

"As the drill bears down into the dry earth,the workers wait with bated breath; sweat beading their sun weathered cheeks.

They have toiled long and hard, hundreds of feet into the earth, and found nothing.

The drought has robbed them of their crops and livestock,their families are hungry, and the entire district thirsts for rain.

But today all that will change…. Finally, they hear a rumble from deep in the earth.

In an instant, a powerful jet of hot water blasts over their heads, saturating the dust beneath their feet.

The group let out a mighty cry, clapping and stamping their feet.

This is 1897 and a new era in Ilfracombe has begun".