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All this freezing cold Melbourne weather has got us thinking about warmer climates where hot Artesian water flows straight from the taps. So with that in mind here are our favourite Artesian Hot Bore Baths that we've visited.

clayton bore birdsville track

CLAYTON BORE, BIRDSVILLE TRACK, SA Clayton bore is a campsite on the Birdsville Track about 50km north of Marree, South Australia, on the Clayton Station property. It's basically just a big old tank that you can fill up from a tap and soak away to your hearts content with a drink or two if you're so inclined. This is on private land so you'll need to camp there if you want access, but at $10 per vehicle per night it won't break the bank. And it's a great spot with flushing toilets, a hot shower, and fires allowed.

lara wetlands artesian bore

LARA WETLANDS, NEAR BARCALDINE, QLD Lara Wetlands is an absolutely fantastic campsite south of Barcaldine, Queensland, and is well worth a visit for it's many attractions, of which the hot springs is only one. This spot on a private Station has a beautiful wetlands with an uncapped hot bore that also flows into a swimming area where you can soak in the hot water while watching a beautiful sunset. They also have toilets, showers, a playground, a large covered communial kitchen area, and kayaks available. We were there the very last night of the season last year, so had the place all to ourselves, but we gather it's very popular in the winter and is a great place to meet other travellers. It's $10 per adult per night for camping, but if you just want to pop in for a visit you can pay a $5 day fee to use the facilities.

charlotte plains station

CHARLOTTE PLAINS, NEAR CUNNAMULLA, QLD One of our faves is Charlotte Plains Station east ofCunnamulla, Queensland, Australia. This stunning uncapped bore has a number of individual baths that you can fill up straight from the bore (which is bloody hot, so you may have to wait for it to cool down!) and soak away at any time of the day or night, because the camping is literally right next door. We were here out of season too, so had it all to ourselves and it's magic sitting in your own private outdoor bath and watching the sun come up. Camping facilities by the bore are basic, with just a drop toilet & rustic showers. But you can access power & more civilised facilities elsewhere on the property if that's your thing. Camping at the bore costs $28 per night.

Yowah hot bore baths

YOWAH, SOUTH WEST QLD The little opal town of Yowah Qld really puts it on for travellers with a great free camp in town and these well maintained hot bore baths that only cost $2.50 per visit.

Lightning Ridge hot bore baths

LIGHTNING RIDGE, NSW This hot (and by hot we mean HOT) pool in Lightning Ridge is open 24hrs (closed for cleaning 10 - 12 weekdays) and is totally FREE with showers & toilets on site. And if you want a great place to stay in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia we highly recommend Carinya Station, about 10km from town

burren junction bore baths

BURREN JUNCTION, WEST OF NARRABRI, NSW Look this isn't the hottest or the cleanest of hot baths, BUT it does have a fantastic free (by donation) canpsite on site so it makes the list. There is bins, toilets & hot showers on the site, and you'll get some stunning sunsets.

Piliga bore baths & free camp

PILIGA, WEST OF NARRABRI, NSW Whoops, we didn't take a picture of the actual bath! But you'll find this spot a short drive from the baths at Burren Junction, New South Wales, in the tiny town of Piliga. The bath itself is the perfect temperature and there's plenty of space for camping, which costs $5 a night. There are toilets, (cold) showers, bins & bbq facilities on site.

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