The Great Artesian Basin covers almost a quarter of the Australian continent and contains enough water to cover the world over. Much remains unknown about this valuable resource that has enabled life in inland Australia to develop over thousands of years.
Water in the desert? Imagine what it meant to the early inhabitants of inland Australia -- one of the harshest and most arid places on the planet -- to know they had access to fresh artesian water and wetlands.
OK, now get your head around this: about two million years ago it rained on the Great Dividing Range in Queensland. Today, that same water bubbles up in South Australia. Think about it, the last time this water saw the light of day, giant hippopotamus-sized Diprotodons were grazing on the coast, the Thylacine was alive and hunting, and Australia was the home of a lion called the Thylacoleo, who's claim to fame was the strongest bite of any mammal in history.
This amazing artesian water has clearly traveled slowly through porous rocks deep in the earth. Sometimes it bubbles up and soaks its way to the surface through springs and other times, Aussies have found ways to dig down to find it. Either way, it's the key to life for about a quarter of the continent.
For tens of thousands of years this artesian water has been making its way to the surface in spring systems that appear all over the Basin area. these systems bring life to parts of Australia that would otherwise be barren desert.
Australians get more than the ultimate supply of artesian drinking water. In many areas the water is very hot which has led to an abundant amount of hot pools to pop up across the Basin area leaving the luck Aussies with countless hot springs to soak in. Now that's beautiful, mate!