Around sixty well-defined flowing springs (along with many minor flows and seepages) make up the Dalhousie Springs cluster. They are particularly fine and active examples of artesian springs and the natural and cultural heritage values are outstanding.
The cluster of mound springs collectively known as Dalhousie Springs is located in the Witjira National Park, approximately one hundred kilometres north east of Oodnadatta in the Far North of South Australia. The Park has an area of 768 853 ha with its northern boundary abutting the Northern Territory border and its eastern boundary abutting the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. Witjira National Park was proclaimed on 21 November 1985 to protect the internationally significant Dalhousie mound springs and many desert landforms representative of the region.
Access from the south is usually via Oodnadatta and a Public Access Route (PAR) through the old railway siding of Pedirka, but there is a longer alternative route via the ruins of the old store at Bloods Creek and the former pastoral property known as Federal. From the north access is via the Stuart highway and the old railway town of Finke, now known as Aputula. Some travellers arrive from the Simpson Desert to the east, but most Simpson Desert travellers travel from the west to the east and Dalhousie is a popular overnight campsite before parties enter the Desert. High clearance, well-equipped 4WD vehicles are recommended for all routes.