Empress Spring - WA



DEG: -26.766359 124.366531
DMS: 26º 45' 58.89" S 124º 21' 59.51" E
UTM: 51 J 7038712mN 635867mE
Altitude: 394.52m


Place Type

Geography - Spring,Soak,Hole


231.28kms West of Warburton
282.98kms NorthEast of Laverton
380.2kms NorthEast of Leonora
556.18kms SouthWest of Kiwirrkurra

Address & Contact

Lake Wells WA
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Empress Spring was named by Explorer David Wynford Carnegie as “a humble tribute to the world-wide rejoicings over the long reign of our Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria.” David Carnegie was shown this water hole by a local aboriginal, on his exploratory travels in 1896. Carnegie and his companions arrived at the spring on 10 October 1896 after many days without finding water. Here they stayed until the morning of 16 October 1896.

Empress Spring is a large underground cavern in a flat area of rock. There is a chain ladder that allows you to descend about 10 metres to the cave floor. The cave roof was blackened and is almost tar like in places by aboriginal fires lit over thousands of years. To the eastern corner of the main cave is a very small tunnel that goes even deeper and leads down to a cavern. From there you can crawl along another tunnel 5 metres to a sandy base, where you dig down to water.

Empress Spring is accessible from either the Gunbarrel Highway to the north or the Great Central Road to the south. Robert J. Rowlands and his wife Joan rediscovered Empress Spring on 29th September 1966. The aboriginal name for the spring, as told by the captive aboriginal is “Murcoolia Ayah Teenyah.”

Look closely on the rocks a few metres from the cave entrance, a faint “PM”, initials of dogger Peter Muir, can be found chiselled into the rock surface. Peter Muir and his wife visited the spring on 7th August 1971 without realising that the Rowlands had rediscovered it first.
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Closest Weather Station

Carnegie at 12/09:00am WST
Distance from Empress Spring 175.58km NW
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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Empress Spring 175.58km NW
Mean Max. °C38.837.033.830.025.321.221.324.028.532.835.437.3
Mean Min. °C23.822.919.816.
Mean Rain mm30.152.434.122.915.414.811.

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