Man suffers horrific burns to his entire body after falling into boiling spring

A MAN has suffered horrific burns to almost his entire body after falling into a boiling hot spring in South Australia.

The Adelaide man was travelling through the state’s far north in a convoy of six four-wheel drives on Thursday afternoon when the incident happened.

It’s understood the man fell into one of the several hot artesian bores in the area during a stop along the Birdsville Track near Mungerannie, about 800 kilometres north of Adelaide.


The man suffered life-threatening second and third-degree burns to more than 80 per cent of his body.

He was airlifted by the Royal Doctor Flying Service to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition. It’s understood his condition has improved slightly and he is now listed as being “stable”.

It’s understood paramedics and doctors spent several hours stabilising the man before he could be flown to hospital.

Mungerannie sits above the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) which, according to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, is one of the largest underground freshwater reservoirs in the world.

It is said to occupy approximately 22 per cent of Australia, underlying an area of over 1.7 million square kilometres beneath the arid and semi-arid parts of Qld, NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The water in the artesian bores in South Australia’s north are said to reach almost 100 degrees celsius.