Finke Spring

Groundwater coming up through rock layers as springs are essential to life in the Flinders Ranges.

Mosses, grasses, reeds and algae commonly seen around springs in the Flinders Ranges

Spring: Tobacco Bush Creek

Tobacco Bush Creek flows across the Outback Hwy north of Copley. This groundwater provides a vital flowing waterway for many species including fish, reptiles, invertebrates and birds. Birds SA reported 13 species of birds in the creek during a brief 6 hour survey in April 2018, finding the following:

  • Emu
  • Grey Teal
  • Australasian Grebe
  • Hoary-headed Grebe
  • White-faced Heron
  • Black-fronted Dotterel
  • Nankeen Kestrel
  • White-winged Fairywren
  • White-backed Swallow
  • Singing Honeyeater
  • Black-faced cuckooshrike
  • Zebra Finch
  • Australian Pipit

Well worn tracks of native animals cover the banks of the watercourse.

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