Broughton's Waterhole

Middle Dam, or Broughton's Waterhole is a splendid example of pioneer initiative. Owned by P.L. Williams, it was dug in 1879, to create a permanent water supply for stock. It differs from most local dams in that the excavated soil was removed from the site. The thick, low vegetation along the track in, gives way to a more open environment, with large trees, as the waterhole is neared. The shaded picnic area provides a cool respite for the traveller. The area around the perimeter indicates the extremes of water level due to seasonal fluctuations. A variety of birds is attracted to this oasis in the desert.

Camping is allowed and is ideal for large groups, but there are no toilets. This is not a serviced park, so please take all your rubbish home with you.

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Directions:

The most direct access is along the McDonald Highway which goes left off the Kaniva – Edenhope Road almost twenty kilometres south of the Western Highway. Other access tracks to the Waterhole are shown on maps of The Little Desert National Park. The McDonald Highway passes Broughton's Waterhole nine kilometres into its thirty-eight kilometre route through the desert to the Nhill–Goroke Road. Desert tracks are sign-posted.

A few minutes travel east of the waterhole and Mount Turner is discovered and provides an excellent view of the surrounding terrain. In spring, orchids flower around the foot of Mount Turner.

Back track to the waterhole and follow Sambells Track to the Wild Dog Spring sign. This small spring offers the local fauna welcome refreshments and tracks around the spring offer clues as to their identities.

A further three kilometres south-east along Sambells Track is the turn off to Sister Hills. About the same distance along this track is a lookout which offers horizon-to-horizon views of the area including the Lawloits and Mount Arapiles.