Outback Journals

Tracking History to Oodnadatta

A travel journal to Outback by rodeime

Camels Photo, Outback, Australia More Photos
Quote: The vast Australian landscape is strewn with four-wheel-drive adventure opportunities. The majority offer truly wilderness experiences where you and your modern motor can vanish into the scenery and leave the metropolitan crush behind. The Oodnadatta Track is one "classic" Aussie adventure. If you are looking for information about the brand new (Feb 2004) passenger service to Darwin, then go here: http://www.theghan.com.au/

Tracking History to Oodnadatta

Overview

Camels Photo, Outback, Australia
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Must See: Curdimuka Siding and Lake Eyre South Mound Springs Beresford Bore Rail Siding Ruins William Creek Pub Giles Memorial and Old Peake Telegraph Station Pink Roadhouse (Oodnadatta) Recommended Reading: Gregorys 4WD Escapes. Detailed Route Instructions. NRMAs South Australia Holiday Guide. Brief, but to-the-point. SA Tourisms Secrets, The Unwinding Roads. Colourful. Web Sites: www.southaustralia.com search: Oodnadatta www.exploreoz.com www.nrma.com.au search: Oodnadatta Quick Tips: Outback Driving: Don't take safety for granted when driving in the Outback. Alw...Read More
Pink Roadhouse Photo, Outback, Australia
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Many people would turn their noses up at the Pink Roadhouse, but we loved it. Sure, it was rough'n'ready - but that was the attraction. The food is surprisingly civilised in the roadhouse itself, and the entire establishment is really a bit of a 'lark' (good-natured joke). The owners and staff are genuinely welcoming and helpful and understand that you've just made a really big effort to get there. Here you can update yourself with up-to-the-minute road conditions and get everything you need to continue your journey.

The Pink Roadhouse is truly an outback icon. It even has its own web site:

http://www.pinkroadhouse.com.au/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Pink Roadhouse
200 Km Ne Of Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta Track
Outback, Australia
(08) 867-07822

William Creek Hotel Photo, Outback, Australia
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Just like most every other hamlet along the Track, William Creek tells the familiar story of a railway town turned to zilch. Established in 1887 as a watering hole for cameleers, it lies 200km west of Maree. The famous namesake pub is now its only current claim to fame. Sitting at the bar, you'd think every outback traveler that ever was had been here for a beer or two. And parked outside you're more likely to see several Cessnas than a string of road trains. William Creek is also the popular and logical base camp for those wanting to spend more time exploring the vast expanses of the Lake Eyre region. You can even charter a joy flight from the bar. The accommodation is basic, but you won...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2004

William Creek Hotel
Oodnadatta Track
Outback, Australia
(618) 8670-7880

Beresford Bore

Attraction

Beresford Bore Photo, Outback, Australia
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Originally constructed to accommodate work gangs on the old Ghan railway line, Beresford Bore is just of the many curious ruined encampments along the Oodnadatta. Lying 326 miles from Port Augusta, Beresford Bore still has its eight million gallon reservoir and gantry for refilling steam locomotives, although every trace of the railway is long gone. Now it’s a useful rest stop for wayfarers and the old sandstone buildings are still in pretty reasonable shape. Note that the bore water is high in calcium and other minerals and is not really suitable for drinking or filling radiators, unless in an emergency. If you do have to put some in a leaking cooling system, be sure to flus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2004

Beresford Bore
Oodnadatta Track
Outback, Australia

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Story/Tip

Track Sign Photo, Outback, Australia
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One of the most notable features of the Oodna' Track is that it follows the path of the old Ghan Railway, making the journey one of continual discovery as you explore the old rail sidings, ruins and townships that once thrived on the railway but now, if they're still there, depend mainly on you, the passer-through. Work on the original Ghan Railway began in 1878, following the then-existing Overland Telegraph line. The plan, of course, was to build a railway to Darwin. In its first funding crunch, the railway stalled at Oodnadatta, and it wasn't until 1929 that the line to Alice Springs was completed--and there it stalled again until now. The track also passes along the uppermost edge ...Read More