Oodnadatta Track

Oodnadatta Track, one of the best outback drives in Australia

Oodnadatta Track is an unsealed outback road with a length of 620 km (385 mi) linking Marree and Oodnadatta in South Australia. The track offers one of the best outback drives in Australia. Steeped in history, natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage, the track is perhaps a fascinating and historic outback trail.

The track is unsealed and subject to closure due to adverse weather conditions. For details on roads please contact 1300 361 033. Along the way, the track passes the southern lake of the Lake Eyre National Park, and the outback settlements of William Creek and Oodnadatta. The track follows a traditional Aboriginal trading route. It provides travellers with stunning semi-desert scenery. The road's surface is rough, with plenty of bone-jarring corrugations, especially on the stretch of road between William Creek and Oodnadatta. 

This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime due to road work or inclement weather. In dry weather, the track is passable to most vehicles and caravans, but a four wheel drive (4x4) vehicle will provide a more comfortable journey, and will be essential for driving the track during and after rain. Remnants of the many railway sidings and Overland Telegraph repeater stations are still along the track - some of the best preserved are the Coward Springs Campground - complete with natural artesian spa and Curdimurka. Today, the Oodnadatta Track roughly follows the former railway line as far north as Oodnadatta, and then turns to the west, meeting the sealed Stuart Highway at Marla. 
Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. The Track was named by Adam Plate of the Oodnadatta Progress Association Inc. in about 1980 to form a trilogy of unsealed tourist routes with the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks nearby. Along the track there are numerous springs feeding water from the Great Artesian Basin, the most accessible examples being the mound springs found in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park near Coward Springs. 
Pic: By GoldenRing - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59408332

 

 

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