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  Oodnadatta, South Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oodnadatta, South Australia (27°32′S 135°26′E) is located in the heart of the desert 112 m above sea level, 1,011 km north of Adelaide.
Oodnadatta became the end of the railway line from the south in 1890, until the railway was extended to Alice Springs completed in 1928.
Oodnadatta has also recorded the highest reliably measured maximum temperature in Australia of 50.7°C (123.3 F) on 2 January 1960.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Oodnadatta   (240 words)

 Walkabout - Oodnadatta
It is likely that the Oodnadatta Track, that famous old carriageway from Marree to Marla, predates the arrival of Europeans by tens of thousands of years.
Oodnadatta is probably an adaptation of an Aboriginal word 'utnadata' meaning 'blossom of the mulga'.
Today Oodnadatta is one main street with the Transcontinental Hotel, the General Store and the Pink Roadhouse on one side and the old railway line and the fascinating Railway Museum on the other side.
www.walkabout.com.au /locations/SAOodnadatta.shtml   (812 words)

 Oodnadatta Track @ ExplorOz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Oodnadatta Track is the name given to the stretch of good dirt road from Marree through to Oodnadatta, which follows a major Aboriginal trade route - the original track taken by the explorer Stuart, the Overland Telegraph Line and the Old Ghan Railway Line.
Track conditions are generally good enough for a 2WD vehicle to travel the route, however a 4WD will be more comfortable over the potholes and better equipped if the weather changes as rain will make the track slippery and some sections are prone to sudden washaways.
The track west from William Creek to Coober Pedy is often in much better condition than the Oodnadatta Track mainly because of the lack of corrugations.
www.exploroz.com /TrekNotes/Deserts/Oodnadatta_Track.asp   (2979 words)

Oodnadatta is the starting point for trips into the Simpson Desert.
Just west of the Oodnadatta Track and fifty kilometres southeast of Oodnadatta is the Algebuckina Siding Ruin and a permanent water hole.
If you don’t follow the track out to the Stuart Highway, the area north of Oodnadatta is strictly for ambitious four-wheel driving, with Dalhousie Springs in the Witjira National Park a worthwhile destination, or the Simpson Desert for the ultimate challenges.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /australia/southaustralia/oodnadatta.asp   (905 words)

 Outback-Info.de - Australien Oodnadatta Track
Of course, Oodnadatta is just about the last spot that any sane person would choose for a holiday resort under present circumstances, but surely it would pay the Government to make the place attractive.
Oodnadatta, Aboriginal for 'blossom of the Mulga' was proclaimed a government town in October 1890 in readiness for the coming of the railway from Warrina.
Talking about these days during 1935, Ernestine Hill wrote an article for the Advertiser in which she said, Oodnadatta was a Mecca for drovers and the teamsters of the top half of the continent and a depot of the camel caravans of the desert.
www.outback-info.de /australien/oodnadatta.html   (748 words)

 Oodnadatta Track, Outback Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Oodnadatta Track is an accessible and engaging 850 kilometre drive through the vast desert plains some 600 kilometres north of Adelaide.
The track also passes along the uppermost edge of the Woomera rocket range (prohibited area) and the lowermost border of the Lake Eyre National Park, the latter making an interesting diversion, especially on the rare occasions when the lake is filled.
Since the author's journey along the Oodnadatta Track, The Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail was completed in a joint SA Government tourism initiative.
members.ozemail.com.au /~rodeime/oodnatrack/index.html   (852 words)

 Oodnadatta Track   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The road from Marree to Oodnadatta, via Coward Spring, Curdimurka, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Algebuckina and numerous red and white sand dunes, follows a line of mound springs.
The Oodnadatta track follows almost the same route as that taken by John McDouall Stuart when he successfully crossed Australia.
Oodnadatta became the hottest place in Australia on 2 January 1960 when it officially recorded a temperature of 50.7C.
www.southaustralianhistory.com.au /oodna.htm   (701 words)

 Oodnadatta Track travel guide - Wikitravel
The Oodnadatta Track is one of the easiest Outback tracks in Australia.
The track is situated in central South Australia and runs from Marree to Marla, passing William Creek and Oodnadatta along the way.
Driving the Oodnadatta is quite straightforward: you start at the junction with the Birdsville track, and with very few exceptions it's straight on to Marla.
wikitravel.org /en/Oodnadatta_Track   (1337 words)

 Oodnadatta Track @ ExplorOz
The Oodnadatta Track is usually referred to as the stretch of good dirt road from Maree through to Oodnadatta which follows a major Aboriginal trade route, the original track taken by the explorer Stuart, the Overland Telegraph Line and the Old Ghan Railway Line.
There are a few interesting tracks around the river and signs lead you to an attractive clearing that the station owners have setup for swimming and day use providing a small floating jetty and an enormous tyre tube.
The track west from William Creek to Coober Pedy is marked on the maps as an "unmaintained" and rough road but we found it in much better condition than even the Oodnadatta Track mainly because of the lack of corrugations.
www.exploroz.com /Journal/DTrip/Oodnadatta/OodnadattaTrack.asp?Layout=6   (2944 words)

 AusEmade: Oodnadatta/Oodnadatta Track Information and Attractions, South Australia (SA), Australia
The township of Oodnadatta is an historic centre that was once a crossroad thronged with drovers, cameleers, goldminers and Aboriginal people, that became even more of a hub when the transcontinental railway started its construction in 1891.
The Oodnadatta Track is a well know outback route that follows the Old Ghan railway line towards Alice Springs.
The Oodnadatta Track is also home to Anna Creek Station, the worlds largest cattle station covering some 34,000 sq km (6 million acres) and belonging to the Kidman group of properties.
www.ausemade.com.au /sa/destination/o/oodnadatta-attractions.htm   (642 words)

 Travel | Into the red   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
My husband Steve and I are travelling along the Oodnadatta Track, the 615km dirt road that runs from Marree, north to Marla, through the heart of the South Australian outback.
The Oodnadatta Track follows a course of natural springs and was used for thousands of years by Aborigines to access the red interior.
The last 200km of the track from Oodnadatta to Marla no longer follow the old Ghan line and the overland telegraph line and there is far less to see.
www.news.com.au /travel/story/0,23483,20932060-27977,00.html   (1577 words)

 Oodnadatta Track - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Oodnadatta Track (28°54′S 136°21′E), Australia is an unsealed 406 kilometre track between Marree and Oodnadatta crossing the Tirari Desert in South Australia.
Later, because of the availability of water, the route was chosen for the Central Australian Railway, the original route of The Ghan.
Today, the Oodnadatta Track roughly follows the former railway line, and is passable to most vehicles but a 4-wheel-drive is preferable.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Oodnadatta_Track   (187 words)

 The Birdsville Track
Established during the 1880s, the Birdsville Track was the main stock route between Marree in South Australia and Birdsville in Queensland.
Nowadays, the track is passable to conventional vehicles for most of the year.
The original ferry, the MV Tom Brennan, lies beside the Birdsville Track as a tribute to the early settlers and transporters of the area.
www.openroad.com.au /travel_camping_capeyorkpenisula.asp   (1137 words)

 The Country Hour Roadshow goes to Oodnadatta - 06/07/2005
Oodnadatta is unique because every road leading to it is unsealed, it is 80 per cent Aboriginal, and it is just about the hottest and driest town in Australia.
Oodnadatta survived the demise of the famous Ghan railway and Overland Telegraph.
Oodnadatta is once again unique because we are not big enough to have a council, nor a mayor.
www.abc.net.au /rural/content/2005/s1407931.htm   (1015 words)

 "Oodnadatta Track"
The Oodnadatta Track is an alternative route from Adelaide to Alice Springs and mainly follows the route taken by explorer John McDouall Stuart between Marree and Marla on his epic crossing of the continent from south to north in 1862.
It passes through Willam Creek and Oodnadatta and follows what was the route for the Overland Telegraph line which joiuned Australia with Java and Europe.
south of the track adjacent to Coward Springs and are among the most spectacular in the area.
www.wilmap.com.au /samaps/oodnadatta.html   (1508 words)

 South Australia, Marla and Coober Pedy
Numerous bores on cattle stations along the Oodnadatta Track, along with a line of springs from north of Oodnadatta (Dalhousie) to Marree(formerly "Herrgott Springs') provides succeeding generations of Aboriginals and Europeans(Overland Telegraph, 'Ghan' railway Engineers, then Pastoralists) with reliable water sources to offset the difficulties of unreliable rainfall.
Since Marla is a crossroads to the Oodnadatta Track and also close to the Seven Creeks and Mintabie opal fields it was important for folks 300 km from the intersection to express their viewpoints on issues that bush people hold close to their hearts and very seldom get to express.
From Marla, Oodnadatta is 215 km, Lake Eyre is 557 km and Marree is 642 km.
homeboys-adventures-in-australia.com /vol3/marla.html   (1511 words)

 Australia - Which tracks to choose
Tanami Track 1100 flat kms from Alice to the Kimberleys.
These track have in common that you hardly do them for the scenery, but then they are still less boring than the bitumen.
If the track is open (there has been a lot of trouble because 4WD rambos did too much damage to the station tracks) you need a fuel dump, a heavy duty vehicle and food for two weeks at least.
www.landroverclub.net /Club/HTML/australia_main_tracks.htm   (784 words)

 BUG - Backpackers Guide to Coober Pedy, Woomera and Outback South Australia
The 615km Oodnadatta Track is a convenient shortcut between the Flinders Ranges and Central Australia.
The Oodnadatta Track follows the path of the old Ghan railway and also passes by the 5,300km-long dog fence and the southern edge of Lake Eyre.
The main towns on the track are Marla, William Creek and Oodnadatta.
www.bugaustralia.com /destinations/au-saout.html   (864 words)

 Jennifer Stackhouse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Oodnadatta track is in northern South Australia and follows part of the path of the original Old Ghan Railway.
The track is quite diverse in appearance and the types of country you will drive through includes mound springs (pictured below from afar and looking down), clay pans, salt pans, sand dunes, gibber plains, and mesas (tablelands).
The track can be closed and impassable in bad weather and poorly prepared people have died on it if they did the wrong thing (like leaving your car if it breaks down or not taking enough water) but if you take care it's well worth it.
www.users.bigpond.com /johnstackhouse/martyn.html   (1056 words)

Three other tracks, which are slightly more interesting, but are also unsealed, dusty tracks, include the Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track and the Strzelecki Track.
The track leads through the Strzelecki Regional Reserve along the Strzelecki Creek, until it reaches Innamincka on the Southern Queensland border.
The first place along the Oodnadatta Track is Coward Springs where you will find a small camping ground and a warm water spa.
www.australianexplorer.com /outback_south_australia.htm   (932 words)

 Simpson Desert Luxury 4WD Adventure Tour
This Makin’ Tracks adventure tour captures 3 of the most popular outback adventures in one tour.
The journey begins in Adelaide and heads north via Woomera and Roxby Downs to the Oodnadatta track where we will visit the magnificent Lake Eyre, William Creek and the Pink Roadhouse.
Here we rejoin the Oodnadatta track for our journey south to Leigh Creek and the Flinders Ranges.
www.makintracks.com.au /simpson.html   (193 words)

 Oodnadatta Track, a unique talking book on outback Australia's most historic road.
Oodnadatta Track, a unique talking book on outback Australia's most historic road.
Used by Australian Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years, the Oodnadatta Track route spears into Australia's daunting outback from Marree, South Australia to Oodnadatta and beyond.
Two acknowledged experts on the Oodnadatta Track have vetted the content.
www.oodnadatta.com   (524 words)

The tracks vary from the smooth, hard dirt conditions generally found in the desert, to the more rugged, rocky terrain experienced in the Kimberley i.e the Bungle Bungle Track.
The famous old track was once part of an ancient Aboriginal trade route providing access for the trade of ochre in exchange for pituri (a narcotic from the Simpson Desert).
As you cycle your way along some this historic old track, many of the ruins from the days when the original ‘Ghan’ train passed through, can still be seen.
www.holidaysallover.com.au /tours/searchpages/template.asp?tourID=356   (560 words)

 La Coctelera: ffunkk - Oodnadatta track
Due to the frequent problems caused by heavy rains and the sandy environment, the government built a new track further east in 1980.
Along the track there are several bores, which were used for the aboriginal people to cross the desert and afterwards for the cattle the white man brought.
At William Creek we left the Oodnadatta track to head to Coober Pedy the underground town and opal capital of the world.
www.lacoctelera.com /ffunkk/post/2006/06/23/oodnadatta-track   (534 words)

 The Outback Travellers Track Guides - Maps to the Australian Outback
Using photography, track notes and mapping, the Outback Travellers Track Guide is a companion to sheet maps, offering a closer look at what is out there, where to find it and how to get there safely.
The Outback Tracks can be a beautiful experience if you slow down and take the time to stop and enjoy the geographical features and pioneering endeavours left as a reminder of the early spirit of adventure.
These tracks, which are located in the Northern Regions of South Australia, offer a true reflection of the nature of Outback Australia.
www.outbacktravellers.com.au /default.htm   (244 words)

Accommodation is limited to the hotel on the main street, which is also good for lunch or dinner, and the caravan park run by the Oasis Café, a fairly well-stocked shop, fuel and fast-food outlet which was originally the telegraph relay station.
They also dictated the path of the Overland Telegraph, the Ghan Railway and stock route, the Oodnadatta Track.
There are two lookouts next to the road and a rough track leads to the lake shore.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /australia/southaustralia/marree.asp   (419 words)

 Oodnadatta, Australia
230) on the edge of the Simpson Desert is reached on the Oodnadatta Track (all-terrain vehicles only), following the route taken by John McDouall Stuart on his crossing of Australia in 1861-2.
The Ghan railroad from Port Augusta to Alice Springs ran by way of Oodnadatta until the line was moved further west to avoid flooding.
The name Oodnadatta comes from an Aboriginal term for the blossom of the mulga, a shrub which grows in these arid conditions.
www.planetware.com /australia/oodnadatta-aus-sa-odnt.htm   (111 words)

 Coward Springs Oodnadatta Track South Australia
The track later known as the Oodnadatta Track became the main overland route for drovers and later the transcontinental railway to Darwin.
Before this became a reality it were the Afghans and their camel teams who did all the transporting, supplying outlaying stations, mines and miners, telegraph stations, railway constructing camps and settlements.
Extension of the railway from Marree to Oodnadatta began in August 1884 and resulted in hundreds of unemployed men in Adelaide finding long term jobs.
www.southaustralianhistory.com.au /cowardsprings.htm   (1257 words)

 South Australia - 2007 Great Australian Cattle Drive - Goway Travel Experiences   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
And a swag of adventure stories along one of the most evocative desert trails in Australia-the Oodnadatta Track.
The Oodnadatta Track also represents a significant, part of Australian pioneering history, following a land corridor that enabled Europeans to break into the interior of a continent they'd thus far found impenetrable.
Stories will unfold: stories of the indigenous inhabitants, stories of the pioneers (the explorers, the railway men, the pastoralists) and stories of the modern people who still make their living in this extreme and isolated environment.
www.goway.com /cattledrive/index.html   (735 words)

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