The desert township of
Oodnadatta is one of those iconic destinations that represents the 'Australian
Outback'. Surrounded by over 7,500 square kilometres of cattle stations and
the township is at the heart of an equally iconic touring drive, the 'Oodnadatta
This historic centre was once a crossroad, that bustled with drovers, cameleers,
gold miners and Aboriginal people. It was the hub for the transcontinental
railway, with construction starting way back in 1891, until completion in 1929.
Prior to that, all mail, freight and travellers had to endure the six day camel
back ride to Alice Springs.
Oodnadatta is synonymous with 'The Pink Roadhouse', the focal point of
Oodnadatta and one of outback Australia's unique roadhouses.
Today, it is a must do trek for many Australians, with some doing it several
times. Oodnadatta township is your stop for refuelling, provisions and hot food for those
passing through. There is a caravan park, self-contained and budget
accommodation for those wanting to stay longer and can help with repairs,
breakdown vehicle recovery and vehicle transport.