Population 277

Oodnadatta is a gutsy outback town on the legendary Oodnadatta Track. It was once a major railway town, but the line's closure in 1981 left it largely deserted. Local Aboriginal people have successfully kept the town operating since then. Today many travellers use it to refuel and gather supplies before heading out to the major desert parks to the north. It is believed that the name Oodnadatta originated from an Aboriginal term meaning 'yellow blossom of the mulga'.

Visitor Information

Pink Roadhouse, Ikaturka Tce; (08) 8670 7822 or 1800 802 074.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Coober Pedy

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In Town

Pink Roadhouse: a town icon, and also the place to go for information on local road conditions and outback travel advice; Ikaturka Tce.

Railway Station Museum: well-preserved sandstone station (1890), now a local museum; key available from roadhouse.


Witjira National Park This arid park is famous for the Dalhousie Springs. These thermal springs emerge from the Great Artesian Basin deep below the surface and are said to be therapeutic (visitors can swim in the main spring). They are also a habitat for many fish species that can adapt to the changing water conditions. A Desert Parks Pass is required; they are available from Mt Dare Homestead (which has fuel and supplies), the Pink Roadhouse or Parks SA (1800 816 078); 180 km N.

Oodnadatta Track: runs from Marree (404 km SE) through Oodnadatta and joins the Stuart Hwy at Marla (212 km NW); see Marree.

Neales River: swim in permanent waterholes.

The Painted Desert: superb desert scenery of richly coloured hills; 100 km SW.

Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve: 4WD tracks across enormous dune desert east of Witjira. Travellers must be totally self-sufficient; details from visitor centre.

Campsites around town

Oodnadatta Caravan Park

Camping and van sites, along with cabin accommodation, are offered in the centre of this famous outback outpost 406 km north-west of Marree. Bring your own wood and water.... Find out more

3 O’Clock Creek camping area 121 km

Relaxed self-sufficient camping is available 10 km west of Dalhousie Springs; it’s a handy alternative if sites at the springs are busy. Access is via Mt Dare–Dalhousie Springs Rd. Firewood collection is... Find out more

Dalhousie Springs camping area 125 km

You’ll find this camping area for self-sufficient campers on the Purni Bore Access Rd, 180 km north of Oodnadatta via Pedirka Siding and 71 km south-east of Mt Dare. A swim in the warm (38–43°C) waters of... Find out more

Purni Bore camping area 154 km

This artificial bore on the threshold of the Simpson has created a wetland busy with birdlife. It’s situated at the start of the French Line, 70 km east of Dalhousie Springs and 363 km west of Birdsville. You need... Find out more

Mount Dare Homestead camping area 165 km

With the pub nearby, and fuel and food available (bring your own wood, though), this is a handy supply stop for outback travellers. It is 250 km north of Oodnadatta via the Oodnadatta–Witjira National Park Rd.... Find out more

William Creek Campground 174 km

Basic camping is offered across the road from the pub in this tiny settlement on the old Ghan Railway. A popular lift-off point for scenic flights over Lake Eyre, it’s 204 km west of Marree and halfway to... Find out more

William Creek Hotel camping area 174 km

Dating from 1887, William Creek’s classic timber-and-iron hotel is an SA outback legend – with an interior like no other. The camping area is tucked among scattered trees in the grounds behind the pub; bring... Find out more

Marla Travellers Rest 183 km

A sprawling roadhouse-cum-motel and caravan park, this travellers’ hub is 233 km north of Coober Pedy on the busy junction of the Oodnadatta Track and Stuart Hwy.... Find out more

Halligan Point camping area 184 km

The only designated camping area on the lake rim has sites along the western shores of Halligan Point, 71 km east of William Creek. A great place to birdwatch, relax and absorb the dazzling white open spaces. Access is... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Coober Pedy Oasis Tourist Park 175 km

Located at the eastern end of the main street, this is a well-established, good quality park with a range of features, including an indoor pool. The park owners also offer opal mine tours. Water is a scarce commodity in... Find out more

Opal Inn Caravan Park 176 km

This centrally located park is part of a large hotel complex. It is ideally suited to tourists, has good clean facilities and is within easy walking distance of the shopping centre. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Stuart Range Caravan Park 177 km

Located close to the Stuart Highway, this spacious park has good facilities and a range of accommodation. The shower blocks now boast granite benchtops. We recommend the park’s pizza bar for those who enjoy pizza.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mathesons Bore rest area 150 km

111km N of Coober Pedy (L) or 41km S of Cadney (R)

Secluded in the scrub well off the highway.

What's on around town

Races and gymkhana: May.

Bronco Branding: July.

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