Oodnadatta Track - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Roadsign near Marla at the start of the Oodnadatta Track
Oodnadatta Track - FURTHER INFORMATION
Oodnadatta Track - Oodnadatta Track visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Oodnadatta Track' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.
The Oodnadatta Track follows an old Aboriginal trading route through semi-desert country in South Australia and offers one of the best Outback drives in Australia. The historic outback trail with artesian springs, waterholes, railway bridges, and ruins of old railway sidings and repeater stations of the Overland Telegraph Line along the way was also the route for 19th century explorers like John McDouall Stuart.
The Oodnadatta Track is approx. 600km long. This largely unsealed track between Marree and Marla runs partially alongside the original Ghan railway, crosses the biggest cattle station in the world, Anna Creek Station owned by Kidman, and passes Lake Eyre which is the lowest point in Australia 15m below sea level.
Today the Oodnadatta Track is mostly used by tourists and is promoted as one of the most historic routes in Australia. Among some of the highlights along the track are various testaments to the railways including the Beresford Railway Siding ruins, Coward Springs Historic Engine Driver's Cottage and Mt Dutton Rail Siding Ruins. Drivers can take a detour up to the Dog Fence on Birdsville Track, built to keep dingos out of the cattle ranches. The Oodnadatta Track crosses the Strzelecki Track at Lyndhurst.
About 30 kms from Cudimurka a sidetrack leads to the Bubbler and Blanche Cup which are artesian springs which come to the surface at the top of a hill. The flat, white cones reminiscent of volcanoes are the buildup of minerals from the springs over thousands of years.