Williams Creek to Dalhousie Springs

Hi All

Trip planning for later in the year. Using the trek notes on this website it looks like Williams Creek to Dalhousie is doable in a day with a lunch stop at Oodnadatta.

Just wanted feedback from anyone that has done it. I have driven to Williams before but always turn off for Coober Pedy instead, this time I want to go straight...

Cheers

Ben
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Reply By: Great Divide Tours - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 09:29

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 09:29
Hi Ben

Yes it is doable in a day, but you can spend a fair bit of time looking at all the sights along the way which means two days is better. BTW it is William Creek, no S. When in William Creek allow time to do a flight with Wright's Air over Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills, a most memorable experience. Of course if it rains, the tracks will be closed and you could be stuck for a few days, so always keep an eye on the weather and have an alternate plan.
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:21

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:21
This!

Haha eat me to it!!

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 21:28

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 21:28
Ozrover
G'day Jeff.
Just a quick question. Are Wayne and Janet still at Hamilton or way down south?

Cheers
Ross M
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Reply By: Mazdave - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 09:52

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 09:52
G'day Ben,
Did it in 2010. Stopped overnight at William Creek, then travelled to Dalhousie via Mt Dare to fuel up for the Simpson crossing. Did a couple of stops on the way but pretty much a full days drive
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Reply By: sweetnam - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:35
Thanks Guys

The day before is Maree to Williams Creek with scenic flights in the PM (short drive) so the next day is then moving on to Dalhousie, with a possible stop at Mt Dare for fuel.

Thanks for the feedback. Does it take a lot of rain to close the roads?

Ben
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:09

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:09
If you have to use your windscrren wipers, it is almost enough to close the road, but it could dry out in a few hours too, if it is light.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Great Divide Tours - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:29

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:29
Hi Ben

Might be a short drive between Marree and William Creek but there is a bit to see along here too, so don't be surprised if it takes longer than you think. Numerous Ghan railway sidings, Mound Springs, Coward springs just to name a few (and Plane Henge).

I doubt you would make William Creek to Dalhousie via Mt Dare in one day, as mentioned there is a bit to see on the way to Oodnadatta such as more Ghan sidings and railway bridges, plus you need some time in Oodnadatta too, hopefully the Pink Roadhouse will still be open (Lynnie Plate is trying to get out and hopefully someone else will take over) and the museum in the railway station is worth at least an hour. If going via Mt Dare then don't take the Pedirka Road but follow the track via Eringa ruins, a beautiful waterhole here too, and when you reach Mt Dare, the day will be just about done. Mt Dare is a great spot with good camping, a great cool bar and good meals, so its worth stopping over. It is about 2-3 hours from Mt Dare to Dalhouisie Springs and you need at least half a day to enjoy a swim and visit the Ruins.
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