William Creek to Mt Dare. One or two days & the must see's

Submitted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 09:45
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Working on our "Up the centre trip" itinerary which includes this section of track. We wish to stay in pubs/cabins etc. & will have to book ahead so don't have the option to add or delete a day. I've studied the Oodnadatta Trek Notes so it's mainly from Oodnadatta onward that I am enquiring about. Keen to hear from people that have done this trek & your views. Driving Colorado 4x4 & not towing.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10:35

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10:35
Easy one day drive

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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:31

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:31
Thanks, sounds good.
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 13:07

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 13:07
Allan a great run with plenty to see and do. You may identify some points of interest for yourself from my blogs.

Cheers Mick



Oodnadatta Track, The Ghan and Lake Eyre

William Creek and on towards Oodnadatta

Oodnadatta to Mt Dare


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Follow Up By: David16 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 14:38

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 14:38
I did that section two weeks ago, it is an easy one day drive, road is very rough around Dalhousie to Mt Dare. Be sure to have a swim at Dalhousie Springs and visit the old homestead ruins, there is now great accommodation at William Creek, Trevor the new owner of the hotel (owns Wright Air) has just put in brand new Ensuited cabins etc. Also be sure to ask about a flight over Lake Ayre from William Crk as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:34

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:34
Mick, thanks for the links to your interesting & very informative blogs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:40

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:40
David, Good to have a recent road report. Will definitely be having a swim at the springs & checking out the ruins. We did the flight from Marree last year on our way south from Birdsville
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Follow Up By: Ajay and Fletch - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:02

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:02
It is great to hear that the William Creek pub has a new owner. About 18 months to 2 years ago the owner was a grumpy old sod who made our visit unpleasant.

The Dalhousie ruins are interesting and well worth the detour.

Also, be aware that at Dalhousie Springs there millions of very large and hungry mosquitoes that hang around the toilets. I thought that I had lost a lot of weight whilst on the loo but it was only the mossies trying to carry me off to their nests to feed their young!

Regards ... Ajay and Fletch.
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Follow Up By: David16 - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:51

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:51
Lol, no mozzies this year just MILLIONS of bloody flies!!!
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Reply By: jdpatrol - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 18:44

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 18:44
Allan, if I was travelling from William Creek to Mt Dare first time, I would go off to Painted Desert for a night (stay at Arckaringa homestead). You will find Pedirka Desert section very rough, but we enjoy going through there. cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:14

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:14
Another vote for the Painted Desert, not sure if the Station has accomodation though. when we were there a few years ago we camped but used their shower facilities.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:30

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:30
Thanks guys. Had planned to come home from Alice via Coober Pedy. I think I may look into doing detour turning off at Cadney Park, stay a night at Arckaringa then Coober Pedy via Mount Barry.
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