Oodnadatta Track - Northern Section

Hi All,

Currently planning an outback trip for July this year and just have a quick question regarding the northern part of the Oodnadatta Track.

Is there anything worth seeing from Oodnadatta through to Marla or are we better off heading to The Painted Desert/Coober Pedy?

If it is the latter should he go from Arckaringa Station straight to Coober Pedy or do we go out to Cadney Park and then down the Stuart Highway to Coober Pedy?

By this point we would have spent approx. 2 weeks heading up the Strez, down the Birdsville and then up the Oodnadatta Track from there.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Lloyd
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 15:50

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 15:50
Everything is worth seeing or do you mean you want to see the touristy sites only.

It's not so much the scenery even that it's fantastic or the tourist attractions, it's the history of the area.

Part of traveling is the enjoyment of being out there and going places very few dare to travel.

Remember years ago at a party this girl was saying how see had been to Rome, Paris and a few other over populated areas and my farther in law who has traveled extensively in the outback and overseas started asking has she been to this place and that place, all places off the normal tourist route..... she answered sheepishly No!

Most of the best kept secrets are the ones not advertised.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 16:55

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 16:55
Thats a bit hard Lloyd because don't know what really interests you.

But from Oodnadatta I wouldn't go past Arckaringa anyway.

Its an easy 1/2 day 200km from Ood to Cober via main dirt road (MT Barry) with not much to see.

To Marla I didn't find interesting although Marla itself was worth an overnight stay.

Quality of Cappicinio's down to Cober isn't very exciting either.

The Breakaways near Cober were worth a play and look .
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 17:08

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 17:08
In my opinion the track from Oodnadatta via Painted Desert is the more interesting, and also Arckaringa is a great and friendly overnight stop (or at least it was a couple of years ago).
A further alternative if you have a bit of time to spare is to head out from Oodnadatta to Dalhousie Springs (simply fantastic!|), then to Mt Dare and on via Chambers Pillar into Alice Springs. Heaps of great spots to see along the way.
Whatever you choose, it's pretty hard not to enjoy the big skies and the peace and quiet out that way.
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 17:22

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 17:22
Arckaringa X 2 as of last July.
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 18:16

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 18:16
Hi Lloyd,
Last July we were heading south from Alice to Coober Pedy & stayed a night at Arckaringa Station.

We turned off at Cadney Park & returned to Coober Pedy via Mt Barry. We had a looked around the Painted Desert that evening & again next morning. We found the colour change between morning & evening quite different. I preferred the morning better.

The cabins at Arckaringa were very basic, but clean & tidy. A great fire pit (wood supplied) to sit around & enjoy a red with the company of other travellers.

We also had a look at the Breakaways just Nth of Coober Pedy. Similar but different.

All roads were in good condition then, you can check with Arckaringa for current conditions.

Google "The Painted Desert" for more info on them & Arckaringa

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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 19:48

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 19:48
The track running through Arck station around the HS is pretty weather prone so get the latest info before you head out. Kempe Rd was like a highway when we were there. +1 to the Painted Desert.
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