Visiting Oodnadatta?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:18
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Hi all. If you are visiting Oodnadatta, why not drop in for a chat, or maybe even a cuppa if we still have any water. A lot of people drive through Oodnadatta each year (about 20,000) but very few stop to check it out. If you feel up to it, you can catch up with me by (in no particular order):
Going to the hospital during office hours, ask for John. You might even get a tour of the place, built in 1911.
Call up "Jiarna Base" on UHF channel 7 duplex.
Look for the ambulance - if I'm on call, I won't be far away from it.
Let me know when you'll be here and how to recognise you and I'll look for you.
If you have kids in tow, my 8 year old and 4 year old girls would LOVE to see you.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:57

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:57
Thanks for the invite...might get there some time in the next 12 months. Good to see more outback forumites...I am in Peterborough

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:33

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:33
G'day Willem,
I left Peteborough just a bit over 40 years ago .......
Just after they started replacing the Garrat's and T-Class with the stinking diesels :-)
May catch up one day on my way trough.

You could tell me, is the old Gold Battery still working?

Cheers, Mike
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:45

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:45
G'day Mike

No the Gold Battery does not work any more but there is still some gold mining activity in the region..maily small operations.

I am only a newcomer to Pboro having landed here in '99. Bought a stone cottage and stopped moving for a while.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Ralph2 - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 23:52

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 23:52
HI Willem, Are you going to the Dawson race meeting Anzac wend,might see you there.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 00:03

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 00:03
Ralph2...No.....going on an extended trip east and then north to Birdsville via awhole lot of places including the Darling River.
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:04

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:04
I have a trip into Oodna in July, would be good to have a look around town, or the 1911 building while in town.We are doing a double crossing of the Simpson with afew vehicles.

Can we email you to organise somehow?

My Simpson double crossing

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Follow Up By: jiarna - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:26

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:26
Try jiarna@bigpond.com
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Reply By: rlbye - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 23:17

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 23:17
Hello John, Sounds like you might have some visitors , Lyn and myself are heading up your way in mid to late May , no kids , we are your typical late 40's wanderers,let us know if you want anything bought up for you...shall have a little space to spare...
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Reply By: uppy - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:38

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:38
Hi Jiarana,Where is Oodanatta,I could be interested in the next lot of school breaks, i have 3 boys 9,8,and 6
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 12:50

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 12:50
Hi Uppy
Oodnadatta is about 1200km north north west of Adelaide, on the Oodnadatta Track which follows the original Ghan railway line from Marree to Marla. It is 690km south of Alice Springs. Local attractions include the Painted Desert, Algebuckina Bridge, and Dalhousie Springs. Oodnadatta is the southern gateway to the Simpson Desert. It's well worth a look IMHO.
Regards, Jiarna
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Reply By: The Banjo - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 15:45

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 15:45
Good on you John......We like Oodnadatta....been through a few times.....interesting place....we've been through the museum, met the publican, had a yarn with Lyall behind the bar, stayed in the C Park, bought fuel from Des Coffey (and bludged a bit of his rainwater).....and we walked around the town......and had a good look at the Neales too.....and could do it all again in a hurry.....you don't need to sell Oodnadatta to us ! PS:.....while sleeping in the C Park behind the Pink last September, we nearly got blown out of town .....can that place be windy or what ?....some storm that......but it is of course usually just fine !
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 18:29

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 18:29
Hi John,

As you already know, we will be there on 30th June for one night. Will definately drop in and say hello. My son is 6 going on 7 and will enjoy meeting some new friends his age, especially as he will be the only child (age wise) on the trip. We will be coming from Coober Pedy via the Painted Desert, so should arrive in the afternoon. The beers will be cold by then too.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 18:58

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 18:58
Look forward to seeing you. Have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Alfred - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:13

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:13
Hi John,
I'll be visiting Oodnadatta around 7th-9th July, travelling from Yulara. Would love to meet a fellow outback forumite. I'm in a 2003 silver hilux with a patrol tagging along. How's the weather there?

Hi Glenn,
Maybe we could also meet up somewhere on track. I'll be in Alice Springs on the 30th June and 1st July. Then heading west through Maccdonnell Ranges, Palm Valley and Boggy Hole. Then to Kings Canyon around 5th July. Then to Yulara 6th and 7th July.

Cheers
Alfred (Smithfield NSW)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:21

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:21
Hi Alfred

I'll keep an eye out for you.

Cheers
John
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:27

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 19:27
The weather in Oodnadatta is very enjoyable at the moment. The nights are cool and the days warm, not bad at all. By July the nights will be quite chilly but the days will still be warm. Of course you have to remember that I am acclimatised to Oodnadatta, so what I think is warm might be stinking hot to someone else!!
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