Oodnadatta

I am a member of a group travelling the Oodnadatta Track in July this year.

I am undecided whether we should continue on the Oodnadatta Track from Oodnadatta to Marla just so that we can say we have done it, or to go from Oodnadatta back south to Oodnadatta Road and follow that until the track to Arckaringa and then along that track to Cadney Park on the Stuart Highway and then to Marla that way.

Anyone done both and what recommendations?
Cheers

Greg
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 19:17

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 19:17
Greg, doing the whole Ood Tk is up to you if it's something you'd like to tick off the list.

But Arckaringa / Painted Desert is WELL worth going to see, and good camping / facilities there.
Staying overnight gives you a sunset and sunrise to enjoy, it's really worth it.

The Ood - Marla route has nothing of too much consequence in comparison (maybe Junction Waterhole at times).
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Follow Up By: Stephen F2 - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 23:51

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 23:51
hi pkr wondering whats the place near William Creek that you can only see from air but can not drive in .Am I confusing that with Painted Desert. ??
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 02:09

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 02:09
Nothing I can think of as described near WC apart form aerial flight over Lake Eyre.
Although you can drive in to Halligan Bay, the flights over are supposedly a million x better :)

Painted Desert is on the road between Oodnadatta and Cadney Park homestead on the Stuart Hwy, about 80km south of Marla.
The Painted Desert / Arckaringa
The prperty itself is on Arckaringa Creek, good camping and nicely setup cabins.

The other great such feature similar to the Painted Desert is the Breakaways, on a little short road between Oodnadatta Road and the Stuart Hwy, runs east - west about 20km north of Coober Pedy.
Road follows the dog fence west from the Ood Rd.
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Follow Up By: Stephen F2 - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:02

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:02
Ahh thats it Breakaways Thanks PKR I think I am getting Dementia .I do remember awhile ago that you could not vis8t Painted Desert by vehicle because Aborig8nal site.So things have changed..,might have to go and have a look whats best time when still quiet .thanks PKR did you tead my follow up on my 3rd battery .I replied to you cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:24

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:24
Hi Stephen F2,
The place near William Creek that you can only see from air but can not drive in is the Painted Hills (not to be confused with the Painted Desert closer to Oodnadatta). Would thoroughly recommend a combined flight over the Painted Hills and southern end of Lake Eyre, but its good to do it in the early morning light. The Painted Desert is also well worth a visit, as are the Breakaways.

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Val
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:29

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:29
PS. Stephen F2 "did you tead my follow up on my 3rd battery "
Yes, think I have replied after this, check it out.
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Reply By: deserter - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 19:35

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 19:35
Painted Desert is very special.
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Follow Up By: Whirlwinder - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:52

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:52
Ditto the Painted Desert. We saw it for the first time last year and it was the high light of our 7 week 10500 kms trip.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:07

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:07
Agreed, Painted Desert is great.......but if you're a bit more adventurous it is well worth the detour from Oodnadatta out to Dalhousie Springs, which is a stunning place to visit. They you can loop back via Mt Dare. There's nothing particularly difficult about the tracks out there if you drive sensibly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mortdad - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:13

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:13
Thanks Wildmax. I've done north from Oodnadatta twice although slightly different to Dalhousie Springs and Mt Dare. I followed the Old Ghan all the way to Alice Springs from Oodnadatta and that was a good trip both times. The second time though I was on my own, Just the wife and I in one vehicle, and we started getting rain around Finke, so I opted out and headed for the bitumen. I figured being chicken was better than getting stuck.

I was looking for something a bit different this time so I'm thinking the Painted Desert may be the go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 23:23

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 23:23
Understood, you certainly won't be disappointed by the Painted Desert. We've had a couple of trips through there and with the right light the views are spectacular. Arckaringa is a good place to stay too :-)
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:27

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 20:27
No contest - if it's all the same to you, the Painted Desert area is a real treat (especially if you can camp out there and catch a decent sunset bonus). Impressive to think that those eroded, colorful domes in the region are all that is left of a very solid mass of multi layered marine sediments - all washed away over 80M years (well ...it's impressive to me anyway :-).
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 08:14

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 08:14
Yeah, time the Painted Desert visit for sunrise or sunset - the golden hour makes more than the usual difference there.
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Reply By: Member - peters500 - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 11:53

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 11:53
Here's an idea - why don't you do both!
Drive to Oodnadatta, have a coffee, then head for Arckaringa for the night. Check out the Painted dessert at first light and be back in Oodnadatta for another coffee before completing the Oodnadatta track at Marla. Once at Marla there is an awful amount of bitumen in any direction and you will have forgotten the corrugations and sand by then but you will have completed The Track!
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Reply By: wendys - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 20:07

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 20:07
Definitely go to Painted Desert and Arkaringa. I do not think you are supposed to camp at the Painted Desert - only at Arkaringa HS campground.
The drive from Arkaringa to Cadney Park RH is an attractive one - low hills, jump ups etc - and thus interesting. Whereas we have found the Oodnadatta - Marla route rather tedious.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:25

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:25
Correct, camping is at Arckaringa only, very reasonable costs for camping or cabins as compared to other such outback properties.
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Reply By: Stephen F2 - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 11:23

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 11:23
Thanks Val good now I know I not got Dimentia.Just confused with the 2 Hills and Desert...is it we can not drive into The Painted Hills because fragile and Aboriginal land?.Is camp ground at Homestead near Painted Desert got a bit of shade .Thanks
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Follow Up By: wendys - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 16:13

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 16:13
Painted Hills on Anna Creek Station, closer to William Creek. No public access. Can see it from air - WrightsAir do [lane flights over this and Lake Eyre, from William Creek, and, I think from Coober Pedy too.
Don't know about shade at Arkaringa HS - may have. We did not worry as late in and early out.
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