Campsite(s) Finke to Oodnadatta

Submitted: Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:14
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Hi Everyone,

Hoping to gather some knowledge of campsites between Finke and Oodnadatta.
I am planning to start off from Chambers Pillar and follow the Old South Road / Ghan Rail Line Track into Finke. Our next destination is Oodnadatta. To break the trip up I would like to camp somewhere around Finke. I do not seem to find much info on recognised camp sites around here, I am thinking I may have to detour to Mount Dare and camp o/night. Any other ideas or recommendations, we are only looking for a basic campsite, we are self contained and don't really need facilities.

Thanks in Advance,
Mark

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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:31

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:31
Mt Dare is OK but Dalhousie Springs for a dip in the hot thermal pools excelent. If not, there are 500 places you can pull of the track and camp in the scrub.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:40

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:40
Thanks Steve,
I had thought about Dalhousie Springs, do you think it would be a comfortable days drive from Chambers Pillar, still allowing time for sight seeing ?
Have heard the Old Gahn track can be pretty slow going.
Regards, Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:59

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 17:59
No I think 2 comfortable days would be better, the old ghan line can be rough.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 20:01

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 20:01
I too would say make it 2 days.
I have never yet managed Dalhousie Springs to Chambers Pillar in one day ( tag along tours ).
On your own and if you leave early you may make it ok, but why rush?

Enjoy,
Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 20:58

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 20:58
Thanks Steve and Mike,

Looks like 2 days it will be, probably stay o/night somewhere around Rumbalara or the Lambert Centre then Dalhousie Springs the next day.

Regards, Mark
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 06:33

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 06:33
Pesty who are the care takers of mt dare is it still bob and marion.
It was about 3 years since we were there and they realy looked after us when caught for 4 days because of roads closed.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 08:40

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 08:40
Hi Eric
I was there in 2000 and cannot remember their names, sorry.
Were there with 70 vehicles and had a good night in the little bar with many others.
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Reply By: KJ Mal - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 21:43

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 21:43
Hi Mark

I was up there last year and spent a night bush camping at the Lambert Centre (no facilities) about 30 km out of Finke. It is the geographical centre of Oz.
Old Andado Station also has a camping area, and if it is still going, toilets and showers. That is only about 100 km north of Mt Dare.

Mal
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 22:23

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 22:23
Mark, I agree that it is a two day trip to Chambers Pillar from Dalhousie. We camped alongside one of the old Fettlers cottages alongside the track.
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