Oodnadatta to Cooper Pedy, which way?

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Going from Oodnadatta to Cooper Pedy, do I go direct, via Cadney Park, or via Marla, which is the most scenic and interesting?

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Reply By: Garbutt - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 21:06
No question in my mind go from Oodna to Cadney via the Painted Desert, by far the most scenic route.
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 21:09

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 21:09
I agree take the long way round and stay at Arkaringa Station.
Painted desert fantastic.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:40

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:40
Make sure you are there at dusk and dawn for photos. There was a good aerial shot in the Australian site a few weeks back that said the Painted Desert was only known to a few locals and the pilot who took the shot. Of course they didn't think of the thousands who read it here.

Gee rusty, a year has passed mate. Our group couldn't even organise a reunion properly. I hope you guys could in Logistics,
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Follow Up By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:42

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:42
John R has it right - be there for sunset and sunrise ... stay after sunset ... get up before sunrise.

Also The Breakaways are a bif different too (although very close to Coober Pedy).
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 22:06

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 22:06
A year John-- so it is.
We didn't even try as we worked shifts and only "came across" each other every few days. A small few out of Helens group (Opening and Closing ceremony "actors" did though a couple of weeks ago up here at our place. They spent hours sitting around at practice and on the actual days so got quite friendly.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 22:39

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 22:39
Yeh the Painted Desert is worth the visit ,

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Reply By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:44

Monday, Mar 05, 2007 at 23:44
If you're looking for it on the map, you will probably find it easiest under "Coober Pedy" ... the town itself is pretty interesting too. One of the tours that takes you into the mining areas is worth doing too.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 05:24

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 05:24
Do not forget to drop in on the Painted desert, and spend some time there.
Mt Batterby lookout and the Moon Plane are worth a look in itself, you turn off to Arkaringa Station ( to Cagney Park ) on basically the main Oddna - Cooper Pedy

There is a gr8 camping spot at the Station itself, and the Manager even supplies wood, well worth a couple of days there ,,, we did and will be heading back there on our next trip
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 08:57

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 08:57
Yep - early and late in the day, the painted desert is fabulous - beautiful colours in the washed soil down the sides of the hills (can still be enjoyed with the sun up high though) - also, at the western end of this drive about 35km from the Stuart Hwy, there are some great flat topped hills, and tree lined creeks around Copper Hills Station (probably vacant at present). I loved those copper topped hills - a bloke who used to own CHS told me that the copper tops were actually the petrified mud floor of an inland ocean - there are fossils of course to back him up - there is jasper laying around the place too (hard, glassy marble like rock chips).
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Reply By: Lushie1 - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 16:38

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 16:38
Gee guys this is a eye opener with all the info we can get by just asking.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2007 at 09:15

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2007 at 09:15
Its a forum Lushie.
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