Camping on oonadatta track

Planning a trip on the track in early July and was wanting some feedback on camping along track. Coming from Flinders Ranges to Marree thought first night at either Coward Springs or William Creek and after that or is there somewhere else of 2WD with campervan
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 22:30

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 22:30
Coward Springs is a great camping spot, if you can't get in you can head up to Beresford Siding and camp by the dam or the old station buildings. Another great spot at the start of the track is Farina, well worth a visit even if you don't camp.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 22:43

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 22:43
And further up the track, Algebuckina bridge on the Neales River is a popular spot to camp.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:28

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:28
We stopped at Algebuckina for lunch and ended up staying 3 days...
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 08:47

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 08:47
A better spot is the camping area at the waterhole on the other side of the track, opposite the bridge.



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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:42

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:42
2nd that, there is some nice spots through there.
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Reply By: Redback - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 06:22

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 06:22
Berisford Bore, Claypan flats at Oodnadatta are good, other Old Ghan sidings can be camped at as well and not popular, the ones the other guys have mentioned, they are too crowed at that time of year, unless of coarse you like those type of places.

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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 07:13

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 07:13
on the other siade of teh railway bridge at I think it was5 mile creek.....its just out of Oddnadatta..south by about 15 minutes....Lots of good camping places, have fun!
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Reply By: Member - Fizz (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:16

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:16
While you're up that way, don't miss the Painted Desert. It will be a (the?) highlight of your trip. You can camp at one of the "creek" crossings before you get to the Arckaringa sign saying no camping for the next however many km. Or you can camp at Arckaringa Homestead for a fee.
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:35

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:35
The highlight of our trip was a huge night at the William Creek Pub. It was Remembrance Day so we called in for an 11am ale. The publican at the time was a bloke called Chris and he eventually sent us to our swags well after midnight!

We met Stewart from Anna Creek and Gary from Macumba Station and had a ball!!!

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Reply By: Wizard1 - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:03

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:03
Don't worry about specific places. We found you can camp pretty much any where you like.

If you find a good spot pull up for the night.

Having a caravan helped. Just pulled off the track went a few 100 metres off the road and parked. If we had the extra time we would have camped some where around the Painted Desert.
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 13:04

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 13:04
another idea too is if you find a nice green patch somewhere dont camp on it...its burr! stick to the dirty looking stuff!
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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 14:19

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 14:19
Hi Jack and Mick,

Olarinna Creek, about 100km west of Oodnadatta is a good spot for bush camping. Plenty of firewood, largish coolibahs to give shade and wind protection. You can drive back from the road a far way too.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:52

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:52
Agreed re the good spots mentioned above - there are others too - just about any creek crossing with a tree line will have used camping spots along it - we had a good one on out last run down there but doubt if I could ID it again - re William Creek - we never camp there - though only a 'whistle stop' its usually too windy, dusty and urban for us :-o) .... about 32km north, there is a small creek crossing - on both sides of the road there is scrubby shelter and a lot of people have camped in and around there over the years ... suits us nicely.
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