Painted Desert

Submitted: Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 21:47
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Hi people,
how are you going? I have a question for the experts: I will be in Coober Pedy in November and I would like to go to visit the "Painted Desert" by 4wd (my own). I remember the road to go to the Oodnadatta Trek ... but I can' remember how far is it from the "civilisation" ... any clue please?
Thanks a lot and if you are in SA keep you cool!
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 22:28

Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 22:28
Hi Luca

From Coober Pedy, take the main road that is clearly signposted to Oodnadatta. Around 100 kilometres up this road, you will see a well used road on your left to Mount Barry and Painted Desert. Like the screen dump attached, follow this road until you get to the 'T' junction with Arckaringa Homestead on your left. Turn right and keep going until you get to the Pained Desert proper. I would include pictures as normal, but I do not have any digital photos of them. The drive is well worth it, but if you do not want to travel out that far, 'The Breakaways' only a short distance from Coober Pedy are well worth the short drive.

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Stephen

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:21

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:21
Luca

Approx 150 km from Oodnadatta

Approx 100 from Cadney Park

Go see it, and stay a couple of days at Arkaringa Station, 15 km or so from Mt Batterby. Gr8 place

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Bucky
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:22

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:22
The Arckaringa homestead has a basic camping area so staying overnight is worthwhile if you want to see the hills at sunset or sunrise. Highly recommended.

Some pics here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30283858@N07/sets/72157624998175493/

To get to Arc. from CP you turn off the Kempe Rd (the route to Ood.) and can return to it via the Painted Desert.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:25

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:25
Corrected pic link:click me
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Follow Up By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 06:43

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 06:43
There is a free camp spot after the Painted Desert, towards Oodnadatta. It is just after a sign saying no camping and is on the left beside a creek bed. It is only a couple of kilometres from the steepish lookout that is on the right, on your way to Oodnadatta. It was told to us by a group when we were in Oodnadatta at the Pink Roadhouse.

Enjoy.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:50

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:50
Please get a decent map of the area and take it with you!

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J and V
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Follow Up By: Witi Repartee - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 21:05

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 21:05
Remember maps don't show corrugations!. We found the loop road to Ackaringa (sp) and onto the Painted Desert was moderately corrugated and no where near the excellent condition of the road Williams Creek to Coober Pedy and the Oodnadatta Track itself
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