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William Creek

South Australia's smallest town


William Creek is the smallest town in Outback South Australia with a population of 6. Overnight guests can increase the population to over hundred.

old pub

It is situated on the property of Australia's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station.
The town has very basic facilities. There is a pub, of course, a few sheds, a store and a campground with different styles of cabins, and an all-weather airfield only 100m away from the pub.

Wrights Air operates scenic flight over Lake Eyre, Anna Creek station and the Painted Desert.

You don't need a street map, everything is conveniently lined up on the Oodnadatta Track.

William Creek is set on a saltbush plain 204 km north-west of Marree and it’s the first place to get fuel and water supplies after you leave Marree.
It's quite a sandy place, but hey, they even have a golf course!

Discover a truly unique Australian Outback town.

Follow the Old Ghan Heritage Trail along the Oodnadatta Track

historic sign

You'll find these informative signs everywhere along the old Ghan route. It is really interesting to learn about the history of the Outback.

Quick Facts

Population: 6 (2001 census)
Location: Approx. 880 km north of Adelaide on the Oodnadatta Track
State: South Australia
Post Code: 5710
Elevation: 91m
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST), Daylight Saving between October and April
Climate & Best time to visit:
William Creek has a hot & dry climate. Average maximum temperature is over 30°C from November to March. More than 40°C is not uncommon during summer. Winter has warm days and cold nights.
The rare rainfalls can happen anytime during the year.
April to October is the best time to visit.
Facilities include:
Hotel, Cabins, Caravan Park,
Petrol, Drinks, Food

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Sightseeing

Well, the sightseeing business takes place in the area between the hotel and the store. You don't have much to walk!

  • Memorial Park offers displays of some unusual means of transport (a wooden wagon, a steam engine and the first stage of a rocket) which are scattered next to the remains of the Old Ghan railway-line.
    A signpost shows the distances to places all over the world. That meakes you realise that you are far away from everwhere!
  • William Creek is adjoining the huge Woomera prohibited area where British rockets were launched in the sixties and tests were conducted to send a satellite into orbit. That’s where the debris of the rocket comes from.
    If you are interested in aircrafts, missiles, and Australia's role in space exploration, don't miss to visit Woomera on the Stuart Hiwghway.
  • Would you expect to see a parking meter in the middle of nowhere? There is one in William Creek!
    The parking meter seems to be very odd in such a remote place, however, it’s for charity and collects donations for the Royal Flying Doctors. Australians are very inventive to raise money for this excellent institution.
  • The public phone was the first solar-powered phone box in South Australia.

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Events

Bronco Branding is held in August.

William Creek Gymkhana held on the weekend before Easter.

Accommodation

The hotel and pub really look unpretentious, not to say rough, from the outside, with its ancient cladding of corrugated iron to protect the veranda and the house from the searing sun. In these parts sun protection goes before aesthetics.
Inside is the typical bar room of a bush pub, decorated with odd things that tourists left here. And of course, you'll find a friendly service & a cold beer.

In front of the hotel is a sign with a mud map giving information about the area around William Creek and the Oodnadatta Track. These maps, drawn by the late Adam Plate who run the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta for decades, give useful tips and can be found along the track and it’s by-roads as far as Marla, Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert.

Check out William Creek Hotel

Alternative routes & detours

If you want to go back to the Stuart Highway instead of finishing the Oodnadatta Track, you can go from William Creek to Coober Pedy. The 164 km track is a lonely road crossing the huge Anna Creek station.

About 7 km south of the town leads a track to Halligan Bay on the western shore of Lake Eyre North.
This 63km one way route is desolate and very lonely. Take plenty of water, and never leave your car when it breaks down.
Ask at the pub if they still register tourists who head to Lake Eyre. If not, let a reliable friend or your family know about your plans. Make arrangements when you will be back, and don't forget to check back with them. Otherwise they might ring the alarm bell.

Please ask the locals for road conditions before your start any of these routes.

old machinery
Old machinery & a signpost with distances
debris of a rocket
Rocket debris
parking metre in the outback
Yours truly next to the parking metre
solar powered phone
Solar powered public phone
bush pub in william creek
William Creek Hotel
track leaving an outback town

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