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Oodnadatta Track Travel Tips

Where to stay & eat along the Oodnadatta Track

The Oodnadatta Track Travel Tips section provides you with useful information to plan and enjoy your trip along the historic track.
No need to worry about food and drinks... isn't it good to know where you can get a warm meal, or a cold beer, when you arrive at your destination?

A tour along the Oodnadatta Track is a great experience. If you don't like camping, you can always stay in a cabin, or an old-fashoined hotel. Enjoy the Outback hospitality!

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Roadhouse in Marree

Don't forget, the Oodnadatta track is a remote area, be well-prepared & carry plenty of water. There is no mobile phone reception out there, you need to wait for other travellers passing by when you're in trouble, or carry a satphone or a radio.


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Facilities along the Oodnadatta Track

Places listed start at the eastern end of the track.


The tiny town at the beginning of two famous Outback tracks is truly an attraction. Stay at least one night and explore Marree's unique history as a railway town on the legendary Ghan line.
  • Marree Hotel (Ph: 08 8675 8344) is located at Railway Tce South. The grand old hotel offers single and double rooms (with shared bathroom facilities), as well as counter & dining room meals.
    The bar room is the place for a cold beer and a chat with the locals. Enjoy unique Outback hospitality in this historic hotel.
    Recent additions include modern cabins with ensuite rooms & a free camping area (gold coin donation to use shower and toilets.

    Check out the Marree Hotel

  • Oasis Caravan Park (Ph: 08 8675 8352), Railway Tce South - This park is in the middle of town, has some grassy camp sites and shade to offer. They also have cabins with private facilities and air-condition. There is a "BBQ garden" where guests and locals share some gossip around the campfire at night
  • Marree Outback Store, Oasis Cafe & Roadhouse (Ph: 08 8675 8360), Railway Tce North. The Oasis Cafe offers breakfast, take-away meals and dinner.
    The shop has everything travellers might need in this remote area, including a bottle shop, bakery, post office, EFTPOS & ATM facilities.
    The roadhouse has unleaded fuel, diesel & AVGAS, car repairs & tyres.
  • Scenic flights to Lake Eyre are operated from the roadhouse and the hotel.

Coward Springs

The former Ghan railway station is now an oasis for travellers along the Oodnadatta Track.

  • Coward Springs (Ph: 08 8675 8336) has a basic campground in a beautiful vicinity. Campsites are sheltered by old trees, each site has their own fire place (bring your own wood).
  • Pit toilets and hot showers are available. Wood for the showers is provided, but visitors need to feed the donkey for hot water.
  • Relax in the unique spa, the water comes from a artesian bore.
  • Visit the museum in the engine driver's cabin.
  • Camel tours operate from Coward Springs in June & July.

William Creek

It is a remote place with all services you need out there.

  • William Creek Hotel, Ph: 08 8670 7880 - The hotel & pub offers meals, take-away liquor & rooms with shared facilities.
    The pub is a wonderful place to enjoy a cool drink after an hot and dusty day on the tracks.
  • Campground with shower blocks, and cabins. When I stayed there in 2001 there was not much shade, however, many small trees were planted that might already provide some shade by now.
  • Minor mechanical repairs and fuel.
  • Scenic flights to Lake Eyre & the painted desert.



  • The Pink Roadhouse, Ph: 08 8670 7822 has fuel, meals, a typical Outback mini market, and a campground with cabins. Facilities are basic, but you get everything you need.
  • Transcontinental Hotel, Oh: 08 8670 7804 - The pub offers air-conditioned rooms and hearty meals.
  • Oodnadatta General Store a mini-market that also offers fuel, hardware, and take-away meals. (I am not sure if the general store is still open, let me know if you have any updates, thanks).


The small town at the junction of the Oodnadatta Track and the Stuart Highway was built in 1980 to serve travellers on the Stuart Highway.

The large roadhouse called Marla's Traveller's Rest is a busy place. It offers motel facilities, a caravan park and camping area, backpacker facilities, a restaurant & take-away, post and banking facilities and, of course, fuel.

Check out facilities at Marla Traveller's Rest

Here is more info to plan your trip!

Emergency Services along the Oodnadatta Track

There are small hospitals staffed with an experienced nurse in Oodnadatta & Marree.

Both towns also have a local police officer.

old style hotel
Marree Hotel
artesian spa
Relax at the artesian spa in Coward Springs
camels in the australian desert
Camels at Coward Springs
early morning camper in the outback
Dawn at William Creek caravan park
pink roadhouse
The famous pink roadhouse
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Transcontinental Hotel Oodnadatta

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