William Creek is the smallest town in Outback South Australia, situated on the property of Australia's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station. The
population is 10, however, overnight guests and events can increase the population to over
The town has 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.
Since 2012 Trevor Wright owns the hotel in William Creek.
You don't need a street map, everything is conveniently lined up on the Oodnadatta Track.
William Creek is set on a salt bush 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.
Well, the sightseeing business takes place in the area between the hotel and the store. You don't have much to walk!
Campdraft and Bronco Branding is held in August.
William Creek Gymkhana held on the weekend before Easter.
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 of the world 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 Oodna and it’s by-roads as far as Marla, Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert.
Check out offers from the William Creek Hotel
Please ask the locals for road conditions before your start any of these routes.
Don't miss the articles below which give you many more details about the route.
Get general facts, an introduction and overview of the track. (617 km)
Read about Marree, the town at the start of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks. This is my favourite Outback town
Discover the history of the early days, when the Outback was explored.
Marree To William Creek (204 km)
The first section of the Oodnadatta Track is in my opinion the most diverse part of the track.
Lake Eyre, mound springs, several ruins of former Ghan railway sidings are among the highlights.
This small town offers everything a traveller needs. You'll be surprised what you'll find in this village half-way along the track
Oodnadatta to Marla (211 km)
First discover Oodnadatta, before you go on the last leg of the track.
Both the Ghan and the Overland Telegraph Line leave the track north of the township Oodnadatta.
Road conditions along the Oodnadatta Track.
Don't forget to read this page, it also includes useful tips by Outback Guide readers.
Read about Australia's largest lake which only fills with water every couple of years. Get the latest water status of the lake.
Aerial view of the lake - photo © John Carnemolla
Where to stay
Great tips about camping & cabins, where to get fuel & food, plus other useful information
Enjoy this most interesting track in the South Australian Outback.
Below you'll find more useful articles to help you plan your journey.