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Travelling along the Oodnadatta Track is an experience through a range of magnificent landscape, from salt crusted, cracked earth, stony plains stretching into the distance. Gibber plains as far as the eye can see, sand dunes and salt lakes, flat top mesas and artesian mound springs.

Known colloquially as the ‘Oodna’ Track’, the Oodnadatta Track is one of the iconic Australian outback drives. The track follows an old Aboriginal trading route, who passed through this semi arid desert country by following a 'string of springs'. This route was then used by 19th century explorers such as John McDouall Stuart, paving the way for the Old Ghan Railway line towards Alice Springs. Today, this track is used by mainly travellers eager for some history or after a taste of adventure and the outback experience. Our modern day explorers follow the route, passing disused railway sidings and other ruins, artesian springs and waterholes and the magnificent gibber plains, desert dune and flat-top mesas landscape.

The Oodnadatta Track officially starts from Marree in the south or Marla in the north. Some maps show it starting from Lyndhurst, south of Marree, whilst many travellers make Leigh Creek and Copley as their starting point. From Marree you pass through

Oodnadatta is an aboriginal word meaning ‘blossom of the mulga’. The Oodnadatta Track crosses the traditional lands of three Aboriginal groups. In the south, between Lake Torrens and Lake Eyre are the Kuyani people; most of the west of Lake Eyre has been traditionally occupied by the Arabana people; and to the north is the land of Arrernte people. Now may people from further west, Antikirinya people, live here too.1

More information about the Oodnadatta Track and the many locations along the route.

Oodnadatta Track - Outback Landscape - Snapshots from South Australia

Salt crust and the Old Ghan line on the horizon
Salt crust on the parched earth, the Old Ghan line on the horizon, just out of Marree.
Land of drought... arid landscape - Oodnadatta Track
Land of drought... arid landscape - Oodnadatta Track
Stony plains stretching to the horizon - Oodnadatta Track
Stony plains stretching to the horizon - Oodnadatta Track.
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