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William Creek - Cities, Towns and Localities
The smallest town in South Australia is William Creek, surrounded by one of Australia’s largest cattle properties, Anna Creek Station.

From the junction of William Creek, the 202 km travel north along the Oodnadatta Track to Oodnadatta, follows the ancient Aboriginal trade route that is famous for it’s permanent springs.

Camel trains and cattlemen passed this way, as did the Overland Telegraph Line from Port Augusta to Darwin (completed in 1870) and the original "Ghan" narrow gauge railway. Many them have no doubt stopped at one of William Creek’s main attraction, the unique bush pub, that is still serving travellers today.

William Creek can be accessed from four different routes:

  • via Oodnadatta, from the north along the Oodnadatta Track.
  • via Marree, from the south along the Oodnadatta Track.
  • via Roxby Downs, from the south via Borefield Road, joining the Oodnadatta Track.
  • via Coober Pedy, from the west along William Creek Road.

    Currently all these roads are unsealed and are usually well maintained making them suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles, however this can change quickly due to weather conditions.

There are signs at the start of all of these roads, giving information on road conditions, or contact the local or regional visitor centres for up-dates on weather and road conditions.

William Creek is the closest settlement to Lake Eyre North, serviced by a regional airline, especially for those wanting flights over and to visit the nearby Lake Eyre.

Check out our listing for William Creek accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Flinders Ranges and Outback Information

Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre

Leigh Creek Flinders Visitor Information Centre

GPS (William Creek): S 28บ 54.338’ E 136บ 20.353’

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William Creek Attractions

As well as provision, fuel and refreshment, there is a open "air museum" set up by by the William Creek Progress Association, which is across the road from the William Creek Hotel. The pub hotel has some interesting interior and you can have meals and a cold drink.
William Creek - Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail
• William Creek grew with the arrival of the Old Ghan Railway. A small township developed with a general store, travellers' eating-house, hotel and accommodation. The end of the railway line saw the township decline like many along the old railway route, with some localities nothing more than ruins. Today, there is a different set of travellers that pass through William Creek, following the dusty outback road, as they explore the Oodnadatta Track.

Check out some of the signage for the Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail.
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William Creek Events

William Creek • William Creek Gymkhana Committee
• Ph: 08 8670 7978 • Fax: 08 8670 7878 • Email
• Run by a dedicated group of voluntary local community members, who organise and host traditional outback events for the local and wider community to enjoy. Events include the Annual William Creek Gymkhana and the Annual William Creek Bronco Branding and Campdraft.
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William Creek Tours SA Tours • Outback  • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
• WILLIAM CREEK SA 5710 • Ph: 08 8670 7962 • Mobile: 0433 767 727 • Email
• The Outback Australian scenic and charter flight specialist. Includes Lake Eyre and outback flights.
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William Creek Local Services

• Licensed Caf and Grill • WILLIAM CREEK SA • Ph: 08 8670 7746 • Fax: 08 8670 7756 • Email
• Fully licensed restaurant, take-away food, ice creams, cappuccino, cold drinks. Open for breakfast from 8 am or for dinner from 6 pm.
William Creek Hotel
• WILLIAM CREEK SA • Ph: 08 8670 7880
• William Creek is famous for its timber and corrugated iron pub dating from 1887. Providing a stop for those seeking a cold drink and refreshments, as well as meals and accommodation for those who wish to stay longer.
William Creek Store & Campground
• WILLIAM CREEK SA • Ph: 08 8670 7746 • Fax: 08 8670 7756 • Email
• Basic store items, bread, milk etc. Gas bottle refills. Desert Parks Pass agent. Campground accommodation. Other services available from us and locally at William Creek include: tyre sales and repairs, minor mechanical repairs, welding, batteries, diesel and petrol at hotel, Lake Eyre Scenic Flight Bookings, Explore Outback Camel Safari Bookings.
William Creek Hotel on the Oodnadatta Track
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William Creek Images

The First Stage of the British Aircraft Corporation - 'Black Arrow R3' Three Stage Rocket Remains of a Skylark Rocket Steam Engine Driven Centrifuge circa 1880
Steam Engine Horse Works William Creek Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail signage
William Creek nearly the midway for Marree and Oodnadatta William Creek signpost to far away destinations Morning at the William Creek campsite
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William Creek Distance

Distance to William Creek
• Following are some approximate distances by road to William Creek:
• Adelaide 821
• Coober Pedy 167
• Glendambo, via Coober Pedy 411
• Marree 209
• Oodnadatta 201
• Port Augusta 516
• Roxby Downs 260
• Woomera 337
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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Bing Maps - William Creek, SA
Google Maps - William Creek SA 5710
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