The desert township of Oodnadatta is one of those iconic destinations that represents the ‘Australian Outback’. Surrounded by over 7,500 square kilometres of cattle stations and national parks, the township is at the heart of an equally iconic touring drive, the ‘Oodnadatta Track‘.
This historic centre was once a crossroad, that bustled with drovers, cameleers, gold miners and Aboriginal people. It was the hub for the transcontinental railway, with construction starting way back in 1891, until completion in 1929. Prior to that, all mail, freight and travellers had to endure the six day camel back ride to Alice Springs.
Oodnadatta is synonymous with ‘The Pink Roadhouse’, the focal point of Oodnadatta and one of outback Australia’s unique roadhouses.
Today, it is a must do trek for many Australians, with some doing it several times. Oodnadatta township is your stop for refuelling, provisions and hot food for those passing through. There is a caravan park, self-contained and budget accommodation for those wanting to stay longer and can help with repairs, breakdown vehicle recovery and vehicle transport.
Oodnadatta is from the Aboriginal Arrernte word ‘utnadata‘, meaning ‘blossom of the mulga‘. The town is located on the north-western section of an area that was once traditionally that of the Arabana People. Today, the Indigenous population includes those with Aranda, Antikarinya, Luritja and Pitjantjatjara family ties. Many Afghans had settled in Oodnadatta and Marree, with some marrying into the Indigenous community.
When you’re travelling the track make sure you’re well prepared.
Visit the Pink Roadhouse website for contact details: www.pinkroadhouse.com.au