It is incredible just how flat it is along this route. The horizon stretches as far as the eye can see and the landscape is baren except for the scattering of undergrowth and scrub. Occasionaly a small range of hills will come into view and dissapear just as quickly. All the while the old Ghan Railway remnants follow along side the straight lengths of dirt road.
As the name suggests, the track goes through a town called Oodnadatta, which until we travelled this road we had no idea that it even existed. Oodnadatta is one of a few towns along the track and consists of the Pink Roadhouse, a pub and a general store. There is also a museum in the old ralway station, but if you need to get information on anything Oodnadatta, then the Pink Roadhouse is the source of all things Oodnadatta, including track conditions and all the best tourist attractions along the entire length. They have a detailed web site that allows travellers to plan and get information on the Oodnadatta Track before leaving the comfort of home. Apparently they also sell fuel!
Track ArtOne feature are the larger than life sculptures that suddenly appear on the side of the road. A couple of areoplanes mounted on their tails with the wings bolted together are probably the least unusual. The robot looking sculpture of a human holding a baby, made from engine and gearbox components certainly rates as one of the strangest things you’ll discover on your trip across the Tirari Desert.
As the track reaches the southern edge of Lake Eyre, a number of sand ridges stretch out into the distance and are some of the only decent sized sand dunes in this part of the desert. It is a good spot to stop and provides a great opportunity to stretch the legs and take in the expanse of the bright white salt fl ats of Lake Eyre. On this visit we were hoping to see water in the lake as the recent rains were expected to start filling the lake. However the lake does take some time to fill and unfortunately we had to accept a dry shoreline on this occasion.
The road conditions on the Oodnadatt a Track were remarkably good for the entire length and prior to leaving Sydney the only concern we had for the trip across South Australia was flat tyres, however this was soon put behind us as we ventured further along without any tyre issues to be had. If there was going to be tyre problems needing repairs, the only other town on the Oodnadatta Track is William Creek. This town, like Oodnadatta itself, is only a small group of houses, a pub and a fuel stop which also stocks a range of tyres.