Oodnadatta Caravan Park is located at Ikaturka Tce - W , Oodnadatta. Oodnadatta is 1043km north of Adelaide. There are 20 powered and 20 unpowered sites available for caravans, campers and motorhomes. Bookings can be made by telephoning the park and please tell the park that you found them on Caravan Park Photos.
Prior to the arrival of Adam and Lynnie there was really only a marginal tourism interest in the Oodnadatta Track. Adam and Lynnie being travellers themselves recognised the potential for growth and positioned themselves to service the industry as it grew. In fact, both Adam and Lynnie had a hand in the naming of the Oodnadatta Track.
The Pink Roadhouse provides hot food, fuel, groceries, fruit & vegetables, heavy transport, a Caravan Park, tourist information, tyres and repairs, breakdown vehicle recovery and vehicle transport. Good reliable, local road condition information is readily available.
Oodnadatta is an unusal township with a checkered history. Located 1,011 km north of Adelaide via Coober Pedy, or 1092 km via Marree and the Oodnadatta Track Oodnadatta lies just south of Lake Eyre on the edge of the Tirari Desert. With many summer temperatures reaching over 50 degrees Celsius, Oodnadatta is very close to being the hottest and driest town in Australia. The town population of around 150 is 80 per cent Aboriginal, and its people have Aranda, Antakarainnja, Loritja and Pitjantjatjara family ties. The name of the town is probably an adaptation of an Aboriginal word 'utnadata' meaning 'blossom of the mulga'.
Every road leading into Oodnadatta is unsealed and today that means the passing trade is typically 4WD tourists. Oodnadatta however, was once an important stopover point on the Central Australian Railway - the route of The Ghan.
Significant early Eurpoean infrastructure occurred in the region in 1859 when explorer John McDouall Stuart's 1857 to 1862 routes was adopted as part of the Overland Telegraph Line route. During the 1870's the region was utilised extensively by pastoralists. In 1874 the explorer John Forrest camped beneath a large box tree some 8km north of Oodnadatta at Angle Pool Waterhole on a branch of the Neales River. This was probably the start of significant early European discoveries of what the local aboriginals had known for thousands of years, that good quality artesian water was readily accessible throughout the region. The discovery of good water supply meant that Oodnadatta was the ideal railhead for the new Central Australian Railway upon which the famous Ghan train operated from 1891 for the next 90 years.
From this time on, Oddnadatta become rather cosmopolitan in much the same way as many townships in other parts of Australia were suddendly populated on the back of the Goldrushes. Oodnadatta had Chinese, Afghans and attracted enterprising pioneers such as John Flynn who in 1911 designed the Oodnadatta Medical Hostel. In 1928 the railroad was extended further northward and Oodnadatta lost some of its former importance as a railhead. The decision to close the railway line and build the new Tarcoola to Alice Springs railway appeared to herald the end of Oodnadatta for European interests, however the local Aboriginal community were determined to retain the town as their home and still remain today.
You can see satellite view in full screen by clicking the icon in the top right hand corner. Satellite view will also enable you to see the park within the context of the town. The green arrow marks the exact location of the site.