Coward Springs to Coober Pedy

We really enjoyed our night at Coward Springs which included a magnificent blood red outback sunset followed by a lovely southern hemisphere sky full of stars.

Something that deserves a mention is the eco friendly toilet block. The facilities have been completely built using reclaimed railway sleepers from the abandoned railway.The natural composting bush toilet was ventilated by a wind operated spinning fan and all rain water was collected into a large sealed water butt and then piped back to the wash up area. A solar panel worked the electric for pumping bore water for drinking. We didn’t think we would ever get so excited about a toilet block.

Our first stop today was William Creek. With a population of less than ten it is just a tiny outback town and actually more people fly in than drive in. There is a tiny airstrip where they also run scenic flights from. William Creek is, however situated on the worlds largest cattle station, the 32,500 sq km Anna Creek Station.

There is a timber and corrugated iron pub built in 1887 and it’s just like a giant visitors book adorned with business cards, bras, pants, signed t shirts etc. We stopped long enough to refuel (very expensive) and have coffee.

Just after William Creek we turned left onto the William Creek Road and then it’s another 175km to Coober Pedy. We stopped occasionally to take photos. It’s just such a bizaar landscape. The track stays the same – good and bad in equal parts- so it’s a slow journey.

The first stop in Coober Pedy is as usual the visitor centre where we picked up town maps and info on various campsites. We checked a couple out and eventually decided on Stuart Range Caravan and Tourist Park just on the edge of town. It won the day because it had shaded pitches and mainly because it had a rather nice swimming pool (very handy as the temperature was in the mid 30’s).

We really enjoyed the Oodnadatta Track and William Creek Road. There’s a bit too much scaremongering about the condition of these roads but really all you need is a trustworthy vehicle and a good dollop of commonsense.

As a travel tip, there’s a free mud map issued by the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta that is full of good info and road safety advise.

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