After chatting with a friend in Broken Hill, Chris is persuaded to take the Oodnadatta Track. We would never have thought to do this with our other van, but decided since this van is smaller, lighter and off road, we'd give it a go. It was also great to go on a different road to what we had done before.
This was sunset on our first night on the Oodnadatta track. We had only gone a short way along the track to our stop on the first night as we had driven through the Flinders Ranges and up to the start of the track.
A windmill made into a flower
As you travel along the Oodnadatta track, you would think you are journeying over waterless plains, but beneath them is the Great Artesian Basin. This spring is at Mound Springs. The contrast is just amazing with the lifeless, empty desert behind and a green, lush spring in front of you.
More springs along the track
Driving along, we noticed lots of people had written messages using old railway sleepers (the Oodnadatta track runs alongside the Old Ghan Railway track.) It was VERY easy for us to come up with our message! Our number one memory of the Oodnadatta track will without a doubt be FLIES!!!! We had never experienced flies this bad. As soon as you got out of the car, they attacked you!! When we pulled up for the night, we had to race to the caravan and stay there. They were really that bad! We could venture outside again after dark when they disappeared. Next morning, they were out and about well before sunrise and the fight against the flies started again!!
Algebuckina bridge and waterhole
The next morning we left Oodnadatta and drove towards the painted desert. The morning light is just beautiful as we look across this vast land.
Looking in the rear view mirror you can see why we ended up with dust all through the caravan!! Every stop I had to sweep out all the dust and air out the whole van. There's even dust in all the cupboards, our beds, everywhere!!! Aahhhh!! Oh well, that's what comes with the adventure on dirt roads.
Chris couldn't get over how shiny and healthy the cattle looked along the track, especially considering how little there looked for them to eat!
Panorama of the Painted Desert
More pics of the Painted Desert