Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback VG
54 flindersandoutback.com.au | oodnadatta track USEFUL INFORMATION ON WITJIRA NATIONAL PARK Located 185 kilometres north of Oodnadatta, Witjira National Park includes Dalhousie Springs, the largest complex of artesian springs in Australia, where you can enjoy swimming in one million year-old waters at a constant 37°C. The Springs have National Heritage Listing because of its cultural significance to Aboriginal people, the unique birdlife, and the rare species of fish not found anywhere else in the world. There are some great camping spots and visitor facilities at 3 O’Clock Creek, Dalhousie Springs, Purni Bore and Mount Dare. The Mount Dare Hotel offers fuel, accommodation, some supplies and an airstrip. If visiting the Witjira National Park and the Simpson Desert Reserves for the first time, it’s recommended you travel west to east to take advantage of the gentler upslope to most dunes. You will need to purchase a Desert Parks Pass and be prepared. THE ICONIC OUTBACK WILLIAM CREEK HOTEL OFFERING GREAT MEALS, LUXURY, BUDGET AND CAMPING ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS. SPECIALISING IN FLIGHTS OVER LAKE EYRE AND THE ANNA CREEK PAINTED HILLS. E: firstname.lastname@example.org P:  8670 7880 www.williamcreekhotel.com E: email@example.com | W: www.wrightsair.com.au | P:  8670 7962 WILLIAM CREEK 210 kilometres from Marree map reference D4, page 18 William Creek is a tiny Outback town, found on the world’s largest cattle station. The 32,500 square kilometre Anna Creek Station is part of the Sidney Kidman & Co empire. Located at the halfway point between Oodnadatta and Marree, the entire town is owned by Trevor Wright from Wrightsair, and has its own power supply, as well as cabins and a caravan park. Built in 1887, the William Creek Hotel, is like a giant visitor’s book. Over the years it has been adorned with business cards and hand- scrawled notes. At the William Creek Progress Association, view the outdoor museum with a small collection of rocket memorabilia from the Woomera Rocket Range or take a walk along the Old Ghan Railway line to the Bridge at Breakfast Time Creek. William Creek boasts a bitumen runway, which provides a smooth passage for scenic flights over Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills during all seasons. Take to the skies to see the Painted Hills, a marvel of nature, with colourful, conical formations rising out of the desert floor. The Painted Hills are only accessible by air with flights available from Coober Pedy and William Creek. KATI THANDA-LAKE EYRE Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre National Park is 60 kilometres east of William Creek and can be accessed from the Oodnadatta Track by 4WD via Halligan Bay or Level Post Bay public access routes. You must purchase a Desert Parks Pass permit. Technically the largest lake in Australia, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre spans an area 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide. It rarely fills with water and its salt-encrusted surface shimmers a spectacular white under a clear, Outback sky. One of the best ways to appreciate Kate Thanda-Lake Eyre is from the air which when it is dry, provides expansive, breathtaking views of the inland waterways. Camping is permitted at Halligan Point Campground only (no facilities), while outside the park, Muloorina Station (via Marree) has campgrounds with toilets and some facilities. Visit www.environment.sa.gov.au for more information.
Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide