Central Australia Trip Report #6

Oops! It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these! I had them all written by the start of September…but general busy-ness has prevented me posting – just as it delayed my completion of the writing.

So, last time, Day 5 ended with us rolling into Algebuckina Bridge camping area. Day 6 begins here.

Day 6

The next day, I was up early, so I went to explore.

We’d camped beside the Algebuckina Creek. According to an information booklet, it’s never run out of water since it was discovered. Or something like that…

The campsite was really just a spot to camp, without facilities. All necessary things had to be provided by the campers (us), which was an experience.

After breakfast, we drove around to see the actual bridge. The Algebuckina Bridge is disused now, but when in operation it was the longest rail bridge in South Australia at 583m.

Womble sits with the railway cart information board for Algebuckina Bridge

It’s nice enough, I guess.

We soon drove on. We were aiming for Oodnadatta and Marla today. On our way to Oodnadatta, we saw the grader at work repairing the track, which was good – less bumpy track, hooray.

When we arrived at Oodnadatta we were pleased. We stopped at the famous Pink Roadhouse, where the walls, tables, chairs and other furnishings are various shades of pink. Like the roadhouse at William Creek, it functions as a fuel station, pub, general store/grocery, hotel/campsite area – and post office!

We bought postcards to send back home. We also bought lunch – six of the famous “Oodna-burgers” with a side of chips, coming right up!

Large burger in bun with tomato, lettuce, bacon, onion and sauce, next to side of hot, thick chips sitting on a plate on the pink outdoor table. Background is a green woollen jumper and Hufflepuff scarf on the photographer.

Then it was back on the road, for the last stretch of the Oodnadatta Track. I’d read somewhere that this was the supposed to be the best bit, but it turned out to be the worst. Oops.

Finally, as the sun set, we turned off the Track onto bitumen road again. After 621km, we’d made it.

Hello Stuart Highway!

Taken as sun setting of red-orange Track, green-orange scrub and green sign with distances and directions on Stuart Highway: Coober Pedy and Port AUgusta to the left, KUlgera, Alice Springs and Marla to the right

We kept driving and soon reached Marla. Which has apparently only existed as a township for thirty-five years….

Their campsite was full, so we pressed on to a rest stop closer to Alice Springs.

 

 

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