Coober Pedy-Oodnadatta-William Creek One Day Mail Run
Travel with the mailman delivering mail to the historic
outback towns of Oodnadatta and William Creek as well as remote
cattle stations including the world’s largest, “Anna
The tour travels over diverse country, including gibber plains,
red sand hills, and the 120 million year old ancient in-land
We stop at Oodnadatta. This out-post became a thriving railway
town when the transcontinental railway reached there in 1891.
Famous for its teams of Afghan Cameleers who loaded mail,
freight and travellers for transportation further north to
places like Alice Springs.
At William Creek you can have a drink at the unique outback-bush
pub or at the Dingo Café with its memorabilia and old
photos of the area. This once important railway town is known
for having Australia’s first solar powered telephone
and were the towns population is smaller that it’s nearest
neighbour Anna Creek Cattle Station.
We also go through the world’s longest man-made structure,
the Dingo fence. Stop and see the old Ghan Railway Line while
travelling up the famous Oodnadatta track. This track follows
the old Aboriginal trade route and the footsteps of explore’s
like John McDouall Stuart, as well as the historic Overland
Learn about Lake Eyre and the Great Artesian Basin, the
arid land pastoral industry, the famous Afghan Camel Drivers,
outback fauna and flora, Aboriginal heritage and early pioneers
of the area.
The mailmen, are experience outback operators, that have
lived and worked in the area for most of their lives and are
well known to the locals and conduct this run twice weekly.
Please Note:- This is an Australia Post contract and while
we have to keep to a time table, this is flexible, making
sure that there is time to stop for photos and short walks
at points of interest as time allows.
Place of Pick Up
The Mail run leaves from Underground Bookshop in Coober Pedy
at 9.00am on Mondays and Thursdays and we ask that you be
there by 8.45am. We also return you to your place of accommodation
on returning to Coober Pedy.
On Mondays the Run travels in an anti-clockwise direction
going to William Creek first and Thursdays we travel in a
clockwise direction to Oodnadatta first. (See Map)
This adventure trip is done on unsealed road.
Note: - If the either the Monday or Thursday is
a public holiday, then the mail run goes on the next working
What to Bring
Shady hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a smile and happy
disposition and don’t forget the camera with plenty
of film to photograph this arid, diverse and fascinating outback
While meals are not provided on this trip, they are available
at both Oodnadatta and William Creek. You are also welcome
to bring your own food. We also carry plenty of good drinking
water on board the vehicle.
We travel in comfortable air conditioned 4WD Vehicles
For your safety all of our vehicles carry Satellite Phones,
UHF Radios and First Aid Kits.
Please Note: - Due to unsealed roads and in the event of
unfavourable weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel
or change the itinerary in the interest of passenger safety
at anytime. We also accept no responsibility for any personal
expenses incurred by delays caused by breakdowns, adverse
weather conditions or these actions, or for the loss or damage
to personal effects during the tour.