Oodnadatta is a small town in the South Australian desert, about 1000km north of Adelaide. In 1872, the Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin passed through Oodnadatta. Oodnadatta was proclaimed a township in 1890. Soon after in 1891, the railway line from Warrina to Oodnadatta was opened. Oodnadatta became an important railhead, with mail for Alice Springs being carried there from Oodnadatta by camel train.

After The Ghan railway line closed in 1980, Oodnadatta has become much smaller.

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