Coober Pedy Oodnadatta One Day Mail Run

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The OKA mail truck

The Coober Pedy Oodnadatta One Day Mail Run is a 4WD mail service in the outback of South Australia.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The OKA mail truck in the desert

Twice a week, the OKA bus travels from Coober Pedy to William Creek to Oodnadatta and then back to Coober Pedy, on unsealed roads. The road between William Creek and Oodnadatta is the famous Oodnadatta Track. The direction of the mail run is reversed on successive trips (that is, Oodnadatta then Coober Pedy). The mail truck carries some general freight and also passengers.[2][7]

The trip takes around 12 hours with stops for meals at William Creek and Oodnadatta. The truck also stops to deliver mail at a number of homesteads, including Anna Creek Station, the world's largest cattle station.[2] Indeed, so large is Anna Creek station, that most of the mail run's route is within the Anna Creek station. When carrying tourists as passengers, it also stops at scenic points including the Dingo Fence and ruins connected with the old Ghan railway.[2]


  1. ^ "Coober Pedy - Oodnadatta One Day Mail Run - A Great Outback Experience".
  2. ^ a b c d "The life of an outback mail carrier on the Oodnadatta track". ABC News. 22 March 2017. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter Rowe travels 600km twice a week delivering Australia Post mail to William Creek, Oodnadatta and remote farming communities". Adelaide Advertiser. 15 October 2016. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Along the outback mail run". Australian Geographic. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. ^ Jones, Erin (15 October 2016). "Postman Pete and his 600km mail run". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Whitby, Tim (March 2016). "Catching the last post with Peter Rowe". Life Force Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Our Community". Williams Cattle Company. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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