An Outback Experience with a Difference
Travel with the mail man for a personalised tour in a comfortable air condition 4WD vehicle.
Maximum number of 4 people per trip
Running out of the world famous Opal Mining town of Coober Pedy, in Outback South Australia were half the population lives underground.
Situated on the sealed Stuart Highway (Explorer Highway) 846km north of Adelaide and 689km south of Alice Springs.
This tour offers a real Outback experiences, travelling with an Australia Post contractor, delivering mail to the historic outback towns of Oodnadatta and William Creek as well as 5 remote cattle stations, including the world’s largest, “Anna Creek Station”.
The tour travels over diverse country, including gibber plains, red sand hills, and the old ancient inland seabed. It crosses through the world’s longest man-made structure, the Dingo fence.
The tours stops to see relics of the old Ghan Railway Line while travelling the famous Oodnadatta track. This track follows the old Aboriginal trade route through mound springs country and in the footsteps of explorers like John McDouall Stuart, Ernest William Giles as well as following the historic Overland Telegraph Line.
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.
At Oodnadatta we stop at the famous Pink Roadhouse giving you a enough time for a meal as well as enough time to explore the town and visit the Railway Museum. This outpost became a thriving town when the 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 and a meal at the unique outback-bush pub as well as investigating the memorabilia from the railway days and rockets from the days of Woomera rocket range in the heritage park. This once important railway town is known for having Australia’s first solar powered telephone and where the towns population is smaller that it’s nearest neighbour, Anna Creek Cattle Station.
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
Please make sure that I’m aware of where you are staying so I can pick you up on the morning of the tour and that I have your phone number.
Note that we ask that you be ready for pick-up by 8.45am for a 9am departure.
(If I’m not there by 9am please don’t worry as I may still be loading freight. If I’m going to be delayed too long I will contact you.)
On Mondays, the Run travels in an anti-clockwise direction going to William Creek first and Thursdays we travel in a clockwise direction first to Oodnadatta then south to William Creek.
This adventure trip is almost entirely done on unsealed roads.
Note: – If the either the Monday or Thursday is a public holiday, then the mail run goes on the next working day
What to Bring
Shady hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a smile and happy disposition and don’t forget the camera with plenty of film (storage cards) to photograph this arid, diverse and fascinating outback area.
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 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 any time. 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.
Specials on offer
William Creek is also the home to Wrightsair and scenic flights over the spectacular Lake Eyre can be arranged through the Mail Run. (Make inquiries about these flights when booking the Mail Run)