The Pink Roadhouse
When in Oodnadata, it's hard to miss the bright and rosey building that is The Pink Roadhouse. Equipped with a pink-sprayed car, pink exterior, interior and deck area, this characterful roadhouse at the gateway to the Simpson Desert is unexpected, yet pleasing to the eye, heart and appetite.
Those seeking a hearty meal will be delighted by the great tucker with an outback twist. The 'Oodnaburger' offers the ultimate bite for hungry travellers, as do the locally sourced Kangaroo and Camel sausages, burgers and steaks.
But the Pink Roadhouse isn't just a pitstop. Comfortable rooms and cabins present drivers with a welcomed break from the road and camping spots are also available. Meanwhile, a cafe kitted-out with local nature and history books, also selling outback clothing and souvenirs, is sure to persuade guests to stay a little longer.
The History of The Pink Roadhouse
The Pink Roadhouse was founded by Oodnadatta locals, Lynnie Plate and her husband, the late Adam Plate.
The couple had moved to the area in the 1970s and began opening businesses in the tiny remote village; a motorbike repair service, snack bar, soup kitchen and shop. Eventually, these provisional stores combined to become The Pink Roadhouse.
When Lynnie was gifted a 1969 Dodge Phoenix by her Dad, the couple decided to have it painted bright pink. They began painting the rest of the Roadhouse in the same colour, in hope of standing out and attracting passing traffic. It was at this point that 'The Pink Roadhouse' began to build a reputation as an outrageously fun place to stay for a few nights on any outback adventure.
Tragically, Adam lost his life in a rally accident in 2012. He is fondly remembered as a true outback legend.
The Pink Roadhouse is now owned by two couples who understand outback hospitality very well. Jennifer and Pete Moore, who previously owned and ran the William Creek Hotel, and Cathie and Ian King who previously owned and ran The Family Hotel in Tibooburra, New South Wales.
The partnership bought The Pink Roadhouse in 2020 and continue to uphold the legacy of this famous stop by providing essential supplies, beautiful meals, and a big splash of outback colour along the Oodnadatta Track.
Must Try Experiences
- Drive a section of the Oodnadatta Track, which follows a traditional Aboriginal trading route
- Choose a delicious meal from an outback inspired menu
Getting to The Pink Roadhouse
Pink Roadhouse via Cooper Pedy
Those visiting Oodnadatta from Cooper Pedy can take Kempe Road for almost 200km before arriving in the remote village. The drive takes around three hours.
Pink Roadhouse via Marree
Using the Oodnadatta Track for 400km, drivers can reach the Pink Roadhouse in approximately five hours. 4WD vehicles are highly recommended.
This is my favourite roadhouse ever. I loved it so much. The pink made it 1000x better! They have amazing food and souvenirs, and a lovely caravan park! Loved it so much!