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Published April 28th 2013
Iconic trains, amazing outback & refreshing pit stop
You've been driving for days, you are in outback Australia, surrounded by red dirt (bulldust), flies and parched land. You are in search of fuel for you vehicle and your body, your throat is dry and you need a break. Enter the town of Pimba and Spud's Roadhouse!

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Image from Spuds website


It's one of those moments when you really realise you are in the Australian outback.

There's a shed/water tower/toilet/actually I'm not really too sure what it was, but there is a murder of crows screeching over the roof. You can hear the tumbleweeds roll past and you stroll across the red pebbled dirt to the roadhouse. Upon entering you feel like you have rolled back in time and entered a western movie set.

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The screeching calls of a murder of crows.


The roadhouse is large and cool, the walls are decorated with hundreds of number-plates, and you can't help wondering where they all came from.

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Walls made from number plates and country style.


There are tables to rest at and a cool drink awaits, however, if you are in a hurry to keep going, there are refreshing cool drinks and unusual SA ice creams, flavoured with honey or dripping with fruit juices over creamy ice cream and they are huge - well, at least by our standards.

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Interesting ice creams to soothe the throat.


Upon leaving, you will encounter the vastness of the Australian outback once more, with an enormous expanse of Spud's Roadhouse stretching out into the endless plains.

Pimba is a small settlement 480km's North of Adelaide, South Australia. It consists of a population of around 50 people.

Spud's Roadhouse is named after a locally known character, Spud, who passed away in 2007. Like many outback tales, his story and life is remembered and brought to life through the roadhouse and the many travellers and locals who remember him.

You will find Pimba at the junction of the Stuart Highway and Pimba Road, which leads onto Woomera, Roxby Downs and Andamooka.

Supplies are brought in twice weekly through two of Australia's most iconic trains; the Indian Pacific and The Ghan, from both Adelaide and Darwin.

Woomera (aboriginal word meaning "spear launcher") is the next closest town to Pimba, it is used for the aerospace systems worldwide.

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Endless expanses of Australian Outback.


Phone
(08) 8673 7473

Email
spuds@spudshotel.com.au
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Why? Relive Australian history at Spuds
When: 6am to 10pm 7 days a week with extended opening hours on Friday and Saturdays.
Phone: (08) 8673 7473
Where: Stuart Highway, South Australia 5720
Cost: Free entry
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