Over the decades countless grey nomads have grown to love the sight of this oasis in the desert. Thousands have luxuriated in the waters of the natural spa, enjoyed the camaraderie of one of Australia’s most unique campsites in Australia, and now they have the chance to go one better … and own it.
The iconic Coward Springs property on the Oodnadatta Track at Marree has just been listed for sale by Ray White, Port Augusta with the price to be decided ‘by negotiation’.
The 234-hectare property, which was originally established back in 1880, was bought by current owner Prue Coulls in 1991 and she then set about building up the business. Now, however, she says the time has come for her to move on, and she is looking for someone with an adventurous spirit to take over the word famous patch of South Australian desert.
“It’d be great for someone with an adventurous spirit, someone that is prepared to give something a try, someone that likes to be a bit remote and loves the outback,” she said. “Who wouldn’t love living out here, the outback is such a fabulous spot, once you have the Outback bug you have it forever, it’s a hard place to leave.”
The current owners have turned the Cowards Springs campground into a must-stay attraction for anyone travelling the Oodnadatta Track, but they have managed to conserve the old Ghan railway heritage. The toilet and shower blocks have been built out of recycled railway materials, while two heritage sandstone railway buildings – the Engine Drivers Cabin and the Station Masters House – have been lovingly restored and converted into a museum and home respectively.
As many grey nomads will know, the sheltered campsites are set amongst historic trees including date palms planted in the 1880s, and the bore-fed pool is the ultimate place to wash off the dust and the rigours of a long Outback drive.