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G22 + goods train, Ooldea, 1919.jpg
A wood and water train in Ooldea, 1919.
Ooldea is located in South Australia
Coordinates 30°27′33″S 131°50′08″E / 30.459139°S 131.835615°E / -30.459139; 131.835615Coordinates: 30°27′33″S 131°50′08″E / 30.459139°S 131.835615°E / -30.459139; 131.835615
  • 863 km (536 mi) from Port Augusta
  • 143 km (89 mi) from Eyre Highway
LGA(s) Pastoral Unincorporated Area
State electorate(s) Giles
Federal Division(s) Grey

Ooldea is a tiny settlement in South Australia. It is on the eastern edge of the Nullarbor Plain, 863 km (536 mi) west of Port Augusta on the Trans-Australian Railway. Ooldea is 143 km (89 mi) from the bitumen Eyre Highway.

Being near a permanent waterhole, Ooldea Soak, the area was frequented by Aboriginal peoples, and was the site of a camp for railway construction workers in the early 20th century, and the Ooldea Mission from 1933 to 1952.

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