Windorah is a small town which features a service station with a blind attendant who actually does very well as he works everything by touch and knows where everything is. Next door is a Café, snack bar and shop, which was closed 12.30 to 2.30 so we had to go across the road to the Hotel where they had no food except mince pies. We ordered 2 pies per person. My pie was still half frozen and I wondered if the team realise how well they are fed at the camp. I was hungry so I ate it gratefully.
That is the town.
After we had had lunch I noticed the shop open. I said she had missed our business and her reply, ‘We only do snacks’ indicated the attitude towards tourists and travelers. I bought water for the trip back.
It is actually a pretty town. The houses are small and attractive and the streets are lined with Boab trees and the road centres are green. It looks good. There is a population of 80 and it is known as a fishing town so there must be a river somewhere.
The map information says there are numerous ruins around, mostly pubs, but I did not notice any. Last time through one of the road trains had sump trouble and we spent a whole day fixing that, with me sitting on a seat by a small grassed picnic area with a hose and tap. The map information also says there are spectacular red sand hills around. I did not see that either.
A landscape of rocky outcrops, multiple sand hills and black soil flood plains make up most of the area surrounding the town. Water in the town follows the outback cycle of boom and bust. During a wet year Cooper Creek may flood more than a half a dozen times, during the dry it becomes a chain of waterholes. Downstream of the town stretches the Cooper Floodplain below Windorah Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for waterbirds when flooded.
Windorah is diverse in many aspects. The temperature may range from maximums in summer that approach 50°C to minimums in winter are below 0°C. The annual rainfall has recorded falls between a low of 86 mm and a high of 988 mm. Other weather extremes include 25 morning frosts in 1977, 10 dust storms in 1987 and four hailstorms in 1985