Outdistancing its surrounding very remote localities (Thargomindah to the east, Tibooburra to the south, Innamincka to the west and Eromanga* to the north), Noccundra is a welcome oasis for outback travellers.
But while the area is hostile – Andrew Hume perished of thirst nearby while looking for Leichhardt expedition survivors – the locals aren't. The refurbished hotel (thank you, Kerry!!) with its own airstrip out the front is open for business so modern travellers need not fear suffering Humes fate!
So what's a nice outback hotel doing in a place like this?
The only original building left from the small town that once serviced the area, there's still a small population to manage the hotel and facilities. How many? 'Approximately four', according to tourist information – is it THAT hard to make a definitive count?! But who cares, when the outback hospitality – and meals! - is so good...
Royal Flying Doctor Service will buy you a hot shower, the waterholes – what was left of the river in June 2009 before the drought broke – were a haven for birds, and birdwatching travellers!
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**Eromanga claims to be the furthest outback town from the ocean in Australia!
***Any place neither of us has been to before