Blogs from Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 8th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 5. We started the day with an organised tour which I felt was a waste of money as the tour guide told us everything I had read in the tourist bureau yesterday and all the places we went to we could have gone to ourselves. One thing I did notice and was verified by our ex Opal Miner, tour guide, who looked about 85, had a German accent and walked with an unmistakable miner's stoop, was that the population of about 2000 was represented by 45 different nationalities. So far I have not come across one Australian. In this respect, Coober Pedy is so full of juxtapositions on so many levels. Where do I start. So Australian and so multicultural all simultaneously. I don't think there is a designated dump here ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 7th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Day 4 Log. This morning afforded us a bit of a sleep in without the routine of having to pack up and leave. We enjoyed our new digs and the novelty of living underground for a few days. There were a heap of grey nomads with a difference staying here. They were all on their motor bikes zooming around the desert. If you ask me they should be tucked up at home watching ABC documentaries. Our first stop was the town lookout, The Big Winch, but it was closed and some how we ended up in the neighbour's place. In this quirky place nothing is very well sign posted and when it is, it's just hand painted signs. Now this guy was a real 'old timer' Chinese character. With his deeply lined face, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 6th 2014

We were on the road by 9.00am after a quick stop at Foodland for a few supplies. After about an hour on the Eyre Highway we turned off to hit the gravel for some hard core 4WD time. Well not as hard core as Googs Track which is even more of a short cut (the sand dunes put me off going that way). By taking the 270km gravel route via Kingoonia we were going to save 400km off our time. Do you think alarm bells should have rung when I booked our accommodation in Coober Pedy over the phone, when the lady asked where we were travelling from and when I answered "Ceduna", there was an awkward silence and she responds with "I've never heard of that before"? There was a big sign saying carry an ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy May 13th 2014

For those who are new to this blog if you double click on the first photograph you will get all the photos in a slide show. We headed off from Island Lagoon lookout and headed off into Woomera after having to tighten up a jubilee clip on our water lines, this involved removing part of the bash plating underneath. Water seems to be our nemesis. We wanted some tomatoes and bread so headed off to the supermarket where tomatoes were cheaper than buying them in Clare! $4.10 kg, invested in three and some fresh spinach leaves. Tomatoes on our sandwiches for lunch. Woomera is such a clean and tidy town. Not a thing out of place. We wandered around the outdoor display of rockets and weapons which were developed and launched during the stations heyday. Visited ... read more
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Graham and a rocket
Rockets 2

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy May 4th 2014

Dear Fellow Travellers Finally we’ve set off and our adventure is under way, first stop Coober Pedy. This tiny town oozes charm and personality and if I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was a ghost town with the only visible signs of life along the main street but that is why Coober Pedy is special. Even though it is only a 9 hour drive up the highway being here feels like I’m on a completely different planet (coincidently Coober Pedy has been used in a couple of si-fi movies as another planet). Literally dirt, like no grass anywhere and over 1 million opal mines/holes dug in the area, Coober Pedy is definitely as unique as they come. We spilt our only day between visiting dugouts, wandering the main street and opal shopping. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 20th 2013

Friday 19 July Coober Pedy - Arckaringa & The Painted Desert So today we make our way out of Coober Pedy, an unusual little town with much hidden wealth, I didn't find my precious stone, but then it is like looking for a needle in a haystack, I would stand a better chance if I could dig a 20 foot deep hole though, even though Andy would have happily obliged, and no one would say anything as you are allowed to dig/noodle in the mullock to your hearts content. I forgot to mention a couple of days ago, we were told by one of the locals that young people do not seem interested in mining for Opal, that gave me a little bit of thought, if the miners become less and less then Opal will stay ... read more
The Breakaways
The Castle
The Painted Desert

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 17th 2013

Hi every one, Before you dive in to our latest blog, we just thought we would mention that this one is our 700th Blog entry. I know you will say, so what,! you just write them and we just read them, but 700 entries, we have made. We worked out last night that based on a 40 hour week and each blog taking about 4 hours to produce, equates to 1.35 years of blogging, now that is amazing. Our first blog entries were made on the 30th September 2008, we initially were going to go with AOL for the blog and had published the first five entries on their site when they notified us and advised they were shutting their site down within thirty days, so we needed to go with a new blog provider and ... read more
Rare comodity
Caroline's dirty hands
Noodling

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 15th 2013

Part 3, starting at day 3 of my outback tour. Day 3 Another early start with a long day ahead. At breakfast I discovered something else I like - lemon butter. Yum! You know, I think I could keep a whole blog dedicated solely to food. I'm obsessed. We hit the road, first stop a huge salt lake. The sun was shining and the sky blue, which reflected on the water just beautifully. I climbed a salt hill and we took photos of the salt ground and the rainwater that had partially filled the lake. Millions of years ago, it was the bottom of the sea. Over years the salt has gathered and hardened, leaving a pure salt surface. Was pretty amazing and beautiful. The sun got warmer and I changed into my flip flops. Woo ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy June 28th 2013

hi everyone I am going to uluru tomorrow. I will take as many photos as possible.... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy June 6th 2013

Mad Max 3, they all live underground. A night and day spent in Coober Pedy, Andi very excited about all the OP shops, only to find out they where opal shops. We camped beside, and shared a beer with Max, a 75 year old country singing one man show, he let rip with a couple of his favorite hits, listened to Till and Reuben play the guitar, then passed on some tips. A real genuine old character, this place seems full of them, Highlight of Coober Pedy for Matilda and Reuben, A bag of Roo Poo they found for sale... read more




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