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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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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy June 5th 2013

Would not like to a dog out here!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy February 19th 2013

Vervolg op deel I Op een 300 tal kilometer stapte een deel van onze groep over op een andere bus voor het 2de deel van de tour dat zou eindigen in Adelaide. Er bleven maar 11 mensen meer over, wat voor een pak meer comfort zorgde op de bus. Onze gids voor het 2de deel was de Australiër Peter James, een echte “Aussie bloke” en zo zot als een achterdeur maar wel zeer geïnformeerd over het gebied waar we doorreden en over Australië in het algemeen. Hij maakte dat deel van de tour heel aangenaam. We reden met onze nieuwe bus door tot in Coober Pedy, afgeleid van Kupa Piti - Aborginees voor 'witte man in gat'. Dit alludeert op het feit dat de blanken die hier opaal kwamen mijnen in hun mijn leefden en sliepen. ... read more
tamme Kangoeroe
Clare Valley wijngaard
rock-wallaby

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy December 18th 2012

We stayed in luxury last night at the Crowne Plaza in Alice Springs. We started the day with a buffet breakfast (included in the price). We then waddled to the car and drove to Coober Pedy. We are staying at the Caravan Park. We haven't decided yet where we will spend our last night but will let you know tomorrow.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy November 20th 2012

When we crossed the border into South Australia, it seemed like we hadn’t spent much time in the Northern Territory at all! But then much of the NT will be covered during part 2 of our trip :-) With a new state came our second time change; not that we’re all that concerned with what time it is though… The oddly named town of Coober Pedy is known as the opal capital of the world. Australia has 95% of the world’s supply of commercial opal and the largest percentage still comes from the 70 opal fields around Coober Pedy. Some fellow travellers had told us that it was an awful place to be bypassed at all costs and others had hailed it as fascinating. As it turns out, it’s actually fascinating and not nearly as bad ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy September 3rd 2012

3rd September 2012 We left our Ayers Rock Resort campsite just after 8am. We fueled up at Erldunda and continued to the NT/SA border rest area, where we met Mum and Dad as planned. They have travelled down slowly from Alice Springs since having their hitch repaired the day we drove to Kings Canyon. We continued south, camping in the rest area 35km south of Marla. The rest areas in South Australia are not as well set up as those in the Northern Territory, as the NT ones usually had water, picnic tables and toilets and the SA ones do not. However we found a fairly quiet spot and had a campfire. Mum made golden syrup dumplings for dessert. 4th September 2012 We continued towards Coober Pedy, across vast flat desert land with sparse, low vegetation. ... read more
Coober Pedy dust
Riba's campground
Old Timers Mine Tour




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