Blogs from Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy November 13th 2015

Thursday 12 November continued We arrived at Coober Pedy bus station and were very pleased to see that the hotel shuttle was there waiting for us. Pat had asked if this was possible in the booking process, but we weren't sure if it would happen. Turns out that the town centre area isn't that big and everything is only 5 minutes away. That said our arrival greeting and journey to the hotel was very helpful and informative. Just in case you don't know by now the town is the Opal mining centre of the world, and Pat likes Opals. There are small and large spoil heaps for mile after mile of the drive in to town. After plenty of information was given to us about the hotel and opal mining, we were taken to our room. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy November 12th 2015

Thursday 12 November After a great day yesterday at Uluru and surroundings, we had set the alarm for 8 am to get ready for our journey to Coober Pedy. Pat had stayed on the coach yesterday during the walks as she is not quite up to full strength yet, but was pleased we had managed to get to see Uluru and a sunset. There were at least ten coaches at the designated area at sunset, so several hundred people, mostly from the tour company AAT, in our huddles around the respective bbq's and the obligatory glass of champagne - not for me of course. Forgot to mention one of the things we saw yesterday was a herd of wild camels, about 15 of them. Our visit to the Bath Street Medical Centre on Tuesday to see ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy October 24th 2015

Continued from previous entry... Day 4: We “sleep in” till about 9 in the van. It’ still raining so we decide to get outta here and head north towards the desert, assuming it won’t be raining up there. Our destination for today is Flinders Ranges National Park, about 2.5 hours north of where we are now. We hit the road and drive through a little bit of rain before arriving in the little town of Quorn. Sounds like “corn.” Nimarta has spent two nights here before on her previous trip to the Outback. In fact she celebrated her New Year’s 2012 here. It’s a bit more vibrant than the other little towns we passed through yesterday, but still not much going on. We use the public bathrooms to wash up, fill up on gas, and get ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy August 6th 2015

Recently, I spent a weekend in Coober Pedy, Australia . It was an eventful weekend. Here is my review of some of the notable attractions and things to do in Coober Pedy. AttractionsThere are a wide variety of Coober Pedy tourist attractions to keep you busy over a weekend trip. I am a history fan, so I began my weekend visiting Saint Peter and Paul's Catholic Church. The church is underground, and was historically used by... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy March 4th 2015

Hello family, Friends and bloggers, After a rubbish night sleep outside in my swag (Neil slept sound as he had the large double swag and loves it outside), we all woke at 4.30am to leave by 5.30am after rolling up swags, getting dressed and having our normal standard breakfast. We were walking around the 10.6km perimeter of Uluru this morning before 6am. The sun came up on the east side about 6.15am. The views were amazing, we had our whole last 3 day itinerary changed as the weather was too hot to do the walk on the first day so we have been playing chase since then!!! We completed the walk by 8am (good going even with this annoying Ozzy girl who was slow as a snail). We hit the rode by 8.30am for a 9 ... read more

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

Yesterday was still a Southerly wind, although a bit lighter and a top of 240C expected. We decided to have a rest day and catch up with the housework, which we both did together. Barry then had a rest while I went into the sunshine and sorted the opal dirt Stella had given me yesterday. I found quite a few tiny chips of colour and a couple of larger stones with a small touch of colour hiding in it. Nothing usable as gems but pretty and fun to have found myself Today the wind is still going to be a headwind today but not very strong. Barry has decided we can’t stay here forever and is anxious to move on towards Woomera. We went to the public dump point in Coober Pedy to get rid of ... read more
Lake Hart at Sunset
A Treeless Plain Along the Stuart Highway
A Red-backed Kingfisher

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

The wind today started as a strong Northerly then at about 10.45am swung around to the South. At 11.42am we had a really fierce gust, which Barry checked on his phone and found was 70kph. It raised even more dust than we’d been having for the last few days causing clouds of red dirt to pour down the road behind us and almost completely hiding the hills at the edge of town, which could see clearly – usually! The pigeons that normally come down foraging had to stay on the ground, or they were being blown sideways and getting nowhere fast. We stayed in the van until the worst of the dust storm was over and then went to fill up the ute at the cheapest place in to. It was originallwn, we were told, Opal ... read more
The Dust Storm, Coober Pedy
Faye's Underground House
Faye's Underground House Pool

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy October 5th 2014

We were up at 6am and out by 7am today as we wanted to see the Breakaways while the early morning sun was still on them. We approached from Cottonbush Creek Road, not the way we’d come during the tour, and we found out why – as the sun was in our faces and not illuminating the rock faces at the first two lookouts. The third one was much better and showed some wonderful colours, including the Two Dogs (otherwise known as the Castle). They are one white mound sitting next to one yellow mound with a pointed brown cone nearby, which is their owner in Aboriginal stories. We then followed the track down onto the plain at the bottom of the formations where we could see the back of them in full sun and really ... read more
The Castle or Papa (Two Dogs)
Layer upon Layer
Old Timers Opal Mine

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

We left Cadney Homestead at 9.40am and hit the road for Coober Pedy – corrugated as it was. The council also repaired the bitumen on both sides to smooth out the surface. It looked very odd as the two sides were covered in green pebbles and the centre still had the original brown colour stones and the white lines had been left, too. This meant that the road was brightly colourful and the white lines really stood out. One Rest Area we went into was already occupied with a motorbike rider in full leather kit. I chatted with him and found out that the T-shirted riders I’d seen yesterday were taking part in a race to Uluru from anywhere around Australia. Each rider had sponsors who paid a small amount for each of the kilometres they ... read more
Wild Flowers on the Way to Coober Pedy
Our first  Glimpse of Opal Mines
Coober Pedy

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
Coober Pedy Golf Course
Front Yard in Coober Pedy
Underground Serbian Orthodox Church

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