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Aug 22, 2018 - Coober Pedy - are we still on Earth?

Driving into Coober Pedy you could be excused for thinking "are we still on Earth" as this place truly has to be be seen to be believed.The treeless landscape is covered in small conical hills. It is a fairly inhospitable environment with hardly any rainfall. No wonder movies like Mad Max III, Pitch Black and Red Planet were filmed here. Many of the inhabitants live underground in caves which are either abandoned mines or homes dug specifically to live in. Coober Pedy actually means "White Man in a hole" in the local Aboriginal dialect....

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Jun 10, 2018 - Day 8. Cadney Homestead roadhouse.

Day 8. We are staying here for an extra day as we are not expected at Yulara for a few days and we are running early. Anyway at the princely sum of $25 per night for a powered site with water and fantastic amenities it is quite ok. Bob fixed his leak yesterday and as fortune would have it we found a leak from the front window of our van. So Bob was contracted to fix that, he did a great job, we hope as we haven’t had any rain as yet. A generally relaxing day was had by all. We managed to have our dinner al fresco which was very nice. After...

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Jun 9, 2018 - Day 7. Bon Bon rest area to Cadney Homestead. 310 Km.

Day 7. We did stop at Coober Pedy on our way to Cadney Homestead so the map can pick up our trip. Cadney is 150 Km north of Coober Pedy. The weather has improved and we are now in lighter clothing. Called into Coober Pedy for fuel, $1:62 per litre for distillate. Had morning tea in a pizza shop and then headed north again. The landscape of the opal mining town hasn’t changed much since our last visit three years ago. We arrive at Cadney roadhouse in lovely sunshine and decide to take a powered site, actually later we decided to stay two...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Port Augusta to Bon Bon Rest Area about 170kms south of Coober Pedy.

Up and away by 8.30. Terry still not well but we make good time considering it is still raining and while the road it clearly visible, the scenery is hard to see through the misty rain. We stop at Glendambo for fuel and lunch, then on the road again heading for our free camp at Bon Bon Rest Area. We note that there as many vans heading south as north and wonder why people are going to cold areas?? It has been very cold today and windy. We reach our stop by 3pm and set up and make a cuppa which we have at one of the picnic tables,...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Opals

Not much going on today. Woke up before the crack of dawn... 430am. It was an 8hr drive to Coober Pedy. It's another small town that supplies the world with opals. Toured a deep mine and even stayed in a bunker/room underground. I guess most places to stay are underground because they stay cool without a/c.

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Jun 15, 2017 - South Australia - Desert Country

12 June - South Australia - Desert Country A noisy night, we weren't far from the Roadhouse's generator, but we were so tired we managed to sleep through it. All the roadhouses we have camped at have had generators that run for 24 hours, just the noise level varies between them depending how well insulated the shack is. It's just the way they do things here. We eventually got going and hit the Stuart Highway heading south, the railway ran alongside for a while before heading out across the desert. We turned off on to the Painted Desert...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Apr 5, 2017 - Riding the washboard.............

KMS to date - 1,090 (500 on gravel / washboard) The cycling ˋẀeek from Hellˋ. Picture this................it’s 40C, your bike is buried up to the axles in soft red sand, all your energy is taken to lift and drag the 120LB bike out to firmer ground before you can ride maybe 2KM and repeat the exercise. Oh, by the way there are 2 million flies around your head (vying for moisture around your eyes, nose and mouth) and sweat is pouring off you. This has been our last week in the outback. We passed through the communities of Marree (Hergott...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Around Coober Pedy

Today we decided to have a day to look around Coober Pedy ourselves. First stop was the Giant Winch and lookout which gave good views of the town and surrounds. Then we went down to the Óld Timer's Mine' which is both a museum of an old 100 year old mine showing what it looked like as a house in the 1920's and then in the 1970's when it actually was a house and working mine. Very interesting. We then went to Josephine's Art Gallery which had some wonderful aboriginal paintings and art work. We purchased a painting from the artist- Tommy...

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Oct 2, 2016 - A tour of Coober Pedy and the Breakaways

Had a quiet morning except for the horrendous wind which was responsible for blowing out the window in the top loft. Lucky for duct tape to hold it in until we get to Adelaide to get it fixed (hopefully). Spent the afternoon on a 5 hour bus tour around the town and out to the breakaways hills where Mad Max III was filmed (in much drier times since the country is unusually green everywhere). Some great views and a photo stop at the dog fence on the way back to town. Learnt about the old times of mining and the new open cut methods. The bus...

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Oct 1, 2016 - A beautiful day to Coober Pedy

Left early and headed north to Coober Pedy. What a drive of contrasts - salt lakes and low level ranges on the way to the Woomera turn-off and then into the red desert type country mostly to Coober Pedy. There is a small township called Glendambo about half way where we had to fill up again due to the high head winds we experienced. It was only 540kms but we averaged over 16l/100km instead of 11 or 12. We had lunch here and then headed on to Coober Pedy - about 50kms out you see the little domes of the mines everywhere. Arrived at our...

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Jul 16, 2016 - A four chop day

It was close to 12 when I got to Port Augusta for a quick veggie shop and some diesel. Not keen to find my way around Coober Pedy in the dark I decided to drive at the speed limit and the clearing sky made me hopeful as I turned onto the Stuart Highway - Lara and I could do that. But there was a road train a little way ahead, going 90. Donna had warned me to be careful passing road trains (she grew up in Darwin). ‘They’re long’. ‘Babe, I won’t be passing any, I’m a granny driver. I’ll be tucked in behind it listening to my music.’ I had no...

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KW Darwin and beyond

Jun 21, 2016 - Cooper Pedy

Up the centre 21.6.16 Cooper Pedy Water here is scarce, and because it has to go through a special treatment, there are no open taps for the public to use. Showers are 20 cents for 2 minutes. If you want to fill the van tank it is 20cents for 40litres. Enough to stop people wasting water. Today we went on a 5 hour bus trip. It was really worth it as we went to places we wouldn't have, if we drove ourselves. The man who owns the caravan park we are in, has started excavating a home for himself in a hill side. We were able to see this, and...

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