Day Four: Coober Pedy
Isn’t it great waking up in Coober Pedy? How will you be exploring the region?
For a scenic view, head to the Big Winch Lookout, which has a 360-degree view of the town and is home to the large-scale replica of machinery once used to find opals!
While cemeteries aren’t typically a tourist attraction, the Boot Hill Cemetery should not be missed. Discover the quirky stories of past locals and see their interesting graves – an 18-gallon beer keg, a marble headstone for a 16-year-old cat and a miniature castle.
Visit the eccentric home of Crocodile Harry, who’s walls are covered in paintings, sculptures, carvings, knick-knacks and memorabilia of tourists that have been left behind. Interesting fact, the house was used as a set for the movies Pitch Black and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Coober Pedy does have an abundance of tourist destinations to visit; however, we all know the real reason you wanted to visit the region – opals! On the main street, you’ll find the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum where you can try your luck! Australia produces 95 per cent of the world’s opals and the most are sourced through Coober Pedy – so the odds are in your favour.
Day Five: Oondnadatta
Say goodbye to the wonderful place that is Coober Pedy, as you’ll be heading back onto the road. A lengthy 120 kilometres away you’ll find the Painted Desert – the picturesque landscape of hills in a variety of shades, all created through erosion. The camera will be needed to capture its beauty!
Two and a half hours away you’ll reach the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta. This roadhouse offers incredible burgers and is the perfect pit stop towards the Simpson Desert, if another adventure is calling your name! If it isn’t, stock up on supplies and have a rest for the return trip!
Pictured is the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. Image courtesy of Skye Reynolds.