Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opal HQ! Rest Day at Coober Pedy

What a unique town - set in a dust bowl, surrounded by 5000 sq miles of opal mines and their conical heaps of tailings!

It even has an 18 hole golf course that doesn't have a single blade of grass!

Opals were discovered in 1915, and the town evolved. It now supplies 85% of the world's opals!

The name Coober Pedy comes from the aboriginal, kupa piti, or "white man in a hole".
We visited the Old Timers' Mine, wandered through the tunnels, visited the mine's museum and an underground house. Many of the local buildings are part or completely underground and keep a steady temperature of around 25 degrees C year round.

Feeling relaxed - and clean at last. Ready for the next long haul to Alice!
PS. Collected 18 mozzies bites at our last bush camp!

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