Monday, 8 December 2014

White man's hole!

688 kilometres south of Alice Springs, after crossing into South Australia, we reached the isolated mining town of Coober Pedy. Coober Pedy owes its existence to the one thing of value that is abundant out in this desert, Opals, discovered in 1915 by Wille Hutchison. For tens of kilometres before the town small and large piles of rocks start to appear either side of the highway, trenches, pits and holes can be spied. The spoil and remnants of searches for these precious stones.

Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built due to the scorching daytime heat. The name Coober Pedy comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole"!

The border at last, we cross into our second Aussie state

Farewell NT and thanks for all the memories

Our shadow tracking us as the evening shadows grow

What strange moles are these?

A typical Coober Pedy house, constant cool temperatures inside but not much of a view

Unfortunately most of the mines that did tours were closed

But you could noodle for free at this one - noodling is the term used to search for opals in the spoil tips of mines, a licence for which is normally required. Professional Noodlers can make a good living from reworking these spool heaps

Sarah going jewellery shopping

South Australia contains many huge lakes, most however are caustic and completely dry up for years at a time leaving these huge salt pans

We meet the Ghan railway once more with its huge freight trains

And on and on and on...only 800 odd kilometres to Adelaide

1 comment:

  1. Jewellery shopping!! Tee hee hee!! Sarah doesn't do things by halves!!xxx Don't forget about pressie for your friend!! Haha xxxxxxx