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Coober Pedy

 

 South Australia

 

Coober Pedy is the "Opal Capital" of Australia, set in a rather dry, desolate and hostile environment. Coober Pedy comes from Kupa meaning 'white man' and Piti meaning 'hole'. It is translated from Aboriginal to "white fellow's hole in the ground", which suitably reflects the way in which most people live. Many of the people live in dugouts due to the extreme climate conditions within the area. Mining started in 1915 and is still going on now. If you'd like to give fossicking a try then head down to the Jeweller's Shop opal field. Even if you aren't lucky you can always buy one as a souvenir from the shop and pretend that you found it. There is also an interesting display within the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum which is in the town centre, and an underground home in the Old Timers Mine.

 

Coober Pedy was made famous not only for its opals but also by the film Mad Max III. You can visit Crocodile Harry's that also featured in the film, which is a very unique dugout house. Travelling further north slightly you can also visit 'The Castle' which is a white and yellow formation amongst the Breakaways Reserve. (You can buy permits from the tourist office in Coober Pedy). You should also head out to the Big Winch that has a great lookout over the town. There are also several trips around the opal fields and the town itself, as well as an interesting mail run into small rural communities and other interesting things to do in Coober Pedy.

 

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Australian opals from Coober Pedy.    Copyright - Flickr - BozzyD200

 

 

Coober Pedy town sign at dusk.    Copyright - Flickr - BozzyD200

 

 

 

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Town sign.

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Truck-mounted blower.

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The opal fields of Coober Pedy, South Australia.    Copyright - Flickr - Keith McInnes

 

 

 

Warning sign for tourists.

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The Breakaways near Coober Pedy, SA.

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Australian outback road-train triple.

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Coober Pedy township, South Australia.

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Windmill shadow.

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The Breakaways near Coober Pedy, SA.

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Australian outback road-train triple.

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Coober Pedy township, South Australia.

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AMAZING FOSSILS

 

A brilliant creationist comic book that challenges the

 evolutionary idea that fossils are millions of years old. Ideal

to give away to students who may never otherwise read

creationist material. Great reading to get a simple and clear

understanding of the subject, and kids also enjoy them.

 

Comic Book

 

 

 

 

Buy or sell opals at Coober Pedy.

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Underground living in a hot land.

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Tunnels in a tourist opal mine.

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Preparing explosives in a working opal mine.

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Underground church, Coober Pedy.

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Air vent, underground church, Coober Pedy.

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5 Ways To Kill Fear  by the Skit Guys comedy team

 

Speaking in public, going bald and gnomes…we all have fears. Watch as the Skit Guys go through 5 ways to kill fear in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

Underground church, Coober Pedy.     Copyright - Flickr - Celetmic

 

 

 

 

Exploring a tourist opal mine.

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Underground living.

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Underground living.

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Underground living.

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Crashed space ship - it will never fly again!     Copyright - Flickr - Chris & Abi

 

 

Abandoned vehicles are a common sight around the town.    Copyright - Picasa - The Bournivals

 

 

Abandoned vehicles are a common sight around the town.     Copyright - Flickr - BozzyD200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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