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Coober Pedy

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  • Day43

    Coober Pedy und der Opal

    October 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Wo fang ich an? Coober Pedy ist eine Stadt die mit den Opalfunden 1915 wuchs. Da es hier im Februar bis zu 55 Grad heiss wird, verlegten und legen heute noch die Opalsucher ihre Wohnung unter die Erde in die gegrabenen Minen. Man nennt diese "dugouts" (Untergrundhaus). Coober Pedy bedeutet in der Sprache der Aboriginals Kupa-Piti = white man in hole.Read more

  • Day51

    Coober Pedy

    February 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Im Untergrund schlafen in der Wüste, kann man auch mal machen. Wenigstens konnte man so den 40 Grad + entfliehen. 12 Stunden waren wir im Bus dorthin unterwegs. Hatten eine Führung durch die Opalminen mit einer lustigen Aborigine Frau und abends waren wir Pizza essen. Angeblich die beste Pizza im Umkreis von 1000 km. Es gibt hier aber sonst auch keine 😄 überhaupt ist hier rein gar nichts 😁 alle die hier leben, wohnen im Untergrund, da es draußen zu heiss ist!Read more

  • Day31

    Opal Fever

    December 20, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Via de Oodnadata(4wd) track oftewel de lange route langs Williams Creek (10 inwoners) en prachtig woestijngebied / zoutmeren getourd, na de hitte en vervolgens regen is de weg redelijk te doen... af en toe wat glibberig. Verlaten CattleStations, emoes en in totaal 6 tegenliggers in 500 km brengen me in Coober Pedy, waar ik ondergronds kampeer, en van de eigenaar uitleg krijg in zijn eigen opaalmijnRead more

  • Day118

    Coober Pedy 2

    May 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Am Nachmittag habe ich noch eine Runde durch die "Stadt" gedreht bzw. bin die Hauptstraße entlang gelaufen. Die Geschäfte und Shops sind ganz normale Gebäude aber die Kirche ist auch in einen Hügel integriert.
    Anschließend waren wir noch in einer Känguru-Auffangstation. Dort werden zur Zeit 4 ausgewachsene Kängurus versorgt und ein Joey (so heißen Baby-Kängurus) wird von Hand aufgezogen, da die Mutter von Aborigines getötet wurde.
    Zum Abschluss waren wir in einer der besten Pizzerias in Australien und die glutenfreie Pizza war wirklich super lecker 🍕😊.
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  • Day69

    460km auf dem Highway

    February 10, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 34 °C

    Am Heutigen Tag haben wir den bekannten Stuarthighway (er geht von Darwin nach Adeleit) befahren. 🚙🚘🚕🚗🚚🚛🚚⛟. Bereits nach ca 5 km musste unser Funkgerät das schon seit 2 Tagen probleme macht, ausgewechselt werden.
    Auf dieser Fahrt wurde uns die Weite Grösse und Kargheit dieses Landes so richtig bewusst. Halt gab es zum Tanken, Beinevertretten und zum Lunch.
    Am Ende das Tages kamen wir in die Region des Opalabbaues. Das Opalfeld Mintabie wollten wir besuchen da es nach Aussage von Otto bald geschlossem würde. Wieso, das Land wird den Aboriginis zurückgegeben. Erstens das ist bereits geschehen zweitens erzählte uns ein ehemaliger Arbeiter (kein Aborigini) das er seine Heimat am 01.01.2020 verlassen mussten mit einer Abfindung von 5000Dollar. Bereits 14 Tage später war ihr Dorf zetstört. 😕😕😢
    Weiterfahrt nach Coober Pedy. Ca 30km vor dem Ort, erkennt man die ersten Opalfelder. Grosse und kleine Steinhügel die beim Graben/Abbau/ Aushub entstehen sind zu sehen. Die Stadt selber hat ca 6000 Einwohner doch zur Zeit ist es eher eine Geisterstadt. Zum Opaleabbauen ist es zu heiss und Turisten hat es auch nur wenige.
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  • Day70

    Day 70 Coober Pedy

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today we arrived in Coober Pedy, after about 2 days of driving. We had only driven about 3 hours this morning but by the time we arrived in Coober Pedy most of the caravan parks were fully booked out because there was a festival. We did eventually find a non powered site at the Stuart Range Outback Resort where we had stayed on our last trip. You have to pay for the showers here. It is 20c for 2 minutes and very annoying.
    After setting up for two days we decided to check out the Opal festival. It had lots of little market stalls and exhibition tents.
    We found one stall with air rifles and we decided to have a go. Jess went first, and the targets were very far away. After she had finished her five shots I was pretty impressed. The staff looked impressed as well. Next was Ryley. He definitely took his time and I guess all his shots hit the target but he could use a little bit more practice. Then it was my turn. I took my time and concentrated on centring the crosshairs. My first shot was a bullseye right in the middle, second was also a bullseye, third was just out of the middle circle, and forth and fifth missed the centre by literally millimetres. Once I received my target I was amazed. The staff were too. Last was Dad. He got three bullseyes. At the end we added up the scores. Dad got first with 47, I got second with 46, then Jess and Ryley.
    After the festival we checked out an under ground art gallery. While there we were allowed to go 'noodling' on the floor of the gallery. We found some tiny pieces of opal that we were allowed to keep.
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  • Day68

    Het ondergrondse leven in Coober Pedy

    November 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 34 °C

    In Coober Pedy woont 70% van de inwoners onder de grond, omdat het hier bloody hot is (vandaag 40 graden). Perfecte timing om in de bliksem bovenop de campervan te slapen, dachten Annick en ik gisteren. Na nog geen uur begon het helaas hard te regenen en zijn we maar naar binnen gevlucht. Vandaag hebben we een ondergrondse kerk bezocht en ondergrondse koffie gedronken, leuk om te zien! Ook even kangoeroes gevoerd bij het kangoeroe weeshuis. Verder is hier op de Opal mijnen na niet zoveel te beleven, dus morgen rijden we weer verder.Read more

  • Day30

    Heading Bush Day 4 - Coober Pedy opals

    April 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Great start to the day with our first dingo sighting.

    Then stopped in William Creek to look at the memorial park which has the first stage of a rocket used to launch British satellite 'Prospero' from Woomera (west of Coober Pedy) in 1971. The satellite is expected to be in orbit until 2071, which is kinda mind-blowing.

    From there headed through Anna Creek (cattle) Station, which is the largest cattle station in the world - more than 75% the size of Belgium. Having said that I'm pretty sure I didn't see a single cow!

    Coober Pedy translates as "white man in a burrow' which pretty much sums it up. You buy a plot and can hollow out, for opals or living space or both, to within 4m of the boundary. That prevents accidentally burrowing into your neighbour's bathroom. I've wanted to visit Coober Pedy for a few years.
    I treated myself to a small stone 😆

    Better still we got showers!

    After that we headed off to an art centre and kangaroo sanctuary to meet Tommy Crow who is a well-known Aboriginal artist and digeridoo player.

    Camp that night was on the gibber plain just beyond Mount Barry, maybe 40 mins from the Painted Desert - ready for an extra-early start the next day to get there before sunrise. Another flat stony camp, but firmer underfoot than the night before.
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  • Day32

    Underground Hostel

    June 16, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Coober Pedy is famous for having the majority of its homes underground, it helps when it reaches 55* in the summer and into the 0 during the winter. So tonight we are staying in an underground hostel, getting the authentic Coober Pedy experience!Read more

  • Day24

    Coober Pedy - the Outback

    October 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    It's really cold and windy at 05.30. I unearth my kagoule in the end so get some protection whilst we're eating and striking camp.

    We're at the control point in good time for our 08.00 start, despite taking two wrong turns. Rob's in the scout car with me today. It's very busy leaving Coober Pedy at this time of the morning. There's a lot of traffic and a lot of solar car teams need to pass us. It's probably an hour and a half before things settle down. All seems to be going well. We've orchestrated two slick driver changes but the batteries suddenly give up the ghost and the convoy stops to trailer.

    We head for Glendambo to charge the batteries. We're there with the relentless flies for an hour and a half. Finally we set off, only to get caught behind a road train transporting camels. There's time to swing briefly by our first salt pan. So flat, so white, such a magnet for the boys...

    We're heading 150km down the road to a series of conveniently located parking bays so that some of the less experienced drivers can have a chance of driving the car in the Outback for short distances of about 10km each. The first driver has a longer than expected but clear run, the second a shorter run with lots of passing cars and the third has the fun of Rob and I almost completely missing the parking bay as it was not only early but unmarked too. We whip into the far entrance and fly back to the one the solar car will use, assessing it's state as we run. Luckily I remembered to grab the cb radio as we jumped out of the car so we were just able to advise the convoy of the state of the entrance (reasonable) as they approached. Too tight though.

    Then the car is reloaded and we trailer the last 20km to Ranges View rest stop for our night camping in the Outback. It's the same routine with tents and dinner but this time there's a blazing fire and music. There is no light pollution so we can see a galaxy of stars and even the Milky Way strewn across the heavens. It's bloody cold in the tent again. I'm fully dressed with socks and a hoodie but I'm freezing. I swear my sleeping bag spends the entire night trying to spit me out.
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Coober Pedy, CPD, Кубер-Педи

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