Coober Pedy the moonlandings

Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
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Trip End Jun 25, 2009


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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Monday, October 27, 2008

We traveled all the way from Melrose just north of Adelaide to Coober Pedy approx 700km!! This was a big adventure for us and I'm not ashamed to say it but we were a little scared !! We set off a little apprehensively making sure we had lots food, spare fuel and plenty of water !! I had the route planned out and everything ticked off!!  The Stuart Highway was where the main journey started, the DESERT and lots of . There was no fear of getting lost just the fear of breaking down in our little Albert car. You either like desert or you don't and I do.  The landscape changes so dramatically you can't get bored of looking out the window!! We took it in turns to drive changing every three hours and I don't think we really relaxed until; we got to the moon aka Coober Pedy.

What a different landscape all together , white dusty and oh my goodness what a lot of flies!! They get in your mouth, ears everywhere!! James was particularly not a fan!! The campsite was a highlight it was like being in star wars well that was the first thing that came to my mind anyway!! Houses built underground into the rock and underground camping!! which at first was a little strange but the flies didn't come anywhere near you as soon as you went under!! HURRAY!!  Oh and it was so much cooler!!

Coober Pedy is a strange place if not a little depressing at times. The feeling that people are stuck there with no other place to go either by the rush of opal mining or being out casted from a tribe!!

The first impression of aboriginal people is not a good one if you don't understand the reasons behind their situation or position within society! They are drunk and sat at the side of the road ( or possibly carrying a kangaroo tail under their arm) which can feel a little intimidating!! But as you go through the outback and read more about the history or relationship of white people (British) and aboriginals it all becomes a little clearer.

As for Coober Pedy it's definitely worth a visit just to have the experience of the place and the landscape! We visited an opal mine which was interesting and we went to the underground churches there's not much to do but it's an experience.  
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