Coober Pedy

Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
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Trip End Dec 10, 2008


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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sept 3rd 2008
Morington Swamp NSW
4:00pm

On the way into Coober Pedy you drive past the "dog fence", which is the only fence of its kind in the world, designed to keep a certain wild animal out of most of the state of South Australia. It is hard to see it you are not looking for it, it pretty much looks just like a cow fence except higher and dog proof, hence the name! You also get to see all of the little or big piles of dirt from the tunnels and mines that people have dug looking for opal, they are everywhere and the whole town is pretty much fenced off so you don't go wandering around and fall in, pretty neat.
We were going to stay in an underground house, but there are $100.00 per night for the cheapest one. We looked inside them and really there are just hotel rooms with no windows! Instead decieded to do a tour of the 'old timers' mine (and stay above ground at a caravan park). It was sensational! You really get a glimps of what it must have been like to discover opal and the hard work that it takes. WOW.

We had pizza for the first time in Australia and it was wonderful, especially since it is freezing here at night and we are not really thinking about cooking at all outside. Appearently it gets to be 50C in the summer, not a place you want to hang out just for the fun of it!!

All the best

K & K
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