Coober Pedy - Day 4
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Sunrise in the dunes heralds and breakfast. Head into Coober Pedy, the famous opal capital of the world. Opal mining dominates the local economy, as nearly 95 percent of the world's opal supply comes from the local mines. We take you underground, and learn the techniques of mining and production in this very worm city.
Temperatures here are so extreme that homes and even churches are built underground to take advantage of a constant 24 degrees Celsius, 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
The hair has grown back, but Coober Pedy remains weird as ever. The town of tunnels, where reclusive residents live in caves, has been seen in many movies. Besides "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Coober Pedy’s credits include Wim Wenders’ "Until the End of the World." Perhaps most noteworthy is "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," not for winning an Oscar, but because it’s the first film to portray Coober Pedy as anything other than a nuclear strike zone.
Ready for the Painted and Simpson Deserts, head northeast back to the Oodnadatta Track across dry river beds lined with Coolabah trees . Set up camp after a walk of a million views, and talk over the day and watch the sun go down as the huge desert red kangaroos bounce by.