Coober Pedy Travel Blog› entry 9 of 24 › view all entries
August 29th, 2008 – by: skippyed
First stop this morning was at Beresford Siding. We looked around the old fettlers cottages and the water softener plant then continued on to William Creek. Upon arrival, we headed to the joyflight office to take a flight over Lake Eyre. The office was deserted. The plane was outside, but no pilot! He was nowhere to be found so we ventured into the local pub to find out where he could be. The pub was amazing. It was decorated from floor to ceiling with all sorts of donations from caps to bras, cards, money, you name it, it was stuck to the wall! We passed the time with a drink from the bar and chatting to the barmaid who told us she came up from Adelaide to spend some time in the outback. After an hour or so, still no pilot so we gave up and moved on.
At William Creek we diverted off the Oodnadatta Track and took another dirt track to Coober Pedy. It was a nice drive passing through some lovely desert scenery, the landscape began to change and become more red in colour. Along the way we passed through the dog fence which is a 9600km fence that runs from Surfers Paradise in Qld to the Great Australian Bight in WA. The dog fence was installed to keep the Dingos out of cattle and sheep country in Australia's South-East. Roads that pass through the dog fence are laid with extra wide cattle grids to prevent the Dingos from crossing. While passing through the dog fence, we happened across a group of Emus. We had seen plenty of Kangaroos, but not Emus until now.
We arrived in Coober Pedy in the afternoon and the first thing was to seek out the visitors centre. At the visitors centre, we grabbed some information on various hotels as we hadn't booked anything. We found a nice hotel with underground rooms on a hill overlooking Coober Pedy. We had lunch then I went for an explore up on the roof of the hotel, it was just a matter of climbing a ladder onto a mound of earth and from up there I got good views over the town. I have to say it's an ugly town, not surprising since most of it is underground! For the rest of the afternoon, we had to catch up on laundry so Gay and I wondered the Opal shops while Vaughan and Glen fixed Glen's electrical problem on his car. Coober Pedy seemed a bit dead, a few shops and restaurants looked like they had closed down, it certainly wasn't a buzzing town.
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