The Tour

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Serbian Underground Church

Had a tour of Coober Pedy starting at 8.20 this morning, so we were up pretty early. The tour itself lasts around 3 hours and the highlights include the Serbian Church dug out of the sandstone, the golf course, a bit of noodling and the Unooma Opal Mine Museum. Our tour guide was an old prospector who’d been in Coober Pedy since 1973, so he had lots of additional information you probably wouldn’t get from someone who hadn’t been there, done that. If anyone fancies coming out to try their hand, then it’ll only cost you $50AUD for your prospector’s license and $160AUD for the tags to mark out your 50m x 100m claim. Obviously there’s no guarantee you’ll hit Opal, but you’ve probably got just as much chance as everyone else, since other than digging a hole there’s no way of knowing what lies beneath.

Quite Pretty

 

Once the tour had finished we had to get straight back on the road, it was a fair distance to our next stop and it would take 6 hours according to TomTom. Once again the road to full of nothing and the excitement quickly evaporated. The signs warning of cattle after every 20km’s turned into a sort of a challenge, since after almost 200km’s we’d failed to see a single animal (either dead or alive).

 

We arrived at our destination at around 4.30pm, but after filling up with petrol at the nearby filling station it was quickly agreed that this wasn’t the sort of place to stay overnight. It was right next to the main highway and there certainly wasn’t anything to do once we’d hooked the van up. We’d be heading straight to the resort of Yulara which services Uluru.

The golf course
That would put an extra 300km’s (3 ½ hrs) on the journey and after the early start it took multiple shifts at driving to complete.

 

The excitement did get raised about 200km’s from Yulara when we thought we could see Uluru (Ayers Rock), which considering it’s only 350metres high would be remarkable….plus I started getting suspicious at the flat summit, I seem to remember it a little differently from the previous time we’d visited the thing. All was revealed when we got closer in and saw the sign for Mount Conner, which I must say is quite impressive, even if it wasn’t Uluru. I wonder why it isn’t as famous as the other sites around here.

 

We arrived at Yulara just as the sun was setting at around 8.15pm, luckily the shop was still open and we were able to check-in ok. The map of the site said that the sunset tonight would be at 7.15 ish, obviously we’d crossed another timezone somewhere along our journey, maybe when we entered into the Northern Territories.

 

The heat is continuing to rise and the amount of flies is now making it impossible to do anything outside for any length of time.

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Serbian Underground Church
Serbian Underground Church
Quite Pretty
Quite Pretty
The golf course
The golf course
A wind vortex thingy
A wind vortex thingy
Mount Conner
Mount Conner
Coober Pedy
photo by: ice4swervin