Coober Pedy Travel Blog› entry 10 of 12 › view all entries
It was a long drive from Uluru down to Coober Pedy, and we arrived in the evening with just enough time to go for a pizza and a few drinks. We'd managed to hit (and presumably kill) an eagle, that was feasting on a dead kangaroo in the road, with the bus. It was quite scary to see it with its wings stretched out across the windscreen just before the impact. In the even it hit just above the windscreen leaving a crack, some blood and a few feathers. Hopefully it was a swift death for it.
Coober Pedy is famous for opal mining, and for its underground houses, which were dug to protect the residents from the heat of the sun. We were staying in an underground hostel, which was a nice thing to have done apart from the bedbugs.
We were up at dawn again to watch sunrise over the Breakaways. It's a truly spectacular setting, and the early morning light made the landscape glow bright shades of orange and yellow. The huge mounds of differently coloured rock look like the remains of mining excavation, but apparently the formations are natural.
After the Breakaways we headed to a museum which had a small "opal mine", and an underground house to look at, plus a shop selling opal jewellery. We didn't buy anything.
Our time in Coober Pedy was limited because the guide decided that we would enjoy more a trip to the Flinders Ranges, and so we sacrificed a day in Coober Pedy. I think that she made the right choice; it didn't seem like there was loads to see.