Coober Pedy (4th July)

Hello all
Finally made it to Coober Pedy, It was windy and very cold when we arrived, looks like the long summer is over for us, we booked into the Stuart Range caravan park for 4 days, a nice park with the amenities looking updated and clean, the only thing I could complain about is the bay’s are very small expected to have two vans in the one site unless like us you park the car next to the van 🙂
we started our visit by taking a tour around Coober Pedy and the first stop was the underground Café for a couple of coffee’s, bad move as soon as we got through the door we were being pressured to buying opal’s and didgeridoo’s of which we bought none, finally got our coffee for a hefty $15.00 “OUCH”, after leaving there it was a look at the sights.

Underground Church

Underground Church

these are some shots of the underground churches we visited

Catholic Church

Catholic Church

Catacomb Church

Catacomb Church

Then off to the larger than life Mine bucket winch

The Big Bucket Winch

The Big Bucket Winch

we then went for a self guided tour of the old miners museum which was the high light of our look around town, this was only discovered when the owners of the dugout dug a new room for one of his daughters and came across the original mine from which they found a lot of Opal, this was good value for money and a must see when visiting Coober Pedy.

John in the mines

John in the mines

Robyn in the mine

Robyn in the mine

We then went for a 70klm loop drive and had a look at the breakaway’s and dog fence, the Breakaway’s is where Mad Max was filmed and show amazing colours as the sun goes down.

Breakaway's

Breakaway’s

Breakaway's

Breakaway’s

Breakaway's

Breakaway’s

Breakaway's

Breakaway’s

from the Breakaway’s the track follow’s the dog fence to Williams creek road and then back to Coober Pedy.

Dog Fence

Dog Fence

Dog Fence

Dog Fence

There really is some great country around Coober Pedy and will be back to explore some more.

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

After leaving Coober Pedy we headed south and decided to camp at Lake Hart usually a dry salt lake but we found plenty of water in it while there.

Having a quiet drink on Lake Hart

Having a quiet drink on Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Sunset Lake Hart

Sunset Lake Hart

while we were there in the middle of no where I thought I would try taking a panorama of the milkyway over the caravan as there is no light pollution, this is the result 9 photo’s stitched with some light painting on the ranger and caravan with a torch

Milky Way Lake Hart

Milky Way Lake Hart

Lake Hart

Lake Hart

as you can see its a great place to set up camp for a few days, we stayed for 3 only complaint here is the “FLY’S” and there was thousands of them.
from leaving the salt lake the next stop was just down the road Woomera rocket and missal base, ill post more about that next time, so safe travels all and keep well, the Congo’s.

15 Comments

  1. MUMANDAD

    absolutely Beautiful shots. love the milky way. glad to see you got out of the beanie and jacket robyn. lots of love to you both. xxx

    • robyn congerton

      Hi mum and dad,
      yes out of the beanie and jumper but not for long 🙂
      Glad you like the milky way, I think john did an excellent job especially when it was his first try. Xxx

  2. June

    As always amazing pics . We can relate to the flies real well.

  3. Karla

    hello again
    the salt lake looks great I love the photo of you two sitting in the shallow water, how deep was the water ?

    • robyn congerton

      Hi Karla,
      thanks for posting, the water was only about 2 inches deep, mit was quite surreal sitting out there watching the sunset 🙂

  4. Ken

    great post John thanks for your efforts m8, hope you keep this site up when you finish your trip, its a great reference site.

    • robyn congerton

      Hi Ken,
      yes john says he will keep the sight going for any travels we do in the future, glad you’re enjoying the blog.

  5. Christine and Peter

    hi guy’s love the photos and the stories, I too love the milkyway photo just amazing.

    • robyn congerton

      Wow thanks peter, johm is rapt with his comments on the milky way.
      Thanks very much for the positive feedback 😀

  6. linda

    Hi Robyn, John and Jock
    Love the milky way, and the sunset, everything looks amazing, you both look relaxed, looks like you have a new job in the mine Robyn. xx

    • robyn congerton

      Hi linda,
      yep they employed me in the mine to shovel …….. lol
      thanks for posting, talk soon xxx

  7. Rita Henry

    Hi again Robyn and John – loving all your photos, particularly as you are now in our old stamping ground. Glad you loved Central Australia – such amazing country, quite spiritual and full of wonderful surprises. There is nothing like a desert sky at night – you feel you can reach out and touch the millions of stars. And we love Coober Pedy – it’s a unique town, loads of characters and unusual sights. Hope you are enjoying Woomera – that’s another really great place. We are now at Mission Beach in Far North Queensland, savouring the sunshine and warmth as we see the southern temperatures. Keep travelling safely and enjoying the last part of this trip. Regards from us.

    • robyn congerton

      Hi rita and bill,
      We are having a lovely time down this way, think it will be sad and hard to settle down when we get home, but can’t be tooooooo greedy, we have had a fabulous trip and met lots of amazing people who will be life long friends.
      Enjoy sunny qld xxxxx

  8. Amanda cooney

    Omg the churches are amazing so peaceful looking . Looks an amazing place with lots of history . Luv the photo of jock at the dog fence and up n the ledge . You both look good hope all is going okay with Johnny missing you all heaps and safe travels xxx

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