Coober Pedy has a lot of gift shops...

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Monday, May 15, 2006

The second day I had a specific mission: Spend money. I got heaps of opal goodies, such that my gift shopping for at least the next year is complete. I got some really good deals too; prices were up to 75% OFF Sydney prices, but on average about 50% off. Not to mention the favorable "U.S. Discount" due to the fluctuations in exchange rate (it was about 0.75->1 AUD).

Later I went to the Breakaways tour through the motel, which took us all over Coober Pedy, and out into the outback. I'll let the pictures do most of my explaining, but as a bit of a preface, the breakaways is an area that use to be an inland sea, if it were still there we went right to the water's edge (now a cliff) that looked out on the sea (now a gigantic plain as far as you can see.

At this point we headed into the moon plain, where there was randomly a stretch of about 2km with nothing but volcanic rock scattered about, though there are no volcanoes. This is due (scientists think) to shifting earth millions of years ago.

At this point I went back to town, got another pizza, and went to bed early. The next morning I caught the 5:30am bus to Alice Springs. Once I got back to Alice, I had the afternoon free, but there wasn't much left to do. I walked into town, checked out the mall, and did some window-shopping. This is probably the only place that I'd have an aboriginal person approach me to buy a boomerang, in the streets of the mall. Keep in mind that when I say 'mall' I really mean strip mall. The US equivalent of a 'mall' is called a shopping centre in Australia. Then I caught my flight from Alice Springs back to Sydney the next day. Look forward to my next adventure, in Darwin! (Northern Territory).
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