Day 4

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 04, 2010

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

We had to hit the road early to make Coober Pedy before Bill's telephone interview at 1:00pm! We left by about 7:00am and headed north we drove past the roadhouse on the way back to the main road & where most of "caravan city" seemed to be just starting to stir. We had a quick fuel stop at Glendambo which is the only town between Woomera (Pimba roadhouse) & Coober Pedy had a game of tiggy then continued on our way. The landscape was again changing all the way first scrubby & red dirt then low level trees & less red then what looked like an asphalt car-park in disrepair with weeds growing through. There was a major landmark of an emergency phone & maybe 2 or so rest stops other than that NOTHING!! Passed a few road-trains heading South which rocked us about a bit but finally arrived safe & sound in Coober Pedy at 11:15ish. We checked out the 3 caravan parks and decided on the Stuart Range Family Park because it was a little out of town (after seeing a few of the locals thought it might be a bit safer!) Coober Pedy?! What can you say? Clearly they don’t like tourists. After Bill had his 90 MINUTE Ph interview we headed into town starting with the information centre! Logical decision you would think? NOT! when we asked about heading out to William Creek we were told the information desk was unattended today & she worked in local council!! So in my very best sarcastic tone I suggested perhaps Fridays were a day not to visit the area her reply being No Fridays normally OK just not this Friday!!!!! ! Ahhhh feeling better after venting! Coober Pedy…. We visited an Opal Mine but didn’t go on the tour as Liam was frightened witless so went for a drive after getting some tourist info from the friendly lady at the mine. We went to an underground Church & a tour of the backstreets where a “local” was trying very hard to walk in a straight line but was having a few issues! Thought it might be best to stay on the Main St so as to avoid running over any “Local folk” and headed for the supermarket. First glance looked a little like it was closed down but it was open just trading a little lighter with most with basic toiletries/panadol etc locked in a cupboard at the front counter! We then topped up fuel (149.9 now for diesel) & headed back to camp did 3rd load of washing (what holiday?!) & got PIZZA for dinner from caravan park get better than Italian caravan park owners who make Pizza! Now sit & enjoy serenity! Quiet & clear night…off to bed now early start to get out to William Creek can’t wait!..... Mad Mackay Mob
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Robbo on

There is a haunting loneliness about the Australian outback it is quite magnificent. When I was a liile boy nearly 12 in 1951 mind you! My strongest
sensation was of being awake at 5am in the bathurst migrant hospital
Clear blue sky's Blackbirds warbling in the the gum trees this then little 11stone
pom new he had arrived this was his country and whoe behold any one trying to take it off me.
Your right I wish I were there.

Bon Voyage relax and enjoy give the kids a hug from me

Best wishes Brian

Al on

I don't think there is anything but a pub at William Creek. You will have been there and back by the time you read this. I went up the Oodnadatta track on a motorbike and drove through town before I realised I was there. Had to turn around and come back. Also the road from there to Coober Pedy was pretty terrible so I hope theve done something about it!
Have a great time!

mum and Dad (Nanna & Grandad) on

Can't ait to hear about Lake Eyre! You are doing well describing the countryside. We can almost feel the nothingness and see the red soil and scrub. Missing you all but keep on having a great time. Love all 4 of us - Mum, Dad, Nanna and Grandad!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

pauline walsh on

Welcome to the outback! Still a long way to Darwin! Coming from Melbourne you'd never think there was that much space. And the people you meet. It's an experience. Europe has other cultures and countries. In Australia we are one country with alot of different cultures. It's only when you get there that you remember and begin to acknowledge outback time. Hi to you all,yeah wish I was there to share the journey. Enjoy the magnificent night skies. Love to you all. Pauline

familytrip2010 on

Melisa Cavicchia - nice to hear from you, take care and have fun x x x

Wilma Hendriks Borninkhof - lovely to hear of your adventures lucy, have fun

Jacqui Becker - Keep us posted... loving the updates! Try not to step on any you know who's laying onthe ground....!

Amanda Triandafillou - Great hearing your blogs McKays. Hope the girls cheer up soon. We are gearing up for our 12 hour Scraptacular today. Wooo Hooo!!!

Liz Noakes - my bil has just brought a dump in Coober Pedy. Oh and interviews next 2 weeks. Wish you were here

Lyn Hunt - Lovely to hear from you Mackays! XX

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