Coober Pedy the moonlandings
Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
77Trip End Jun 25, 2009
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What a different landscape all together , white dusty and oh my goodness what a lot of flies!! They get in your mouth, ears everywhere!! James was particularly not a fan!! The campsite was a highlight it was like being in star wars well that was the first thing that came to my mind anyway!! Houses built underground into the rock and underground camping!! which at first was a little strange but the flies didn't come anywhere near you as soon as you went under!! HURRAY!! Oh and it was so much cooler!!
Coober Pedy is a strange place if not a little depressing at times. The feeling that people are stuck there with no other place to go either by the rush of opal mining or being out casted from a tribe!!
The first impression of aboriginal people is not a good one if you don't understand the reasons behind their situation or position within society! They are drunk and sat at the side of the road ( or possibly carrying a kangaroo tail under their arm) which can feel a little intimidating!! But as you go through the outback and read more about the history or relationship of white people (British) and aboriginals it all becomes a little clearer.
As for Coober Pedy it's definitely worth a visit just to have the experience of the place and the landscape! We visited an opal mine which was interesting and we went to the underground churches there's not much to do but it's an experience.