Holey Coober Pedy

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Coober Pedy Day 14

We actually had a bit of a sleep in today, if you call 7am a sleep in. Even had time for bacon & eggs which Jay kindly cooked while I showered.

We left the park at 9am for a drive around town. When we 1st drove through the main shopping centre of Coober Pedy it definitely wasn't what I expected. I thought everything would be underground with just a door out the front but this part isn't it's actual buildings. Today we went through the back streets & drove around. This is the Coober Pedy I had imagined & expected. Dirt roads, homes all built into the hillside only seeing some front doors. Mining equipment everywhere. One home must of struck it rich, it even had some palm trees growing out the front. Another was huge made of stone with lots of pretty coloured sand heaped in front. We saw 3 wallabies jumping around the streets. Cute little things they were.

On the main highway we spotted a cute little lizard, a Bearded Dragon, crossing the road. It almost made it to the other side before it decided to stop. We quickly exited the cars taking a few photos. I was about to get a close up when Jay decided to try to pick it up by the tail. Booo to him the lizard didn't like this tried to bite him Jay let go & he ran quickly off the road.

We went on driving through the mine fields. Boy you have to be on your guard with eyes wide open here. There was even a hole in one of the roads so deep when you threw a rock down it you couldn't hear it land. It looked like a lunar landscape. Dirt piles everywhere in all different shades. Lots of big mining machinery scattered throughout. But we didn't see any workers.

We got out at one spot for some photos, George spotted another Bearded Dragon this one more of a green colour just sitting on a pile of rubble in front of a big hole. Many photos later. We decided it was morning tea time.

We stopped off at the shell garage & enjoyed chocolate milkshakes & apple muffins.

It was time to head back to camp for a rest to get out of the heat for a while. It's about 35o a hot energy zapping morning.  Before we got back to camp we saw the Josephine's Art Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage was about to feed some Kangaroos at 12midday which was now, so we pulled in.

The owner had about 6 older orphaned Kangaroos, he gave us a great spill on how each of the Kangaroos came to be in his care. He then bought out the cutest little 6 months old Joey he fed a bottle of special formula milk to. After a short feed the Joey jumped around us for a little bit before he tired out & wanted to hop back into his pouch. Jay bought me an opal Pandora & Kaila some opal earrings. Also a rock with some lovely coloured opal in it.

We went back to the caravan park for a cooling off swim. The pool is so cold & refreshing.

At 4.30pm we headed back out, this time we're heading to the Dog Proof Fence & The Breakaways. After a couple of false starts of which direction to drive we went back to the caravan park for directions then drove on our way heading on the Oodnadatta Track 15km towards the Dog Proof Fence.  Took some pictures & turned off the Track towards The Breakaways. Along the way on the right hand side was the moon plain very bare land with dark rocks.

About 20km along the dirt road we came to the beginning of the Breakaways. So many different colours on the hillside. Red, white, yellow & other shades inbetween. Just spectacular. We found the Salt & Pepper hills (as us white fellows call it, but Aboriginals refer to them as Papa or 2 dogs.) One hill light in colour the other darker.

We drove onto another lookout, climbed up the hill & were rewarded with a very spectacular sight of the Breakaways from a great height, it was a feast for our eyes. So much to take in, it was just breathtaking.

Next we headed for another lookout where we set up our cameras ready to capture a beautiful sunset. A car drove in on the dirt road just in the nick of time to have a great haze of dust in the sunset photos. Great time of day relaxing on our chairs having a drink, a bite to eat watching the sun disappear over the horizon.  Behind us was The Breakaways with a lovely pink cloudy sky. After many photos it was now heading towards 7pm, our bellies sent us packing towards John's Pizza for tea. Yumm what a fitting way to end another brilliant day.
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