Underground Coober Pedy

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

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Coober Pedy Day 15

It's an extremely hot day today at 38o. So underground is the best place to be. We left camp at 9am after a load of washing.

1st on the agenda was Tom's Real working Opal Mine. We decided to do the self guided tour. $10 an adult & $5 a child. Mum was shown the map to where everything was. Big mistake. We all put on a hard hat & headed underground, mum with the map leading the way.

The underground mine had mining equipment, explosives, (hopefully not in working order). We found some opal in the rock behind mesh. Jay couldn't help himself but start up the drill naughty naughty. It was working. They had mine shafts everywhere. Mining equipment displays. We got down to approx 12.41m underground. Nice & cool down here. We started going round in circles asked mum which way to go, she didn't even know how to find where we were on the map. So Bella took over & lead us to a part we hadn't seen & back out of the mine.

Above ground we had a bit of a noodle. Jay found a small rock with some opal. The rest of us had no luck.

Next we headed to Crocodile Harry's. It was out of town abit along a dirt road. This is a very quirky place. He must of been a real ladies man & quite a character. He passed away in 2006. Entry is $5a & $2c in a honesty box. His house has sculptures of naked ladies everywhere. There were hats, undies & bras hanging all over the walls & heaps of signatures of visitors from all over the world covering the walls. A carved out crocodile, flowers & more naked ladies.

We  headed to Fayes underground home next. A couple actually live in the house & give tours of their home. His personal tour cost $5a & $1.50c. He was a very friendly gentleman full of information of the history of the house & beginning of Coober Pedy. Only 50 years ago there was nothing here. Faye started out as a chef but was sacked when she refused to cook green meat. The miners then built her a cafe. Her home started out as a shed for the local postman. He used to reverse his truck in & sleep in the back. Faye bought the home & started to dig it out with pick, shovel & wheelbarrow, with 2 other ladies. It took 10years to finish as they only worked in the evening after they finished their day job. This home has a kitchen, 3 bedrooms, dining room lounge room, wine cellar & even a in ground pool. Underground homes are constantly 20-25o all year long which is great on an extremely hot day like today. No flies even come in they won't go underground. Under the air vents it's really cool as all the hot air is getting sucked upwards. She put in a swimming pool but the water was evaporating rapidly in the heat so built a room around it.

This afternoon we relaxed going in & out of the pool. It's so hot.

At sunset we headed up to the Big Winch to take photos our last night here.  Jay, myself, Annabel & Braiden then went back to Johns restaurant for some hamburgers for tea.

It was still very hot at 8.30pm when we all had cold showers & went to bed. 
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