Photographs and Adventures

To Coober Pedy and beyond…

Since I am struggling to find suitable internet access on the road this year, I will post photos with just a few words to let you know what we are up to.

North of Port Augusta

North of Port Augusta

As soon as you get north of Port Augusta, Sth Australia, the scenery changes to a flat, treeless plain. This a a virtually dry salt lake set in the dry landscape.

Ranges View rest area

Ranges View rest area

This was the view from our first free camp on this trip. Why pay to stay in a crowded caravan park when you can wake up to a stunning view like this? Ranges View rest area is situated at Kootaberra Station, not too far north of Port Augusta.

Next stop Coober Pedy

Next stop Coober Pedy.

Coober Pedy is unlike any other place I have visited. Many of the homes and businesses are dug into the ground, with multi chimneys sticking up out of the mounds to provide ventilation.

Mining truck

Mining truck

This is typical of the old vehicles used in the Opal mines that surround Coober Pedy. The drum at the top drops the tailings from the diggings into the distinctive mullock heaps.

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

The Breakaways

The Breakaways

In my opinion, no trip to Coober Pedy can be considered complete without a trip out about 30km north of town, to watch the sun set over the Breakaways. It is one of the most amazing places I have been.

Different view of the Breakaways

Different view of the Breakaways

Sunset trumpet serenade.

Sunset trumpet serenade.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.

 

 

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