Australia 2011 (Part III: Coober Pedy and the Road to Uluru)

Sorry it’s been a while, but I got a bit busy with school, work, and family. Anyway, here’s the belated post that I promised: Nothern South Australia, including the amazing Coober Pedy.

From Wikipedia: Coober Pedy is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called “dugouts”, which are built due to the scorching daytime heat. The name ‘Coober Pedy’ comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means ‘white man’s hole’.Image

Free range chickens, Aussie style. We literally saw flocks of them by the side of the road as we were driving north from Port Augusta.


A view of the Outback. Lovely place.

ImageAn Aussie road train.

ImageFirst sight of Coober Pedy. They filmed the Mad Max and Pitch Black films  here, as well as some less well known films (outside of Aus of course.)

ImageWorld’s only underground Catholic church, as far as I’m aware.

ImageUnderground church interior.


An opal store. Coober Pedy people are nothing if not imaginative.


This man and his wife runs an ‘orphanage’ for baby kangaroos whose mothers were eaten by aboriginal hunters or hit by road trains. Most of the orphans he reintroduces to the wild, but some, like this male red, become family pets.


Another of the man’s orphaned kangaroos. He and his wife have about a dozen.


And some kangaroo meat we picked up at the local Cole’s supermarket.


Kangaroo stir fried with some onions and spicy chilies. Yum. Coober Pedy also had a great pizza restaurant whose specialty dish was ‘The Australian Coat of Arms’: half the pizza was covered in emu meat, and the other half was topped with kangaroo meat. Kicking myself that we didn’t get a picture of that one.

ImageKulgera Pub and RV (Caravan) Park. Last stop on the Stuart Highway before reaching the Northern Territory. I’m still not sure what all the shoes mean.

That’s it for South Australia. Join me next time (hopefully tomorrow) for the jewel in Australia’s crown, Uluru and King’s Canyon, Northern Territory.