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Riba's: Underground or above

This is located just on the south side of town and is priced very moderately. Powered sites are $25 per night and you have to pay for the underground tour (see below).
"Welcome to the World's only underground camping ground! Located just five minutes from the Opal Capital of the world you will find a unique way of making your camping tour a true adventure! Riba's is a caming ground and caravan park suiting your budget. An evening on-site Opal mine tour is the highlight of every visit. At night enjoy the stars in the desert away from lights of the city.

At Riba's you will find everything for your convenience:
* Underground camping
* Powered & unpowered caravan sites (above ground)
* Underground budget rooms
* Evening Opal mine tour
* the only caravan park in Coober Pedy with FREE showers
* Laundry and kitchen facilities
* Underground TV room and internet access

F a c i l i t i e s
Underground camping offers the camper to pitch their tent or roll out the swag without weather problems. During the summer it is nice and cool underground and leaves the flies outside, in the winter it is warm - with around 21degrees all through the year.

Facilities:
At Riba's you will find everything for a conveniened stay:

* Underground camping
* Powered & unpowered caravan sites (above ground)
* Underground budget rooms
* Evening Opal mine tour
* the only caravan park in Coober Pedy with FREE showers
* Laundry and kitchen facilities
* Underground TV room and internet access
Top O p a l Mine Tour
Opal Mine Tour

An on-site Opal mine tour is the highlight of your stay at Riba's. It is offered every evening (minimum of 5 people required) for guests and visitors. You will get to know all about the precious Opal and the history of Opal mining. Learn how the first miners made their fortunes and what kind of dangers and challanges they were confronted with. See the modern ways of mining and get to know how to find your own precious stones. No matter is if "noodling" is new to you or if you have tried your luck already, this tour is a must for you!"

Prices for guests and visitors:
Adults $18.00 pp
Children under 12yrs $12.00 pp
First night camping FREE with tour booking!! (highly recommended)

Here you get stay the night for $9 at an unpowered site and get a FREE underground tour, something most people who come to Coober Pedy want to do.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Seniors
  • Written June 12, 2010
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Riba's on the south side


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Old Timers Mine Holiday Let: A whole house Undersground!

When we arrived at this amazing *dugout* we were surprised to be greeted by a 3 bedroom house underground.
This *dugout* was hand dug in the early 1950's.
3 Bedrooms, large lounge area and kitchen.

The houses were built underground because of the harsh summer weather.
The temperature of these dugouts stay at around 23C everyday of the year.
Very comfortable and big enough so as you don't realise you are underground.

I would higly reccomend this Holiday Let to anyone.

It was clean and the owners also have the Old Timers Mine business which is just over the road. They are a lovely couple and have a great story to tell of how they became locals in this amazingly unique town.

JUst living underground for a couple of nights was an unique experience:)
I did enjoy it being dark and also not a sound could be heard from outside.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Desert, Road Trip, Family Travel
  • Written September 9, 2006
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A dirt roof!

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Joe's backpackers & budget motel: Great hospitality

This is one of the most interesting places I've stayed. At first I thought it was really weird sleeping in a room underground with no windows. But it was actually nice. I always have trouble sleeping even when there's just a tiny bit of light. Here when we turned out the lights it was pitch black.
If you're lucky (or if you just stay here) Joe will probably tell you about the time he and his wife starred in Priscilla-Queen of the Desert.

It is underground!
They do tours and they aren't too expensive.
They have opal-cutting equipment. The manager's son helped me cut an opal I found so that I could have it set in a ring later.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 31, 2004
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Underground hostel


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