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    Dog Fence

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    This fence is the longest man-made barrier in the world. It's 1.4-2.4m high and about 5400km long. It runs from the Gold Coast in Queensland to Ceduna in South Australia.
    There are more dingoes north and west of the fence, which was put up to keep the dingoes from the sheep in the south. Dingoes south of the fence are shot, poisoned, killed!

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    The castle

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    This rock formation can be seen in the Breakaways reserve. Our guide Joe also called it The Salt and Pepper.
    This area was filmed for Priscilla-Queen of the Desert. This is where the bus breaks down and Joe and his wife comes to the rescue. Yes, Joe is a true star!

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    Crocodile Harry's

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    Crocodile Harry's Nest is the home of Harry - a baron from Latvia who came to Australia more than 20 years ago to hunt crocodiles. He now lives here hunting opals. His dug out home is decorated in the strangest ways. The walls are covered all over with drawings and little scribbles and weird works of art. When I was there there were even bats flying around in the shower!

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    Underground church

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    A very different church. Normally when you go to a church, even if it's just a small country church, there's a high ceiling. Here the ceiling was very low, it sort of made it more intimate and even nicer. I really like the colour of the rock/dirt, the way it glows in the light.

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    Golf

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    This is probably one of the funniest sights.
    Just click on the pic and read the sign!

    Because it is so dry and no grass can grow in Coober Pedy the green is made from heavier black sand, so that it doesn't blow away.

    I actually saw one grass lawn in Coober Pedy. I think it was at the school (or maybe the town hall). It was being watered constantly not to die.

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  • Stars

    by ElDiabloRojo Written Feb 27, 2004

    Coober Pedy is an interesting and unique place to visit. In my experience there are very few places like it. It is definitely worth a visit.

    The stars at night are phenomenal. There is nothing like it in the Northern Hemisphere...

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    Old Timers Mine

    by Kate-Me Updated May 19, 2003

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    Here you can go on a mine tour and learn more about Opals and the way they're mined.

    Some mining is open cut, done with bulldozers and other heavy machinery, however the most common method is still shaft mining.
    When mining for opal, there is approximately a 5% likelihood of success, on average.
    Some useful terms:
    Noodling/Fossicking = scavenging for opals (on already worked claims at the surface where you are sometimes allowed to go through what’s left)
    Potch = milky opal without any colour (valueless and very common)

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    Opal Cave

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 2, 2003

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    This is the Opal Cave - part demonstration mine, part Opal gift shop.
    Here you can gain a better understanding of this precious stone as you watch an opal cutting and polishing demonstration.
    For instance, when it comes to Opal, stones which have a high content colour of red are more valuable than those of other colours. This is called "the fire in the stone'' (there's a movie and book from the 1980's of the same name, about Opal). A find of Opalised shell is also very valuable (especially if the shell is intact.)

    The milky white opals with light specs of colour are called 'Doublets'. To give the opal more depth and bring out the colours more strikingly, a black backing is added behind the setting. A plastic veneer coating is put over the top of the opal. This opal is then called a Triplet and is much darker (and more expensive) than before. A Black opal is one which is naturally dark (these are found at Lightning Ridge, a very primitive opal town way out in the NSW outback near Bourke)

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    Town Outskirts tour

    by Kate-Me Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Take a tour outside the town centre a bit to see all the digging machinery at work.

    I think it would be too dangerous to go out there by yourself, as the shafts are very deep and they're simply EVERYWHERE.

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    Visit an Underground Home

    by Kate-Me Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Several homes (dugouts) in the town are open to the public so you can see how the townspeople live underground.

    This one was quite impressive and the owners are more likely to be ones who have 'struck it rich', rather than your average Coober Pedy mining family.
    Observe the walls of this house - it's all just the completely natural tones of the clay. Nothing has been embellished (to learn more about underground housing, see Travelogue)

    Another 'Open House' I viewed even had its own underground in-ground large swimming pool, which in a waterless town is a really amazing feat! These people also had the only lawn in town. They must have been really rich!

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    Underground Catholic Church

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 12, 2003

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    Even the church is underground in Coober Pedy.
    Quite simply decorated, as you can see, all except for a picture made of opal and backed in black (to draw the colours out) in the form of a set of rosary beads. Its very impressive and well worth a look.

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    Visit the underground church

    by gonzo747 Written Oct 12, 2005

    Next the Radeka's backpackers inn, there's a small underground catholic church.
    Definately worth a visit.

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    Walk around with that Mad Max feeling

    by gonzo747 Written Oct 12, 2005

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    Coober pedy is one of the weirdest places I've been to. It's a good idea just to wander around and look at some weird artworks and scrap which you find all over Coober pedy.

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    The Breakaways

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    The breakaways is also known as the painted desert. The area is very beautiful, the hills are so colourful and we saw many kangaroos here. Unfortunately they were all too far away for good photos :-(

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    Boot Hill Cemetery

    by bluesmama Written May 31, 2004

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    This is the Coober Pedy cemetery. It looked so desolate, but I really liked it. Makes me think of old westerns.
    There was a grave with a beer barrel and tap on top! Quite charming :-)

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