If you really want, you can fly into Coober Pedy these days. There are daily flights (probably departing from Adelaide). This will only save you a couple of days driving though and of course is much more expensive...
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For once, this time I'm recommending you DON'T try to drive yourself to this place (of course you can if you want...but..it's further away from anywhere than you think.)
It's a good 850 kms north of Adelaide (and about another 850 south of Ayers Rock with only a small fuel stop town in between)
Travelling for days through the desert is monotonous and very tiring (and I WAS on a bus!) The landscape changes very little. On a bus at least you can sleep and relax, and once you get to Coober Pedy, you don't need transport as you can walk the town and catch a mini tour just to see the mine workings.
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