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An intriguing mining settlement where fortunes can still be made
Can get very hot in summer
In a nutshell
A fascinating town with buried charms
When I was last in Coober Pedy it didn't exactly tend towards fine dining....more in the Pizza restaurant and Pub Meal line....but I remember the pub meals were good, with huge chicken schnitzels....if only I could remember which pub....
But you won't go hungry - there are several places to eat.
Written Mar 11, 2003
The local Coober Pedy townspeople have a reputation for being very close lipped. Secrecy is like a religion here.
Locations of good opal finds are secrets which are jealously guarded and, in the past, disputes between miners or neighbours were often settled with dynamite....
It may sound like a lawless town, but don't worry, as a tourist I felt perfectly safe there.
The local community has always been quite ethnic - in the early 1990’s it was still a mix of over 40 different nationalities, including Italians, Greeks and Croatians, who have their own clubs/restaurants in the township.
The town has always had quite an isolated image, but that is slowly changing as more people are discovering this place and tourism becomes more and more important.
Updated May 19, 2003
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I'd pack normal stuff plus a good hat for the sun and some sunscreen. Nights can be cold so if you're going to be out and about (I can't imagine why, there's little night life) pack a sweater.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Best you bring with you what you need, as being a remote outback town, if you find what you want in Coober Pedy, you'll pay more for it.
Photo Equipment: Best to buy film at a more reasonable price before you get here.
Written Mar 12, 2003
This gives an idea what it looks like down one of the opal mines. The shaft is sunk vertically, then you dig horizontally where possible, trying to follow the 'seam' of opal, if you find one.
On a tour, it's possible that you can go down certain working mines.
Written Sep 15, 2003