Sunday, June 26, 2011

Days 6 & 7 Tuesday and Wednesday

We decided to push on to Alice Springs and arrive there on Wednesday so that would give us time for Tony  to have a look around as usually he’s too busy.  Lucy wanted to see Coober Pedy, it’s a fascinating place but I can take it or leave it, on the other hand Tony really likes it.  I didn't take any photo’s of the mounds driving into Coober Pedy as I have been there before and thought I would take them on the way  back home.    Coober Pedy is interesting, 80 percent of the town is underground.  Last time we didn't get time to go on many underground tours that’s one of the reasons I wanted to go back.

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A glance up the main street, there was a TAFE college to the right of the photo, two supermarkets, plenty of takeaways places and the pub and a large Caltex servo that could make a decent coffee.

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Plenty of room to park, we were parked in front of a underground motel , where you can see the mound that’s a lookout and in the hill was an opal shop and another motel.  I loved the underground bookshop but his books were so expensive and it was a shame  as I really wanted to buy a few of the books all about the Coober Pedy region.  We also went to look at the underground catholic church.  What I like is that all the underground buildings were so warm, this was a really chilly day and the temperature is a constant 24 degrees, it’s really comfortable.

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We wanted to visit Faye’s underground Home,  Faye was the first female to live in Coober Pedy.  Her home was originally a one room garage for the mail truck It was converted by Faye and two other women, using only picks and shovels, into a kitchen and bedroom. Later five other rooms were added including a wine cellar and a swimming pool. Unlike a number of display homes in town, Faye's Underground Home is actually lived in and the owners are happy to show you through the house.  Faye moved to Chelmer in Brisbane.

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The cream building is the games room which has a full size pool table and a good sized swimming pool.  The moment you go into the house you step down into the kitchen

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Despite what my camera shows they had crystal clear reception this was two levels down they had a fire place but it has never been lit.

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Note the dressing table if a piece of furniture doesn't fit you just dig out some more until it does.  This bedroom leads down another level to the main bedroom.

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This bedroom had a huge walk in wardrobe, the small doors that you can see in the wall are now storage space but when Faye live there she was sick of her large dogs trying to sleep on her bed so she dug a space for them to sleep in, the dogs could see her they were happy and stayed off the bed.  Having slept in an underground campground, you really do sleep well as it is so dark and quiet and not to mention really warm and cosy.  Faye built this room around the pool as she discovered when she built the pool she was losing too much water in evaporation.

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I wish I could remember the couples name who live in this house now, they were lovely.  Tony and Lucy did the mine tour that is on the property as well.

After leaving Coober Pedy we travelled to the other side of Marla and pulled over for the night at a busy truck stop lots of trucks and caravans.  It rained through the night and when we got up we were surrounded by a foot of water.  Luckily we were able to get out and not get bogged.  We travelled onto Alice Springs getting there just after lunch.  We had booked it at the Macdonnell Range Holiday Park  we have stayed here several times and always happy with it.  That afternoon we went into town for another decent coffee and to do some grocery shopping, it was nice to know we were staying in the one spot for the next five nights.  That night we had dinner at the Todd Tavern which was much nicer this time around. 

1 comment:

Libby said...

We stayed at the same holiday park. Not sure if I'm enjoying your report or not as it's making me want to go back :-). I never thought I'd love the outback - as I love the green of Scotland/England so much - but I fell in love it. The red soil and big blue skies are just incredible aren't they?
I really am looking forward to reading more :-).