- Alice Springs-Coober Pedy
- Distance from Darwin: 2251.9km
- Fact of the day: ‘Coober Pedy’ is derived from ‘white man down a hole’ in local language
It’s been the longest drive so far of the Classic Road Trip. About 7 hours 30 minutes from Alice Springs.
Let’s talk about road house food. I’ve actually been really pleasantly surprised so far. I like my grub and thought it would all be unidentifiable brown objects on the road. But I’ve been wrong so far.
Today was the exception. I think I took on a year’s supply of luke-warm grease at a road house today, advertised as a ‘spring roll’. I’m going on a health kick when I get home.
The landscape between Alice Springs and Coober Pedy is stunning and awe inspiring. Out of Alice, you leave the mountain ranges behind and head into flat pastoral country. Coming into Coober Pedy is some of the most arid land I’ve seen.
By the way, we nearly hit a camel. Yeah you heard that correctly. It was by the road. Honest.
Coober Pedy itself is extraordinary. Have you been here? I didn’t know what to expect at all.
Coming into town from the north, evidence of the opal mining is the first thing you notice. In the totally flat, dry landscape are piles of brilliant white tailings from mine shafts. There are hundreds of them. You’d think you were on the Planet Zorb.
We took Wolfy for a walk. In town, everywhere seems to be underground, including the church!
We’re getting an early night. Another long drive to Port Pirie tomorrow!