Tuesday 12th April 2011, Coober Pedy.
We have been at Coober Pedy for almost a week now and have enjoyed the local scenery very much, it is just so different than anywhere else. It was made aware to us yesterday that the greater majority of the population do in fact live in houses underground. We visited one of the local mine tours which was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. There was a film about the history of opals and mining, a tour of the actual mine with explanations of how the opals are extracted, a demonstration of cutting of an opal, a tour through an underground house, and everything was underground, a must see when in the area.
We are now about to leave Coober Pedy on our way to Kings Canyon, close to Ayres Rock, and then back out and round to Alice Springs. After we leave here, except for an overnight stop at Marla, we will not have any mobile coverage for up to two weeks, because we don’t intend travelling very fast and will be camping out some. Again I say if any one wants us leave a message on mine or Linda’s mobile, or we will be at Kings Canyon Resort on, or about, Monday 18th April till on, or about, Thursday 21st April, and we should be contactable there on 1300 863 248. So until Alice Springs this will be probably the last report.