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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

April 14, 2017 by David Herd

Incredible landscape

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine, nowhere else in the world have I seen colours similar to outback Australia. Red earth, blackened trees and a beautiful blue sky.

I took three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Cooper Pedy on the first leg of our journey on the way to Uluru aka Ayers Rock.


Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine The girls started clapping wildly when they saw the kangaroo sign so you can imagine how excited they were when they saw a live one.

Here we are in Coober Pedy

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine You know when you are near the town when you see all the mounds of dirt & gravel.

OK, what are we waiting for?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Let’s go & check out this underground village. 

My trusty Holden Commodore was our transport on our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,300 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

Mini mountains everywhere

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 km north of Adelaide. The 2011 census showed its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians). The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” due to the quantity of precious opals that are mined there.

 Men at work

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This was our first indication of work happening around the mines.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine As you can clearly see not all the people live underground.

 Opal capital of the World

 photo 594a05c9-2ec2-49a7-b40a-dccf5dd15fa6.jpg There are quite a few opal shops, restaurants and a variety of accommodation ranging from four star to backpackers and caravan/camping areas.

Desert Cave Hotel

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

The hotel has rooms above ground and in underground caves, this relaxed hotel is a 14-minute walk from the Big Winch Lookout. For an excellent discount just book through THIS LINK.

Big Winch Lookout

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine The famous historic Big Winch Scenic Lookout with 360 degrees view of the town.

Is this Coober Pedy art?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine To be honest with you I have no idea what it is. 🙂

On the other hand….

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This may well be the brother of “Tin Man” from The Wizard of Oz. 🙂

 On the subject of movies

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine This monster was apparently part of a movie set that has been abandoned and left here as a talking point.

 We have finished the first stage of our Journey.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Next stop is Uluru aka Ayers Rock.

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Australian Outback Japanese students

July 25, 2013 by David Herd

Australian Outback Japanese students

Australian Outback Japanese students Australian Outback Japanese students road trip started in Surfers Paradise & went through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia. The next leg took us to Uluru aka Ayers Rock. 

Turn left for Uluru

Australian Outback Japanese students Still a long way to go.

 Yukako, Megumi & Noriko

Australian Outback Japanese students

My Japanese student friends were wonderful travel partners, it was so funny to see them  happily  clapping their hands on seeing the kangaroo warning sign, so you can imagine their joy when they actually saw the first live jumping kangaroo from the window of our car. After that sighting we saw wild camels, tall emus and Outback Brumbies which are Australia’s wild horses.

Camel rides Australian Outback Japanese students

Thousands of  feral camels, mostly dromedaries but also some bactrian camels, were imported into Australia, mainly from India, during the 19th century for transport and construction as part of the colonisation of the central and western parts of Australia. Motorised transport replaced the camels’ role in the early 20th century and many were released into the wild. As of 2009 the feral population numbered about one million, with a doubling time of about nine years.  These camels are being culled because they are degrading the environment and threatening native species.

Magnificent Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru.

 Australian Outback Japanese students

Absolutely breathtaking.

How big is it?

Australian Outback Japanese students

This huge monolith in the Australian outback is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the the Northern Territory in central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. Uluru is the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sandstone formation stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high, rising 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi).

Climbing Ayers Rock.

 Australian Outback Japanese students I relaxed & watched while the girls climbed the rock.

It’s a long way tp the top

Australian Outback Japanese students Uluru has been climbed by tourists for much of the 20th century. In the early 1960s, a safety chain was installed to accommodate the growing number of visitors. Despite this chain, more than 30 people have lost their lives climbing “the Rock”. Many more have been injured. Still, about one-third of visitors choose to climb.

The end of the mighty rock

Australian Outback Japanese students When you are close you are really overwhelmed by the sheer size of this monster rock.

The colour early morning,

Australian Outback Japanese students Totally different to the amazing glow at sunset.

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It can get lonely in the Australian Outback.

 photo 99209c5d-6edc-491b-b6a3-f483af15fed9.jpg There is a lot of empty space out here.

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An incredible Australian Outback road trip

of 7,300 kilometers.

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