6 Dec 2016
Here’s my eighth answer to the list of questions in Stephanie Fox’s Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge:
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
For the past thirty years, my wife has wanted to visit Coober Pedy and stay in an underground hotel. Coober Pedy is a small town in outback Australia where opals are mined and the old mines are (sometimes) converted into residences.
For one reason or another – kids, money, work – Coober Pedy never made it high on the list. We went to other fabulous places around the world, including Ayers Rock, only a day’s drive away, but not Coober Pedy.
Not in summertime – temperatures routinely get above 40°!
My wife retired, and there were no more excuses. We booked an underground hotel, got in the car and drove for three days through some extraordinary landscapes. The final push up the Sturt Highway was unworldly. Like driving on Mars. (Thanks to Josie of JosieWanders for advice on staying at Port Augusta.)
Coober Pedy is a little like the movie Mad Max. Weird vehicles, strange buildings, collections of junk, a bizarre landscape of holes and conical heaps. And people to match.
I’ll write more on this weird place later, but we ticked all the boxes. Stayed underground, visited an underground church, bought an opal, ate a camelburger…