First of all, Mum & Dad, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Sorry I am not able to call…you know you are in my thoughts. I love you both…very much!!
I checked out the YHA in Alice Springs this morning at 7:30am and went to the Elks to collect Tanja and Matthias.
We loaded up our gear and got on the open road again, this time heading south towards our next destination. I was very confused whilst driving between Alice and Erlunda (the exit we had taken before to Yulara)…the road just seemed to look totally different. The roads look so similar, bare with little to see, but are so different all the same. Not far after Erlunda, we stopped at the border of South Australia and the Northern Territory to take some photos…bye bye NT…it’s been lots of fun!!
Our destination was Coober Pedy and I had been excited about seeing this place for a long long time. The Aboriginal words kupa peti loosely translates as “white fellow’s underground burrow”. Of course the reason I am so familiar with this location is that it was used in the movie ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert’…remember, Guy Pearce asking in the Video store if they had the ‘Texas Chainsaw Mascara’…too funny.
When we arrived in CP we found a backpackers called ‘Radeka’s’. This was an underground motel which was painted white and blue and had greek owners…bizarre! Since I had previously been warned by my friend Carmel that she had stayed somewhere in Coober Pedy which was filthy and had no hot water I decided to ask the owner “Do you have hot water in your showers?”…he answered “Of course we do”, I replied “Good, so I’ll come and find you in the morning if there is none”. We then asked “How many people are in the room?”, “None” he replied “the room is all yours, we won’t put anyone else in there”. We were quite excited about this! When we got downstairs our jaws dropped!! There was no door!! It was basically rooms dug out (6m under the ground) with bunk beds and no doors…for one night we could make do, but if someone wanted privacy this would not be a place I would recommend.
We took a look around the backpackers and went for a look around Coober Pedy. Now, to give you some history about this place, basically, this is the world’s largest opal field (white opals) and because of the relentless hot climate the inhabitants (all 3,500 of them) live underground.
The town is a pretty ugly looking place. It consists of hundreds of mounds of upturned earth, abandoned mines and scrap metal yards. To think that this has been the location for over 15 movies is quite astonishing. These movies included Mad Max and Pitch Black.
We decided that there was nothing to see and went to the bottle shop to get drunk…it seemed to be the most exciting thing to do in this town.