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Putting It All Together
Day 1 – Adelaide – Outback
Fly with Regional Express to Coober Pedy,
the quirky opal-mining town where many
locals live underground to escape the heat.
See page 3 for regional flight information.
Take a town tour and learn about opal and
life in this fascinating community (including
underground home and church), finishing
at the stunning Breakaways Reser ve with
its colourful and surreal landforms. In
the evening, take advantage of the clear
Outback skies and participate in a stargazing
tour (see pages 127-128 for tours).
Overnight: Coober Pedy
Underground accommodation is
recommended when staying in Coober Pedy.
See page 127 for accommodation options.
Adelaide to Coober Pedy: 2 hour flight
Day 2 – Outback
There are many touring options to choose
from including a Down ‘N ’ Dirty tour where
you can dig for your own opal fortune –
complete with hard hat, torch and handpick.
On Mondays and Thursdays visitors can join
the Outback mailman as he delivers mail
to remote stations and visits the towns of
Oodnadatta and William Creek.
Join a Desert Diversity tour of the Painted
Desert, an area of spectacular and colourful
hills – an amazing sight of rocky outcrops of
large and small hills emerging suddenly out
of a flat, desert landscape. Scenic flights
over the Anna Creek Painted Hills are also
available from Coober Pedy, showcasing
a more recently discovered section of the
pristine Breakaways country only accessible
from the air. This fragile landscape is
already considered one of the State’s most
fascinating natural attractions.
Overnight: Coober Pedy
Day 3 – Outback
Before flying out of Coober Pedy to
Adelaide, hit the opal shops to purchase
some of this magnificent gemstone right at
the source. There are a number of excellent
retail outlets and museums where visitors
can learn more and purchase quality pieces
(see page 127 for listings).
Options include a wide variety of central
and beachside hotels and charming heritage
accommodation in the nearby North
Adelaide precinct. See pages 52-57 for
Adelaide accommodation listings.
Coober Pedy to Adelaide: 2 hour flight
The Eyre Peninsula offers superb Outback
experiences and wilderness areas. The
Gawler Ranges National Park is a place to
see native animals on a 4WD tour, including
wombats and huge numbers of kangaroos.
It’s possible to stay overnight in semi-
permanent luxur y safari tents or gaze up at
the clear Outback sky from a sleeping bag
and swag. Visit Lake Gairdner, a massive dry
salt lake, shimmering white and surrounded
by red earth – a surreal environment that
is used in television commercials and for
land speed record attempts. The Outback
reaches to the coastline so be sure to
include one of the region’s best-known
activities – swimming with wild dolphins and
sea lions at Baird Bay. Further west, at Head
of Bight, Southern Right whales put on an
amazing display between May and October
when they visit to breed and nurture their
young. See pages 89 -90 for Eyre Peninsula
tour listings and accommodation options.
Adelaide to Port Lincoln : 50 minute
Best suited to: Outback adventurers
3 days (optional 3 day extension)
Adelaide, Coober Pedy (optional extension to Eyre Peninsula)
For more info: See pages 125-128 for information on South Australia’s Outback region
In the Outback, visitors will experience the quirky opal mining town of Coober Pedy
where many residents live underground to avoid the heat. Spend a day touring the town
learning about opal, visiting underground dwellings and noodling for opal. Take a tour
further afield to see the Anna Creek Painted Hills or join the mailman as he delivers mail
to remote stations and towns. For those wanting more Outback adventure, head to the
Eyre Peninsula and visit the Gawler Ranges National Park and walk on Lake Gairdner,
a massive dry salt lake.
Opal, Coober Pedy,
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