DIRT & DUST: FARINA TO COOBER PEDY

DAY 93

Our journey is continuing north! We left Parachilna Gorge and continued north travelling through Leigh Creek and Lyndhurst and we stopped in Farina to wander around the ruins of the abandoned township and learn its history.

A group of volunteers stay each year during the winter months to continue the restoration and preservation of the town. If you visit between May – July, the old Bakery has been restored and is open for business!

After driving down to the FARINA CAMPGROUND for a sticky beak and finding this oasis, we didn’t go anything further for the night!

It’s $20/car + toilets + showers (you need to fire up the old donkey boiler) and so much grassy space!!!

DAY 94

Today we continued on to Marree with a quick stop for a pic with the Stone Man!!

From Marree we started our first section of dirt road by jumping on the Oonadatta Track!

This stretch from Marree to William Creek is 204km and there’s a few things to stop at along this section of the track.

  • Plane Henge – a collection of random things on the side of the road!
  • Lake Eyre South
  • Beresford Ruins

We stayed at the William Creek Hotel in the campground for the night and enjoyed a beautiful outback sunset.

DAY 95

From William Creek we left the Oodnadatta and headed across to Coober Pedy on the William Creek Road. This road had only just opened to towing after the rain earlier in the year and there was still a detour in place but it was generally pretty good the whole way along.

We arrived in Coober Pedy and set up camp just on the edge of town at Coober Pedy Views.

This is a hipcamp and has five sites perched on top of a hill in front of the host’s house (Karen is the loveliest person you will ever meet!!!)

DAY 96 – 98

The next few days were spent exploring Coober Pedy (and waiting on a parcel to come via Australia Post!!!).

Most people, 60% in fact, live underground in Coober Pedy and it’s sometimes hard to tell where one house ends and the next one starts!!!

This town has to be seen in person to get the real idea of how people live (and mine for opal)… it’s fascinating!

While in town we visited the Old Timer’s Mine which is a self guided underground tour full of information and history!

The Breakaways are a short drive from Coober Pedy and worth a trip out to see the colourful landscape.

The Serbian Church is open to the public and it’s worth a quick peek inside to see the incredible scalloped roof – it was impressive!

Our parcel finally arrived and we were excited to be heading north to cross yet another border!!

THE MAP BELOW SHOWS WHERE WE WERE!

To be continued…