Coober Pedy Explorer

Coober Pedy was originally known as the Stuart Range Opal Field, named after John McDouall Stuart, who in 1858 was the first European explorer in the area. In 1920 it was re-named Coober Pedy, an anglicised version of Aboriginal words “kupa piti”, commonly assumed to mean “white man in a hole”.

Coober Pedy holds a fascination for visitors from all over the world. It’s an ‘underground’ town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire.

Tour the town and hear about its history. See the Serbian Orthodox Church, built underground with rock carvings in the walls, high roof ‘ballroom’ style design and stained glass windows making this one of Coober Pedy’s most awe inspiring structures.

Visit Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, an underground museum with detailed historical content of the town, an Aboriginal Interpretive Centre, an underground home known as a ‘dugout’ and an original opal mine. You have the opportunity to watch a short documentary on ‘The Story of Opal’ followed by an opal cutting and polishing demonstration and should you wish, some professional advice on opal quality and price in the gift shop.

See a working opal field at the Quest Opal Mine where there is the chance to don a hard hat and grab a pick to try your luck at finding your own fortune. Here you will enjoy lunch.

With your fortune stored safely in your pocket, travel along a portion of The Dog Fence, the longest continual construction in the world. Stretching some 5,300 kilometres, it begins east of Surfers Paradise in Queensland and ends up north of Ceduna in the Great Australian Bite, South Australia.

Originally built to protect the sheep country in the south from the Dingo in the north it is now an Australian icon. Stop en route for a great photo opportunity before arriving at The Breakaways, a striking example of arid scenery. From the flat-topped mesas to the stony gibber desert, remnants of millions of years provide a wealth of geological interests and breath-taking views. Looking out over the Breakaways it is hard to believe that a vast inland sea covered the area. Marvel at the scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.

*Order of itinerary may vary depending on coach number.

Recommended Fitness Level:  Moderate to high – stairs, steep inclines, short walks and navigating underground tunnels required.

 

Price

Platinum and Gold Service guests

Included in your fare

Please note: All bookings are done while on train. Tours are subject to change without notice. Tour descriptions and prices are valid until 31 March 2017.

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