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Australia’s True Outback

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Picture a place where temperatures regularly reach 50° Celsius in summer, and where rain is cherished but rare. Now picture the inhabitants of this area finding the perfect way to keep cool – by living, shopping and working underground, and here you have it – the town of Coober Pedy!

Located in South Australia’s outback, around half way between Adelaide and Alice Springs, surrounded by desert, Coober Pedy offers a chance to experience an unique region of this vast country, whilst staying in the world’s only underground international hotel – the Desert Cave Hotel.

The town is famous for being home to some of the finest opals, and one can even try ‘noodling’ for opals themselves! Other attractions in the area include the spectacular Painted Desert – best explored by four-wheel drive tour, along with remote farm stations, isolated townships and outback wildlife.

One of the most popular ways of reaching Coober Pedy is via the Ghan Train from either Adelaide or Alice Springs – this train service is not only an iconic Aussie experience, but also offers a lifeline for the many remote communities in the outback. Alternatively, Coober Pedy works well as part of an adventurous self-drive itinerary, taking in Kangaroo Island, the Clare Valley, and the Flinders Ranges. If time is short, consider flying in and out – although do ensure you allow enough time here to truly appreciate the region.

Coober Pedy is often missed out of itineraries due to its remote location, but it is this that makes it so fascinating – learning how the locals have adapted to the harsh conditions.

For more information on how this may be incorporated into a wider Australian bespoke tailor made holiday, please call our office on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or pop into our office in Hailsham, East Sussex.


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