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Coober Pedy: Opals & Underground

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,199

An unforgettable trip to the Outback. In Coober Pedy, stay at the world’s first international underground hotel, learn about opals and see the Painted Desert.


Depart Adelaide for the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Visit a working opal mine and see a polishing demonstration. Experience life underground at the Desert Cave Hotel and enoy a full day tour to see the colourful, changing sands of the surrounding desert before returning to Adelaide.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,199

Itinerary

Day 1

Adelaide to Coober Pedy

Duration2 Hours

Coober Pedy Airport to Desert Cave Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy

The Desert Cave Hotel enables you to experience dugout style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas, all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Visitors can stay underground, or if they prefer, above ground rooms are also available. This hotel is perfect for leisure stays.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy

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    Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy



    The Desert Cave Hotel enables you to experience dugout style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas, all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Visitors can stay underground, or if they prefer, above ground rooms are also available. This hotel is ...

    The Desert Cave Hotel enables you to experience dugout style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas, all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Visitors can stay underground, or if they prefer, above ground rooms are also available. This hotel is perfect for leisure stays.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Down and Dirty (Opal Digging Tour)

The tour includes an informative, instructional, and entertaining video on opal mining to open up the mysterious world of discovering the stone of fire, "The Coober Pedy Opal". Visit a working mine field to understand the various styles of opal mining, and to relive the hardship and joy of earlier times of Opal mining. Enter the Quest Mine where you will be supplied with a hard hat, torch and handpick. Get down and get dirty fossicking for your own fortune and you have access to the "Jewellers Shop" mullock heaps for an experience in noodling (fossicking). Experience the safe, fun, informative way to mine your own opal.

Duration4 Hours

Desert Cave Tour

Tour the town, hear about its history, about our precious water supplies and power generation. Every element of life is hard-won in Coober Pedy. On the Desert Cave Tour you visit a working Opal Field to see Opal mining methods. Venture down a former working mine to see opal traces embedded in the sandstone. See The Breakaways, a range of colourful exposed sandstone outcrops with spectacular views over the Moon Plain - once an inland sea. This dramatically beautiful area has been the set for many internationally known movies. See the famous Dog Fence (dingo fence) - stretching 5,300km across Australia, The Serbian Underground Church - spectacular excavation, traditional Serbian Orthodox architecture and fascinating sand stone carvings, a genuine underground home or "Dugout" - see how the locals live, underground Potteries, Opal cutting demonstration - professional advice on opal quality and price.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Painted Desert Tour

The Painted Desert is an area of spectacular colourful hills that Mother Nature has taken 80 million years to create. Sediments originally laid down by the ancient inland sea have eroded away over time. This erosion, combined with the leaching of minerals from the soil, create this magical area, whose colours change during the day, making it a photographer's delight. To get there, Desert Diversity Tours leaves the world famous opal mining town of Coober Pedy, past the last of the underground homes and through the Dingo Fence (the world's longest fence). Travel over an area that was once the ancient inland sea bed, but today is commonly known as the Moon Plains.

This area is a very important marine fossil bed that has become of great interest to palaeontologists since the recent discovery, by the operators of Desert Diversity Tours, of the partial backbone of a 5-6-meter-long Ichthyosaur (ancient marine reptile) which swam in the ancient sea 120 million years ago. See some of the vast cattle stations of the Outback, bush walk through the Painted Desert, and experience the beauty of Outback landscapes and waterholes. Learn about the Great Artesian Basin, the early explorers and the pastoral industry.
Morning and afternoon tea, as well as lunch are supplied.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Desert Cave Hotel to Coober Pedy Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Coober Pedy to Adelaide

Duration2 Hours

Other Information

DEPARTS:

Thursdays and Sundays, April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights at The Desert Cave Hotel
  • Return flights from Adelaide
  • Transfers and sightseeing as indicated

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

DP ALITPK4DADEAU
26 Mar 2018
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