Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2015-2016 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
Attractions Noodling for opal On the camping ground adjacent to the playground is a noodling area for all to try their luck. Andamooka Heritage Cottages Located on the main street, five cottages make up the heritage-listed Andamooka Heritage Cottages precinct. Duke’s Bottlehouse Duke’s Bottlehouse was built in 1972 by Bela Sido with Rudi and Inge Duke. Lake Torrens Dazzlingly white under a blue sky, the usually dry Lake Torrens – a 5700 square kilometre salt lake – is accessible to four-wheel drivers. Do not drive on the surface, it might look firm but it’s not! GLENDAMBO 114 kilometres from Pimba map reference C6, page 18 Glendambo is the only service centre between Pimba and Coober Pedy, and offers two roadhouses, as well as the Glendambo Hotel/Motel. It also has direct access to Eyre Peninsula via Wirrulla Road (unsealed) through the beautiful Gawler Ranges. Department of Primary Industries and Regions’ South Australian office. The Visitor Information Centre can direct you. Festivals and events Held annually on Easter Saturday, the Coober Pedy Opal Festival features a range of events; while the Coober Pedy Races are held in August. The Breakaways Reserve A 30 minute drive (34 kilometres north) from town unearths spectacular flat-topped, colourful mounds that have risen from the desert floor. Great to view at sunset. Moon Plain A vast expanse of rocky plain, Moon Plain is 16 kilometres north of Coober Pedy and rich in fossil deposits. It is also protected, so stay on the marked roads. Dog Fence The world’s longest fence, it stretches 5300 kilometres from Queensland to far western South Australia and was built to keep dingoes out and protect sheep. Underground churches Coober Pedy is home to many underground churches, with St Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church the first. The Serbian Orthodox Church is worth a visit with rock carvings in the walls, while the Catacomb Church is cut out of the sandstone in the shape of a cross. COOBER PEDY 254 kilometres from Glendambo map reference B4, page 18 Half the residents of this opal mining town live underground to escape hot temperatures in summer and stay cosy during winter. Only in Coober Pedy will you find underground churches and art galleries, plus a golf course without a blade of grass. With its frontier feel and strange lunar-like landscape, Coober Pedy has featured in many films. The town celebrates its centenary in 2015. A range of above and underground accommodation is available. Mine tour To see natural seams of opals and fossils visit the award-winning tourist attractions: Old Timer’s Mine and Museum, Tom’s Working Mine and the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course It is the only golf club in the world with reciprocal playing rights with the 'home of golf', St Andrews in Scotland. Green fees and equipment can be hired at at the Old Timer’s Mine. Painted Desert Formed more than 80 million years ago and 200 kilometres north of Coober Pedy, the Painted Desert is accessible by 2WD but a 4WD is strongly recommended. Located in the Arckaringa Hills, it’s known for its mounds and geological formations. Attractions Noodling for opal A safe area in town is available to search for pieces of opal in mounds of dirt. Serious opal hunters need a permit from the local CADNEY HOMESTEAD 150 kilometres from Coober Pedy map reference B3, page 18 Cadney Homestead, on the Stuart Highway, is a great starting point for drives to the Painted 38 flindersandoutback.com | explorer's way Phone: (08) 8672 5118 www.thelookoutcave.com Advertisement on page 39 THE LOOKOUT CAVE UNDERGROUND MOTEL Experience the magic of underground living. One and two bedroom units. Standard and family rooms with private ensuite. 360 degree lookout point above motel. Attractions Iwantja Arts and Crafts Iwantja Arts and Crafts is a working Aboriginal art and craft centre at Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands. Mintabie Opal Fields Mintabie is known for its lake, awesome sunsets, desert flowers after good rain and opals. The opal fields are on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land (Aboriginal Land). Permits are essential and available at the APY Lands Permit Office on (08) 8954 8104. ALICE SPRINGS 454 kilometres from Marla Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, is the heart of central Australia. Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges, it’s called ‘Mpwante’ by its traditional owners, the Arrernte people. Attractions Tourism Central Australia Visitor Information Centre Maps, brochures and information on attractions can be obtained here. Tours and accommodation can be booked too. MARLA 83 kilometres from Cadney Homestead map reference A2, page 18 Marla Roadhouse is a welcome oasis 160 kilometres south of the Northern Territory border. Marla has 24 hour fuel, accommodation, camping, a hotel, general store and restaurant. Desert or Oodnadatta. The Cadney Roadhouse has hotel rooms, a powered caravan park, camping sites and a swimming pool.
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