Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
flindersoutback.com 44 Andamooka 32 kilometres from Roxby Downs map reference E6, page 9 This wonderful mining desert town began its life when two boundary riders discovered opal on Andamooka Station in 1930. Within two years, 800 men from all over the world were gouging precious gemstone from an ancient seabed that had formed between 1.8 million and 70 million years ago. Today, you'll find no more than a few dozen active opal miners here. Discover Andamooka's unique 'matrix opal' or the rare beauty of the famous local crystal opal. Andamooka is the only town in Australia where the main thoroughfare is built in a creek bed and until 2008 every street was a government road. In 1968, the partial skeleton of a six-metre-long plesiosaur was discovered and is now on show at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Attractions You can try fossicking for your own piece of elusive opal but just double check that you're not on somebody's 'pegged' claim beforehand. On the camping ground adjacent to the playground is a noodling area for all to try their luck. Four-wheel drivers can visit the satellite opal fields of White Dam or the Stuart Creek opal diggings about 40 kilometres to the north of Andamooka. Located on the main street, five cottages make up the heritage-listed Andamooka Heritage Cottage precinct. The earliest was built in 1931, using wattle and daub, dry laid stone, native pine timbers, hessian bags and canvas, while the very adaptable kerosene tin was used for flues, ceilings and roofs. The cottages were occupied until the late 1970s. Duke's Bottlehouse was built in 1972 by Bela Sido with Rudi and Inge Duke. It was intended as an artist's studio and is made from 10,000 brown glass bottles. Dazzlingly white under a blue sky, the usually dry Lake Torrens, a 5700 square kilometre salt lake, is accessible to four-wheel drivers. Follow the designated road and do not drive on the surface -- it might look firm but it's not! Glendambo 114 kilometres from Pimba map reference C6, page 9 Glendambo is the only service centre between Pimba and Coober Pedy and offers two roadhouses, as well as the Glendambo Hotel/ Motel, which was built in the style of a large Outback shearing shed. Enjoy the sunsets and wide open spaces as well as direct access to the Eyre Peninsula via Wirrulla Road (unsealed) through the beautiful Gawler Ranges. The Breakaways, Coober Pedy Only in Coober Pedy will you nd underground churches and art galleries, as well as a golf course without a blade of grass.
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