Coober Pedy

Today was a bit lazy, booked for a tour tomorrow and generally bummed around this morning. This afternoon we did a few things. First on the list was Tom’s working opal mine which is a few kms North on the Stuart Hwy. Couple of interesting characters run the place but then I think Coober Pedy is full of interesting characters and Tom’s Wife/partner /mother not sure which, was a wealth of knowledge. A small snippet was that there are no mining companies in Coober Pedy. Each mine can only be mined by one miner and the tenement is 100mts by 50 mtrs. She believes the miners are dying out none of the younger generation want to work the mines. Here are a few shots from around the mine.

Flowers

Images of Tom’s  working mine
Images of Tom’s  working mine
Images of Tom’s  working mine

Looking Nth over Coober Pedy

Next stop was Faye’s place. This underground house was built by Faye and two of her female friends – apparently she believed that anything any bloke could do she could do and she certainly lead an interesting life. One which saw her heavily involved in the community. She built the house with hand tools (pick, shovel and wheel barrow) and it even has an in ground pool.  It probably was the highlight of today and the guide was fantastic who provide an amazing insight to an amazing lady.

Inside Faye’s House

Inside Faye’s House

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