and here we are just out of Port Augusta, heading north along the Stuart Highway towards Alice Springs. (Map Here)
In the distance is what is known as Tent Hill. There are two of these hills, one large and one smaller.
The day was perfect with lovely bright sunshine and warmth. We didn't leave too early, making sure everything was alright here at home, then had lunch and headed off.
First stop along the way was just off the highway.
The road is pretty rough...
We rocked and we rolled a bit...
And there it was...
Normally a dry old salt lake,
but not this year...
The railway line runs right along the edge of the lake...
This is Lake Hart...
There were a few emerging everlasting wildflowers.
These feel like crisp paper when touched...
Come September these will be in bloom everywhere in the outback..
Hubby standing on the tracks he travels many times :)
A burnt out van.
We were to see a lot of burnt out vehicles along the way...
Off we go again, back to the highway.
Miles of nothingness except for saltbush...
Here we are just out of Coober Pedy and the sun was getting low...
We had traveled 536kms (333miles).
Coober Pedy is an Opal Mining town, you can learn more about it here and here Most dwellings are built underground.
We arrived at Coober Pedy about 6pm
and booked in to the Radeka Down Under motel
Hubby stays in this motel when he has a stop over job on the train. He knows the owner,
and organised a little tour of the underground back packers section of the motel.
We had to be very quiet though as there were people staying in these quarters.
Just plain rooms, some with curtains to pull across for privacy and some without.
Dad and Mum were travelling up to Alice Springs as well and we met up with them at Coober Pedy J
I changed the camera setting as it was dark and took these couple of freaky photos.
That is my Mum climbing the stairs.
It is dark down there...
Here is our motel room, with the bathroom down the back...
This was my first time sleeping underground. It felt a little claustrophobic and I suggested they paint a window with a view just so it felt a little normal. It was pitch black once the lights were out!
Naturally cool in Summer and warm in Winter. No need for air conditioning or heating. Maybe we all should be living underground!
Have any of my readers stayed underground? I would love to hear about it.
Back with day two tomorrow. This will be a shorter post as there is not that much to photograph while travelling J