Australian Outback Camping - a unique camping experience...underground in Coober Pedy
Riba's Underground Camping
1811 William Creek Road (1km from Stuart Highway)
5km south of Coober Pedy
North East South Australia
29 02 08 S 134 48 14 E
Outback Australia Camping - Coober Pedy underground camping
Riba's Underground Camping in Coober Pedy. Could this be the only underground camp ground in the world??
It is quite a bizarre experience to camp underground...but such a welcome relief from the heat and the flies in the summer and the cold in the winter of the unforgiving Outback. In the summer it remains a constant 22-25° celcius. But for me it was escaping the flies that really made it appeal.
The underground camp ground part of Riba's is only for tents or swags. Although there is room above ground for caravan camping (under some mesh shaded canopies).
The campsites are actually pretty spacious and private. The only down side for me was that sound travels better underground, and there was someone snoring really badly (actually reminded me of Chunk from the Goonies, when the kids first come across him in the basement)...ear plugs helped massively though, so might be best to get yourself a pair.
Rick (the owner) does an opal mine tour in the evenings, of the mine in the campground. If you go on the tour, which costs $22 per adult, you get your camping site for free, for that night. It was actually really informative. I knew nothing about how opal mining was done.
There are also rooms available underground if you fancy a night off from tent camping.
Australian Outback Coober Pedy - a totally unique Australia camping experience
Coober Pedy is a crazy place. Hot as hell in the summer, with flies of plague proportions. It looks like how the world might look should the majority of the population be killed off...I guess that is why Mad Max 3 was filmed here. It did grow on me though. Perhaps that is because our van broke down and we got to know a few locals in the process of getting her fixed, all from different corners of the globe, all happily living together in the desert, hoping to one day strike it rich in opal mining.
Unpowered campsite (underground): $15 per adult, $12 per child under 12
Unpowered campsite (above ground): $10 per adult, $6 per child under 12
Powered campsite (above ground): $28 per 2 adults, $10 per extra adult, $6 per child under 12, $24 per single adult
8 underground campsites
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Australian Outback - on the way to Coober Pedy South Australia
Note: No campfires
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