Coober Pedy - Where to stay?

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 01:01
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Hi Forumites,

We will be calling in to Coober Pedy for 2 nights late July (19/20), on the way home to WA after a Red Centre visit via GCR. Travelling with another family and both towing off-road camper trailers. I've looked at the available caravan parks on the net but the choice doesn't seem clear. I am looking for some feedback/recommendations. Between us we have 7 kids under 12, so preference is for a kid friendly park.

Thanks in advance,
Hugh
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Reply By: trakers - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 09:47

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 09:47
Hi Hugh -- I have spent quite a bit of time in Coober and it's pretty hot and dusty on it's day. I have camped at the Stuart CP(on the right hand side going in) and found the ground VERY hard when we came to putting up the camper trailer. I was through there April this year and noticed a CP next to the Ampol on your left hand side going in (in the back yard of a motel ) It looks a lot more sheltered than the Stuart but don't know what the ground is like. I would be checking it out before I made up my mind. It would be just as kid friendly as any thing else there. Have a great stay and try out the pizza's at Johnny's Pizza (across the road from the Opal Cave ) they are the best in Australia!!
Cheers Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:33

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:33
G'day,
I agree about Johnny's Pizza's.
John has sold the place, but he's still about to lent a hand.

It's been years that I have stayed at a caravan park there.
I now usually stay at Radeka's Downunder, 08 8672 5223.
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If staying there please say Hi to Yveline for me.

Cheers,
Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:37

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:37
I'll try again with the web site,
Radeka Downunder
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:01

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:01
In my opinion, the only place to stay is the Coober Pedy Oasis Caravan Park. It's the closest one to the highway. Ph No. (08) 8672 5169
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:59

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:59
I agree with jolls. Leave the campertrailers packed up and give yourselves a treat - enjoy the unique experience of living under ground. The kids will remember it always.
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Reply By: jolls - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:26

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:26
Hugh,

As an alternative I would recommend renting out one of the dug out houses in town. My kids still rave about the experience of living underground five years later. Saves having to worry about having to put pegs in the ground.

Cheers

Craig
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:50

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:50
Have stayed at both CP's. the ground is just as hard in both.
Vince
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Reply By: jules15 - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:52

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 11:52
I agree about hard ground in Coober - have stayed behind the hotel and at the Oasis - the Oasis is a bit bigger with a bbq shed - very handy with kids - though I would book in (it also has a locked gate at night) the pub doesn't.
There is of course the one on the highway on the way out (coming from the North) - never been there - but it is sort of out of town - whereas the others you can walk everywhere. Fascinating place - go up the Big Winch - the museum there is interesting - lots to see around the place. I really quite like it.
I believe they have a wind turbine for power now - so you may hear that at night - but nothing to disturb your sleep. also petrol is cheaper if you go the depot at the back of the town usually. Enjoy your trip
Jules
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Reply By: ceredig - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 15:53

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 15:53
I was there in April and would recommend the one near to the highway. If you think of Coober P high street as being up hill, I mean the caravan park up the hill on the left, at the town edge. Or, the first thing you see on the way in. Big sign, swimming pool, restuarant.
Have fun.

(If you get a chance to live underground, do it!)
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 17:45

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 17:45
go to rebas underground dont have to unpack much only bedding my daughter and grand kids slept there for one night 4yrs ago and still talk about the experience shower is different mine tour included about 10ks out of town or 1st c/p on way in port augusta end had camels on fence last time we were there its kids friendly and cook pitzas on site

steve
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