Coober Pedy - better caravan park & water cost

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 18:46
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Which would be the best place for a couple of days stay (tenting it on this trip) in CP? Not after 5 star features - clean and quiet will do.

And is it true that drinking water has to be paid for? If so what is the cost? - for budget planning purposes.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:03

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:03
Last year the only camp that had watered sites was the Big 4 and you had to pay $5 a day extra.

However if you got a dry site you got the water for free in the ablution block Make sense I dont think so
The Ensuite sites also had water in the Ensuite but not for hooking up a van to.

The showers were 20c in the slot so be quick they dont last long

There is a tap in the main street for filling water in a van or Jerry can Has to be paid for Dont know price but its not huge.

Water in Coober Pedy is pumped from 72 km away thats why is charged for.




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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:08

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:08
Would recommend the Park at the top of the hill on the way into town, on the right coming from the south

After staying there cant recommend Big 4 for reasons I cant post here.
( not the water)
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Follow Up By: muffin man - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 14:31

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 14:31
You must have been there the same time as us, it was full of Kiwi's !
MM
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 14:43

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 14:43
We come over to top up the economy for you LOL


Actually it was a staff related thing not the tourists.



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Reply By: steved58 - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:39

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:39
I agree the one on the hill was ok can't remember the name big 4 was ok but sites were very small I think the water in town was about 20cents a litre did not need any myself Take some good strong tent pegs as the ground was very hard and very little shade amenities at both parks were good and clean

Have stayed at both or another option you can stay in a tent in an underground site have not done this myself but could be a novelty
check this link http://www.camp-underground.com.au/

Have a good trip
Steve
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Follow Up By: philip t jones - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:54

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:54
I would recomend the underground park about 5 ks south of town, camp in the underground rooms great experience

Phil
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:57

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:57
looks like a great spot Steve,First night free if you go on a mine tour and why wouldn't you...
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Follow Up By: Troppo Tom (Virginia, N.T.) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:10

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:10
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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:41

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:41
Don't know where you'd put a tent in Coober that has grass under it..... there weren't none in the CP we stayed at last year.
Not sure which one Graham is talking of, but we stayed at the Stuart Ranges CP, the one with the Pizza restaurant out front. Clean and tidy although the showers we paid for and didn't last long, as you would expect. Also we filled our water tanks there, but I don't recall having to pay for it. Maybe my wife did, and I just didn't realize.

The pizza's are superb, so even if you don't stay there, maybe treat yourself to one, they are very good. They also run a tour, cost us $50 a head and lasted about 5 hours, got to see a lot of Coober Pedy that day! Andy the driver was a great tour guide!

One of the opal shops is run by a fellow named Andy Shiels, I found him very entertaining to listen to with his tales of life underground!

Hope this helps, and have a great time there!

Cheers

Brian

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:55

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 19:55
Thats the one

We went to the underground one and one thing that stood out was you could hear the people that had curry for dinner from a great distance as it amplified the smallest of sounds LOL.





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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:22

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:22
we stayed at the underground place just out of town (Ribas i think it's called from memory), and yes the echoing in there is abit loud. if you don't like hearing people snoring then it's probably not for you...lol
it's a quirky thing to say you've done (camped underground that is), we just put a tarp down and rolled the sleeping bags out ontop of it, didn't bother setting up the tent, it's not like your gonna get wet...lol.
water is super expensive for the businesses out there, but as said already there was a place in the middle of town where people passing through could buy it, and wasn't really expensive.
you can also pay abit extra and get a room underground at Ribas, would be abit quiter in themi guess.
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:37

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:37
Yep,
The Stuart Range C.P. Don't camp too close to the amenities or in the path of the wind coming from them. The only downfall there.
Beaut people, beaut Pizza and also cheap rooms.
Yes, I know you have a tent & so do we. Particularly in Sept. it can get extremely windy. Tent mangling windy!!!
In the showers , they have slot meters where you put say 20 cents in & get a reasonable length shower,however, for a longer shower keep extra coins & when water runs out put another coin in. Not all at first. If you get the cheaper cabin-rooms.You pay for the water in your sml. tariff.
If you're getting Pizza ...book it early cos it gets very busy. They open at 5.30 or 5 p.m.
Don't go to the above ground ones in town for reasons which I can't say on here either. Whilst in Coober Pedy, you'll probably find out for yourselves.
Take care, safe travels.
Bye, Ma.
P.S. When the roosters start crowing , in that town it doesn't necessarily mean dawn is approaching!!!! Long story, not so funny then but I can laugh now 10 yrs. later.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:36

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:36
Hi Brian

Yes when ever we have to stay in Coober Pedy, we always stay at the Stuart Range CP also. Always been clean and tidy. We found for a good shower we would use 3 x 20 cent pieces.

Cheers

Stephen
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:26

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:26
Hi There,
We stayed at the Stuart Ranges CP over Xmas, we camped under the shade cloth area. Nice pool, clean facilities, no complaints at all. Make sure you visit the under ground church, well worth a visit, we went for the Christmas service, there weren't many at the service but the priest was something special, great guy, made you feel very welcome, a bit quirky in the nicest possible way. A very memorable experience.
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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:21

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 20:21
stuart range cp is pet friendly good pizzas buy fuel in town at small servo near supermarket not at big servo just before you get into town its more expensive bye barry
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Follow Up By: kend88 - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 09:33

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 09:33
We stayed at the CP behind the hotel, opposite the information centre, pretty well right in town. It was quite good.
From memory it was only $2 for 50 litres when I topped up the caravan water tanks.
Thought that was pretty reasonable as I believe it cost more than that for the town to produce the really good quality water using reverse osmosis.
Great little town, we only stayed two nights but will stay longer next time.

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Reply By: VicWayne - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 22:03

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 22:03
Riba's is cool.

They don't charge for showers either.

Managers are friendly and you get a tour of their old opal mine thrown in. My daughter enjoyed learning to divine water and so did I. We also got a quick lesson on how to make explosives. (Everyone on Coober Pedy knows how to make the stuff - I think thats why everyone is so friendly to each other)

If you go down main street and turn right at the drive-in, the service station just a little down that road sells fuel 10c/L cheaper than the Caltex on the highway. The wholesaler just around the corner from that servo also sells it at the cheap rate if you stay at Riba's (can probably mention anywhere else too ;).

The water station is on your right as your driving down main street and is before the drive-in turn off if memory serves.

My personal tip is go visit Nathan at Aretas Opals on main street. Only person in Coober Pedy who doesn't care about money. Cut and polished a 5 carat milky opal my 9yr old found in the noodling area in exchange for a post card from her on her travels. She even scored a free cornetto ice-cream and some triplets from him. Very nice man.
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Reply By: TheMightyMoose - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 08:47

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 08:47
Thanks to everyone who replied. Some excellent information in there.
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