Best place to stay at Coober Pedy

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G'day everyone,
We, Kim (45), Rob (56) & Will (10yo) will be at Coober Pedy on 24th Sept for a couple of nights. We are off on a 2 month trip from Melbourne up to Darwin, across to Cooktown and then back to Melb.
We plan on heading to renmark for a couple of nights, Mt Remarkable for a couple of nights then omto Coober Pedy.
We are tenting it,towing a trailer with all our gear. Would like to stay underground if practicle and am thinking of Riba's underground. Anyone pitched a tent there before? We don't mind paying for a motel if this a better option.

Cheers & Beers

Rob, Kim & Will
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Reply By: muffin man - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 21:11

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 21:11
The Desert Cave Hotel is the best place an CP but of course the dearest. We only stay there on all of our trips so can't comment on others.
MM
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Reply By: happytravelers - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 21:35

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 21:35
Hi Guys

We stayed at Riba's last year. Good for the novelty value, the kids loved it. It's made up of a central passage way with little alcoves along the sides just big enough to pitch a small tent or lay out a swag.

On the down side, you can hear all your neighbours snoring as sound travels underground at night. Also we found it very dusty as the roof and walls have not been sealed. Still fun for a night and the underground mine tour was interesting.

Jon
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Reply By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:02

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:02
What's the motel with the opal mine exhibits in some of the tunnels? It was nice, an interesting experience and the rooms were nice.
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Reply By: KevinE - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:32

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:32
Hi Kim & Will,

We've stayed at the Opal Inn, the Mud Hut & twice at the Stuart Range CVP. once in a cabin & once on a powered site. Also twice in Glendambo; of these, the mud hut wins hands down!

Cheers,

Kevin.
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Reply By: scoots68 - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 01:27

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 01:27
In 2010 we stayed at Ken & Ana's Underground B & B in Coober Pedy on our way home from Alice Springs, 2 adults, 4 kids. We were towing our van but stayed there for the experience and it was great. Great rooms, lovely people and well worth the experience. So much better than anything I imagined I'd get in Coober Pedy. It still has great reviews on tripadvisor. Plenty of room to park you car/van/trailer. We also stayed in the Big 4 on the way up, pretty ordinary CP even for Coober Pedy standards. The Top Tourist park looked much nicer.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 07:41

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 07:41
I can highly recommend the Comfort Inn and have stayed there a few times, the family owners are very nice and the lay out good.
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Reply By: sweetnam - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 08:12

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 08:12
We have stayed in the Mud Hutz - very nice

Camped in Riba's - fun once but no privacy

2nd time we took a room at Riba's and that was a better option for us 2A 2K.

Also - have to do Pizza at Johno's Pizza in the main street - awsome

All the best

B
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Reply By: Bravo Man - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:23

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:23
I stayed at Riba's underground for a night and found it a great experience.

If you do stay there camp well away from the entrance as there is fine gravel laid on the floor and everytime someone walks past your tent you hear the gravel noise with there footsteps.

The mine tour is great as well

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:01

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:01
Can recommend the Mud Hut Motel but it is not underground.
The Greek Taverna is great for a meal.
Suggest you book your accomodation ahead as there is a lot of non opal mining activity in the area.
Incidentally same goes for Port Augusta.
Ross
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Reply By: Member - Rod D (VIC) - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:38

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:38
I would also recommend the Country Comfort.
I stayed there a couple of years ago and the owners were very helpful and friendly.
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