By Samuel Smith
Last updated on: April 23, 2019 at 3:09 pm
Driving north out of Adelaide, suburbia gradually gives way to rocky ravines, sprawling desert landscapes and truckloads of charm.
1. Coober Pedy
It gets hot in the desert. Really hot. To beat the sweltering outback sun, Coober Pedy residents have created their own subterranean world. Roll into town, then descend underground into a labyrinth of houses, restaurants, galleries, hotels, shops and even churches.
Coober Pedy is also known as the opal capital of the world, so you’re going to want to try your luck fossicking for gems. One of the most popular places to trawl for treasure is an opal field just outside of town, affectionately dubbed ‘The Jeweller’s Shop’.
Just 25km north of Coober Pedy lies the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. An Aboriginal-owned heritage site, the area is famous for its flat-topped mountains that glimmer in shades of pink, yellow and orange at sunset. Spend the afternoon exploring, then sit back, drink in hand, taking in Coober Pedy’s unique moonscape.
Stay the night: RAA members save when staying at the Coober Pedy Desert Cave Hotel.