and PIMBA (population 1800) (502km north of Adelaide)
Pimba has a service station - Spud’s Roadhouse - at the junction of the Stuart Highway and the side road to Woomera.
Woomera is a dry and quiet isolated army town in arid lands 10km off the Stuart Highway. Its sole reason for existance is as a Australian and American military rocket launching and space observation. Spare army barricks are now being used to house asylum seekers from the middle east, something which has brought the Australian government criticism for inhumanity. Woomera has a space museum, a small shopping centre with supermarket and two accommodation options.
Woomera Travellers’ Village has backpacker accommodation. Phone 08 8673 7800. Single $15 with fan, $17 with air-con. Double $20 with fan, $24 with air-con. On-site vans with air-con from $25. Self-contained cabins $60. Motel units $45. Communal kitchen.
u u ² Woomera Eldo Hotel. Kotara Crescent. Phone 08 8673 7867. 20 units at $75. 136 rooms are cheap with shared bathroom from $33.
From Woomera the side road continues north to the modern mining town
of Roxby Downs and the frontier opal mining town of Andamooka.
Umoona Opal Mine and Museum is on the main street. It only stopped mining a few years ago when mining was banned on the main street. It has a underground opal shop, historical display and mine tour.
Desert Cave Hotel, also on the main street, has a good underground historical display and opal shop.
Old Timers Mine
There are numerous other opal shops. Generally prices opal prices are cheaper here than in the cities.
There is also an underground church on the main street
The underground bookshop is a useful information centre. You can enquire about tours to outlying mines and joining the Oodnadatta and William Creek 600km mail run along dusty roads for $60 - a way to see some really remote places but without taking your own vehicle. The mail run is Monday and Thursday.
Joe’s Backpackers Oliver St, part of the Budget Motel. Phone 08 8672 5163. Bed in underground dorm $14. Free transfer from bus station and airport.
Backpackers’ Inn Oliver St, part of the Radeka’s Downunder Motel. Phone 08 8672 5223. Dorm beds in 4 bed underground alcoves $14, twin/double $35. Kitchen, laundry. Free transfers to/from bus station and airport.
Opal Cave Bedrock is basic. Hutchinson St. Phone 08 8672 5028. Dorm $12. Limited kitchen facilities.
Motel and Hotel Accomodation
u u u u Desert Cave Hotel Hutchinson St. Phone 08 8672 5688. 50 units of which 19 are underground. Single/double $145, triple $160. Pool, spa, sauna, gym, restaurant.
u u u The Coober Pedy Experience Motel. Crowders Gully Road. Phone 08 8672 5777. 10 underground units. Single $80, double $90. Flag Inn chain.
u u u The Underground Motel Catacombe Rd. Phone 08 8672 5324. 8 units. Single $65, double $80. Includes breakfast.
u u ² Radekas Downunder Motel Oliver St. Phone 08 8672 5223. 8 units of which 6 are underground. Single $55-$65, double $65-$75. Shared kitchen.
Umoona Opal Mine Hutchinson St. Phone 08 8672 5288. 7 undergorund rooms. Single $15, twin $25. Limited shared kitchen facilities.
Getting To & From Coober Pedy
Kendall Airlines / Ansett flies from Adelaide for $262. Phone 131300. The Desert Cave Hotel runs the airport shuttle bus into town ($5). Most hostels will pick up if you ring ahead.
Stateliner buses to Adelaide cost $82. They stop in coober Pedy at the Ampol service station on the main highway.
Greyhound Pioneer buses run to Adelaide ($87), Yulara (Ayres Rock) ($66), Alice Springs ($70) and beyond.
McCafferty’s buses stop at John’s Pizza on the main street. Alice
Springs is $69.
PARK (population nominal) (1035km
north of Adelaide)
Cadney homestead operates a road house here.
u u ²
Cadney Homestead Motel Stuart Hwy. Phone 08 86707994. 6 units. Single
$70, double $77, extra child $3.50. There may also be cheap basic accomodation.
(population 243) (1099km north of Adelaide)
This is a small service town for travellers and the far north of South Australia. The population is predominantly Aboriginal. From Marla the unsealed Oodnadatta Track leads off to Oodnadatta and William Creek then Maree where it meets a bitumen road. Do not drive your vehicle on remote unsealed roads without the proper precautions and preparations - contact local police before setting off.
u u ²
Marla Travellers Rest Hotel Motel Stuart Hwy. Phone 08 8670 7001.
49 units. Single $59-$69, double $65-$75.
(population nominal) (277km south of Alice
Kulgera is the first road house across the border in the Northern Territory
Kulgera Roadhouse Hotel Motel Stuart Hwy. Phone 08 8956 0973. 10
units. Double $42-$65, extra child $6. Barbeque.
(population nominal) (200km south of Alice
Erldunda has a busy roadhouse at the junction of the Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway which goes to Ayres Rock (Uluru) 260km east.
u u Desert
Oaks Motel Cnr Stuart and Lasseter Hwys. Phone 08 8956 0984. 54 units.
Single $66, double $78, extra child $10. Pool, tennis court, laundry.
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If heading north along the Stuart Highway
After that, return to the Stuart Hwy and head north to Alice Springs (For the adventurous there is a back route to Alice Springs for 4WDs only).
If heading south on the Stuart Highway