The name of Cooberpedy
in the opal outback seems to have come from the Aboriginal translation
of "coober", meaning boy/white man and "pedy" meaning a hole.
So the translation of the name took on the meaning of "white man down a hole".
Opal is mined from the CooberPedy Precious Stones Field which covers an area of just under 5,000 square kilometres - only a small area of this has been worked.
It is a fascinating township where most of it's residents live underground, due to the heat and temperature that can reach to 50 deg.C in summer, or more.
The idea of living underground is believed to have originally come
from the influx of miners to Cooberpedy in who were returned soldiers
who had been used to living in the trenches in Europe during the Great
War of 1914 -18 and understood the advantages of a constant temperature
of a "dugout".
In your own travels to the Cooberpedy opal outback ,or it's surrounds of Andamooka or Mintabie, did you find a place that you really enjoyed.
What made it a special and interesting place to you ? What about it appealed to you ?
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Tell us your story of an interesting place at Cooberpedy that you came across and what impressed you the most about it - and why?
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