From Woomera to Coober Pedy

From Woomera to Coober Pedy

Today saw us only needing to travel 400 km to our next stop so allowed us to enjoy a later start to the day.Whilst I stayed back with our two youngest, my husband took our older children for a bike ride to the rocket museum in Woomera, we followed that up with breakfast relaxing on the back of the Jayco Basestation.

Breakfast at woomera

Woomera is an interesting Caravan Park, there really is not much there. You can tell that its a not a holiday destination, more somewhere you stop when you are travelling through. It has what you need but no bells or whistles. However, everyone was very friendly.  Our children loved running around chasing the birds, a great way to stretch the legs after a few long days in the car.

Woomera to Coober Pedy

It’s a nice drive from Woomera to Coober Pedy, the road is very well maintained with lots of rest stops along the way.
Take the time to check out island Lagoon just out of Woomera.

Then only 40kms further down the road is Lake Hart a large Salt Lake with a great information board on the explorers Burke and Wills and Stuart, the highway’s namesake.

There is something magical about standing on a Salt Lake, the crystalised salt had a pinkish tinge to it.  We spent ages there exploring the area, reading the signs. trying to picture what it was like when it was a functioning Salt mine.

Burke and Wills explorers Burke and Wills explorers Lake Hart - Salt Lake Lake Hart - Salt Lake


If you can get past the very friendly flies, it is well worth it.

Lake Hart Salt lake on the way to Coober Pedy from Woomera

We travelled on to Coober Pedy, there where some other great opportunities to stop along the way. We love travelling in our Jayco Basestation as whenever the kids needed to stop we could pull over grab a bite to eat and not have to worry about the flies.

woomera to Coober pedy

The 400 km went very quickly and before we knew it we had arrived at Coober Pedy. We were ready to explore the famous underground city.

Coober Pedy Coober Pedy

Have you taken a road trip from Woomera to Coober Pedy?


16 thoughts on “From Woomera to Coober Pedy

  1. It’s always fun to read about your family’s adventures! Almost like we’re seeing it through the kid’s eyes. How fun to see the pink salt lake (that matched your daughter’s dress). What was it like to walk on? At first I’m thinking sandy, but then I’m not so sure. x

  2. I have heard a lot about the ‘pink salt lake’ as it is called although I haven’t actually been myself! I did not realize that there was a salt mine there either, do you know when the salt mine stopped being used by any chance?

  3. My parents had a camper we stayed in on camping trips. They also got an RV which was a nice way to travel. I have yet to give that experience to my kids. I would really like to in the future.

  4. you guys had such a wonderful journey , I never took that specific road trip but I loved reading about it and I felt like I was there with all of you ! by the way your kiddos are so adorable

  5. What an exciting thing it is to explore Australia, I’ve bet the kids will be forever grateful for the experience. My dream is to have a road trip with a caravan around Europe, I hope we will be able to do it one day!

  6. No I have never taken a road trip from woomera to cover pedy. Thanks for sharing your experience. I have one 8 year and traveling seem to be a handful. But I do enjoy the things we learn when we do travel. Now I’m wondering what a salt Mind look like back then

  7. Sounds like it was a fun road trip. I have never been out there but have been to salt lakes out here in the States and it was a lot of fun. I do love road trips and finding all the fun things to do along the way.

  8. Wow. That sure looks like an awesome place to take the family. The salt lake was a sight to see. I would love to learn more about Coober Pedy. An underground city sounds so intriguing. Hope you’d post photos and write about that experience too.

  9. That salt lake must have been a lovely sight to see, with the hints of pink. And coober pedy also looks like it would be a fun adventure. I haven’t been there myself, i’m Sure it was a fun family trip.

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