Travel notes for travelling to Coober Pedy from the Flinders Ranges
Best months to go:
April to October. Days are warm (16-20C) and clear, but the temperature drops dramatically at sunset, so pack warm clothing. November to March brings day temperatures in excess of 40C. Winter and early spring rains can bring flash floods – and the wildflower season.
Most under-rated aspect:
Aboriginal culture – so intangible as there’s no built heritage. Iga Warta and Nepabunna are places where Aboriginal people can show you their land. Pick up an Aboriginal Trail brochure for information.
Most over-rated aspect:
Witchetty grubs. They taste a little like prawns if you concentrate – but give me bush tucker such as a quandong pie from the Copley Bakery or some lemon myrtle smoked salmon at the Prairie Hotel in preference any day.
Be prepared for:
Flat tyres on non-sealed roads. Having to pee in the bushes if you explore further than the main tourist trails. Take note of road signs and check whether two-wheel drive vehicles are suitable for off-the-highway experiences. Check camping requirements and facilities before you go.
Watch out for:
Wildlife, including emus, parrots and eagles. Sunsets on the rugged escarpments.
Best value encountered:
Swagging at one end of the scale, and at the other, for the softest landing in a rugged place, the Prairie Hotel.