Written Maria Angela Parajo. Published March 10, 2017
Take the adventure underground with these great packages that include White Cliffs accommodation at the Underground Motel:
The pair have been progressively renovating their home into a remarkable subterranean dwelling and offer tours at $10 per person between 11am and 2pm. Well worth the price, the home is located beside the Red Earth Opal Cafe.
But it’s not just about underground living. Off the Barrier Highway at Wilcannia, midway between Broken Hill and Cobar, head northbound to White Cliffs’ Opal Fields where you’ll be transported to a moonscape terrain of around 50,000 diggings.
While the mining boom has diminished, opal is still being found at White Cliffs and what better way to get an insight into the historic diggings of the 1890s than by visiting an underground working opal mine.
Walk down into the shaft and discover the gritty reality of mining. You know you’ve struck it big when you’ve unearthed the brilliant gem ‘pineapples’, but these are very rare, so rare in fact, that they have only ever been found in White Cliffs.
While fossicking for the elusive opal may not go as planned, you can always head by the local opal store and pick up one of the precious stones, which can often be cheaper than the ones in major retail outlets.
Looking for a special place to stay overnight? Immerse yourself in the local experience with a stay at the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel.
Located on a mesa locally known as ‘Poor Man’s Hill’ (due to its lack of opal), this man-made underground lodge welcomes travellers with a unique experience. Switch off from the world above and see first-hand what it is like living in a dugout.
The maze of passageways lead you to a stairwell that take you up to the star gazing room where you can see the brilliant night sky and can enjoy the vast sunsets and sunrises.
There’s also a small on-site History and Cultural Centre for those interested to learn more about the community.
Insulated from the harsh outback heat, the indoors remain at a cool and comfortable 22 degrees all year round.
White Cliffs is a comfortable two-day tour from Broken Hill, allowing you to experience a true outback experience, underground.
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