We got to sleep in a bit today and woke up at 8 for our tour of opal mine that’s next door/below our hotel. We watched a video about opal mining in Cooper Pedy then a lady gave us a demonstration of how they polish and shape the stones. After the quick demonstration she took us downstairs so we could walk around the old opal mine. It was so much larger than I thought and a little creepy because it would have been very easy to get lost in the tunnels.
When we got back up to the surface some people bought opals as souvenirs and I just walked around the museum part. Once everyone was back at the hotel Damien took us to our surprise activity which was kangaroo orphanage called Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. It is this lady and her family who take in kangaroos who are injured or who are found in the pouches of kangaroos that have been hit by cars. They receive no funding except through donations. We got to feed some kangaroos that they took in and see one of the joeys that she saved recently. She nursed them back to health then if they are ready the kangaroo gets released to a reserve. It was so cool being so close to a kangaroo. They were like her puppies and so sweet to us. They also were incredibly soft.
Went back to hotel for lunch then packed car and left to go to William Creek. We stopped to get gas and take a picture with a giant sign that had the truck and tool they use for mining. We took some group photos then Adrian from the tour climbed to the top of the sign.
As we were driving you could spot quite a few broken down and deteriorating cars. Damien told us that there is only 1 tow truck company near the long stretch of dirt road so they charge $2000 just to tow your car. He said if you break down on that road sometimes its cheaper to leave the car to rot and buy a new one.
We arrived in William Creek and the “hotel” was a couple tralers put together on a campsite with a tiny tiny bar and restaurant. It was such a weird place and as we were driving up there was a tree filled with dead cats. We didnt realize but it was a prop for a horror movie filmed there so Damien fooled all of us and said thats what they did with stray cats. What made it super creepy and believable was the place we were staying at really could have been pulled straight out of a horror film. After he freaked a girl out by putting one of the cats on her bed we all realized they were just a stuffed doll. After dinner a bunch of us crammed in a room to play some drinking games.