Shhhh… I am going to share a little secret with you all… Having grown up in Australia, this is an insider tip that I am quickly discovering many North Americans do not know about!
Close your eyes and envision this… Blue sky as far as the eye can see, the amazing colours of the vast Australian Outback, and you in a 4WD with a pile of mail bouncing along the red dirt roads.
That is right folks, the Outback mail run is my little secret which is a secret no longer.
The Outback mail run is truly a unique experience for anyone that wants to say they have done something different in Australia. If you have a sense of adventure and want your friends to say “where’s that?” when you come home from your trip then this is the adventure for you!
This fun experience commences in a town in South Australia called Coober Pedy. This remote town is famous for its underground houses and world famous opals. In order to get to Coober Pedy you can either fly from Adelaide or catch The Ghan Train to remote Manguri Train Station. You should stay no fewer than 2-3 nights in Coober Pedy as there is much more to see and do other than the mail run, plus you get to stay in underground accommodations.
The Outback mail run is operated approximately twice per week by a bloke called Peter. This adventure is a full day journey with you travelling over approximately 600 kms (370 miles) of red dirt roads and playing the real mailman for Australia Post. You will get to see the real Outback when you meet the people who live at the stations and rely on this lifeline to stay connected to the world. Enjoy a cuppa tea with them while learning about their lives, hearing stories from the characters who make the Aussie Outback what it is. Then move on to the next station whilst looking out the window for kangaroos and other Australian wildlife.
Trust me. As an Aussie I can say this is something everybody should do.
To find out more info on how you can join in on this Outback Adventure in Coober Pedy South Australia please contact us!
-Photo supplied by the Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy.