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Some of the more unusual attractions in Australia

When travelling Australia there are many fascinating places to see and things to do. What with the Great Barrier Reef, exciting modern cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and the endless Outback, there are many great places to visit, but there is a rather more unusual side to Australia too.

When heading out on a road trip through Australia, one of the best ways to go is to hire a campervan from Spaceships Rentals – easy, versatile and convenient vehicles to get you in comfort from place to place on your travels.  For lovers of the strange, here are just a few suggestions for the more weird and wonderful places to drive to.

Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest and Dugout, Coober Pedy

Crocodile Harry
Photo:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 doctor_k_karen

Down in Coober Pedy, it gets pretty darn hot.  For that reason, the town has literally been carved out of the rock, with homes, shops and businesses all built into the cliff sides and underground.  Coober Pedy is the self-proclaimed opal mining capital of the world and a place of utter fascination, but while the fact that everything is virtually underground is unusual enough, Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest and Dugout makes it even more strange.

This unique spot was Crocodile Harry’s former home.  The man was infamous in the town and was well known for his unusual home, as well as his love of women.  Harry passed away in 2006 and right at the end he claimed he was a Latvian baron, who had been hiding there since World War II.  Whether this is actually true or not, his home has been turned into a major attraction in the town, popular with visitors.

All over the walls can be seen a variety of knick-knacks and objects, as well as tribal graffiti.  Some items were placed there by Harry himself, others have been left by visitors, along with many and varied messages from people who have visited the house.  While this is one of the most popular places to visit in Coober Pedy, its fame goes even further, as it was used as a set in several movies, including “Pitch Black” and the dystopian “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

Mad Max 2 Museum, Silverton

Mad Max 2 Museum
Photo: CC BY 2.0 Chris Fithall

Speaking of Mad Max, for anyone who saw the series of movies, there is a museum to visit in Silverton, Australia, called the Mad Max 2 Museum. This museum was created by a man who was so obsessed with the dystopian tales of the Road Warrior, Mad Max that he ended up moving to one of the settings where the movies were actually made.

The man, Adrian Bennett, then set up the museum, using both genuine and handmade props from the films, all set up in what looks like a post-apocalyptic shack out in the desert town. The museum has been open to the public since 2010 and features all kinds of things including full-size costumes and props, along with a huge range of photos and production stills from the movies.

However, the best displays in the museum are the working replica cars. Apparently one of them was actually used in the films as the Road Warrior’s vehicle.  The cars even get to drive around Silverton from time to time, for a bit of exercise to keep them in trim working order.

Toy Factory, near Adelaide

Toy Factory
Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Pete Johns

If travelling in the Adelaide area, take a drive out north to Gumeracha.  Here can be seen the Toy Factory, which displays the largest rocking horse in the world.  Standing 18 metres high, the giant size toy looms into the air, while the factory itself manufactures all kinds of wood toys, including jigsaw puzzles, doll houses, musical instruments, trucks and, of course, rocking horses.

Both kids and adults will find the factory fascinating to visit as it is open for tours, and you can even climb the rocking horse for a view of the surroundings. Should you choose to climb the rocking horse you will even receive a certificate of achievement.

These are just a few of the great attractions available in Australia.  Have a weird and wonderful visit Down Under!


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