Left at 7.30 this morning to drive to White Cliffs, about a 6-7 hour drive. Today saw us take our journey into Outback NSW. White Cliffs is an Opal mining town and opals were discovered in this area as early as 1884. The town's first store and hotel opened around 1892 and the miners soon arrived in town to dig out their fortunes.
Temperatures in this area are high, in summer mid-high 40's are normal, so most people live underground in dugouts to escape the heat. It was therefore only fitting that our accommodation for the night is the Underground Motel.
We arrived in White Cliffs around 4.30pm and had a look around and took some photos before relaxing with a drink, taking in the view.
The White Cliffs Underground Motel was built almost entirely by hand, using jack hammers. No two rooms are the same and the entire complex is the size of a football field underground. It is dug into ‘Poor Mans Hill’ (Smith Hill), so called due to the lack of opal, the first excavations of the site were done by a local opal miner around the early 1900′s.