Big Winch, Coober Pedy
Sitting on top of a mound overlooking the town, Big Winch was originally built in the 1970s as a tribute to Coober Pedy's opal-mining industry. Today, the main reason to visit this 8 m (26 ft) tall structure is its scenic lookout, which offers sweeping views of the town's underground homes with flat rooftops and almost barren surroundings. If you have a sweet tooth, grab a freshly baked Belgian waffle at the nearby cafe. Take a look at our Coober Pedy online travel planner to schedule your visit to Big Winch and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Big Winch Reviews
Don't bother going. All it is, is a large winch, a no-working blower from a mine and a tree statue. Nothing else was open. Best thing about it was that it didn't cost any money to see it. more »
Interesting place to visit, however we enjoyed the lookout and understood the layout of Coober Pedy much better after the visit. more »
Great view from here but it was a disappointment to us that the museum and souvenir shop was shut permanently at the time we visited. On the positive side the viewing area was eell maintained and jad a few tables to use if you wanted to.
Great lookout spot with some cool information. Great spot to see sunset, as it faded from Orange to purple
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