Big Winch

Big Winch, Coober Pedy: Hours, Address, Big Winch Reviews: 3.5/5

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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
With spectacular views over Coober Pedy, the Big Winch has been a popular attraction and meeting place for visitors and locals since it was built by Claus Wirries in the early 1970’s. Claus was an opportunistic man who had an eye for things that would appeal to visitors. Pictures of his trademark bowler hat and the dachshunds who had their own dugout kennel must feature in travel diaries around the world. Claus was a man of vision, a persuasive man who helped many people but he over-reached and, in the end, had make a quick departure from town. The Steel Tree The steel tree on the hill overlooking the town with the Big Winch was created by Bob Amorosi to give his kids the experience of a tree in a town that, at that time, had no trees. The twisted metal used to construct the tree, resulting from a freight truck fire around 200km south of Coober Pedy.
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442Mark
Brisbane, Australia44 contributions
Jun 2022
Some interesting displays outside and inside. Unfortunately the surround video system wasn't working at the time we visited.
Written 18 June 2022
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sydneysider48
Sydney, Australia928 contributions
May 2022
The lookout at the Winch provides an excellent overview of this interesting town and surrounding moonscape with unending heaps of spoil.
Written 22 May 2022
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Rebecca C
8 contributions
Sep 2021
We ate here a few nights in a row as we couldn't get enough of the atmosphere and the views. The food is good and the location superb.
Written 11 September 2021
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apim
Sydney, Australia316 contributions
Jun 2021
The views are mesmerizing, best time to visit is sunrise when you can wind down with some drinks and nibbles after a days of Coober pedy city tour
Written 24 August 2021
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Jonique Life
Australia2 147 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Great views of Coober Pedy up here. It is free to get in and you can get a nice meal also. There is a small opal store and souvenir shop inside. The lookout outside has the Big Wench and other interesting pieces to look at. Would definitely recommend coming here.

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Written 1 June 2021
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia344 contributions
May 2021
If you want to see a 360 degree view of Coober Pedy this is the place to go. No payment is needed and the viewing area is accessible up a slight ramp,
Written 23 May 2021
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Sammi
12 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
This place is the best place for a relax evening. I see the most beautiful sunset in my life at big winch. The food are delicious we had tried few dishes and they are all delicious and big portion. Went there two nights during our stay in cooper pedy. Highly recommended
Written 17 May 2021
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1 384 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We decided to see this winch more for the look-out of Coober Pedy and it was good to see the area and the breakaways in the distance... Not much to do up there as 360 was closed but we still enjoyed our visit. It really needs a bit of a spruce up so do not expect too much.
Written 27 December 2020
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fmackUk
Mitcham, Australia371 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Not the best viewpoint or photo op, try welcome to CB sign at sunset instead. Remnants of derelict shops and exhibition centre up here. Shows that the place is losing steam.
Written 5 October 2020
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Aussie59
46 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice lookout of Coober Pedy within the town. No facilities open up there. Good sunset views can also be had from up here
Written 7 September 2020
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Big Winch is open:
  • Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59