My husband and I really loved our stop in Coober Pedy because of this unique camping experience. We chose to stay here for the novelty, but it was so much more than that. The temperature underground is perfect, and you are out of the wind that central Australia is famous for. The hosts were friendly, approachable and helpful. The other guests were like-minded travelers adding to our experience here. We utilised the camp kitchen and ablutions while there which were old but very functional. The sunsets and stars are just amazing from this property also. If you are planning on camping at Coober, then Riba's is a great choice.
Overall the worst place I have ever stayed at. For $66 got a room with a bed, light and door. NOTHING else except some clothes hooks. NOT even a power point to charge camera batteries. Okay if you have a fully equipped mobile home or caravan but for a single traveller only in a car or SUV terrible. Never again.
We loved our stay at Reba’s. Jason’s tour was excellent and gives a brilliant perspective on opal mining in CP. The facilities were clean and well maintained. We liked that the camp was just outside of town. The underground camping for people with tents is unique. Great spot!!
Have arrived today to Rivas underground camping. We are staying in the shade cloth sheltered space. Perfect for our camper trailer. Just completed the mine tour with Jason. Wow so informative. In the heat of Cooper Pedy today the breeze was most welcome. Very quiet, no road noise. Very ram amenities included a fully enclosed camp kitchen to keep the flies at bay. Still to check out other facilities including tv room and underground camping tomorrow. Don't hesitate to stay here. But please don't book and not arrive, so unfair for families trying to run a good business.
On the outskirts of town with no activities for the little ones, but considering the climate you wouldn't want them out during the middle of the day anyway. We had a powered site for the van, which doesn't give you any water access as with most van sites, but that is Coober Pedy across the board, they do however have free showers, all other van sites charge.
This tour was one of the few tours that were available during the down period in Coober Pedy. I found our guide, a local miner, extremely informative and knowledgeable as well as hilarious throughout the night. I would say this is more of a detailed lesson into opal mining rather than a tour of the mine itself. We did walk through 3 small areas of the mine but it felt like I was standing in the one spot for a good while. Despite this, I think the explanations were clear and very interesting for anyone interested in opals or mining. I would recommend.
An absolutely amazing place to stay, particularly the underground camp site! We were greeted by the female owner who was warm and welcoming and she went through a town map to highlight which places were currently open and closed (we arrived at night) so this was very helpful. She also pointed out a ‘scenic route’ around Coober Pedy along the Dog Fence which we were so happy she did as the view was incredible (highly recommend doing it for sunrise - we cooked brekky at the lookout) The bathroom facilities were spotless and convenient, plenty of room in the shower cubicle and lots of hooks to hang clothes and towels up, a welcomed feature. Underground camping was a very surreal experience, it was hot and windy above ground but was lovely and cool underground but when the temperature dropped above ground overnight the underground temperature was toasty warm. I do recommend ear plugs as it can be a bit “echo-ey” underground. We were camped next to a person who snored like a freight train so a little tip just in case you are a light sleeper. Overall this place is absolutely outstanding and a must when staying in CP! We will be back and will be recommending to all! …
There is something special about parking in the gravel carpark at Riba’s and then descending below ground through carved rock tunnels. We set up two tents and had a very quiet, comfortable night with the family. Would highly recommend a visit.
We stayed in Ribas for 3 nights in the underground camping area. It was a unique experience that we would definitely reccommend. The camp areas were separated which made it feel more private than camping in a field etc.And the facilities are super clean. The tv room is a really nice space to escape the heat or cold in the winter and has a huge TV and charging points for phones when you're on the underground camping. The kitchen has 2 bbq stations and 2 stoves, it was always clean and it manages to keep the flies out when you're eating which was great! Lovely hot showers that were always clean. Jason gave us a tour of the mine onsite which we really enjoyed. Lots of interesting info from someone who knows what he's talking about! They couldn't be more helpful and we had a great time staying here :)…
We looked at all caravan parks before making the decision to stay at Riba's. Ariane was friendly, and prompt in replying to our enquiry and gave us great advice on what to see and do during our stay. This young family took over the park this year and are accomodating and welcoming which is so refreshing!. It is only a 5 min drive to town and we felt safe and it was nice and quiet too! The children loved 'noodling' in their own little pit, venturing 'underground to the TV chill area' and exploring the terrain of the park. The FREE hot showers were divine at the end of the day. We jumped on the tag-a-long tour and were impressed with the information Jason imparted. His passion and interest in mining made this tour memorable. We highly recommend staying at this park. Outback Bar and Grill have incredible pizzas too btw and Lookout #1 is the perfect place at the Breakaways to see the sunset! Spectacular views. …