Australia loves big large structures and most of them are tourist attractions which can be found along major roads in every state and territory. The opal capital of Australia – Coober Pedy – has the Big Winch, a huge replica of the simple machinery used to bring opals to the surface.
Coober Pedy is located 845 km north-east of Adelaide via Port Augusta. As a tribute to Coober Pedy's opal-mining industry, Klaus Wirries built the Big Winch in the 1970s. The current 8 metres (26 ft) high structure is a replica as the original was destroyed in a fire in 1986. It was rebuilt soon afterwards.
Sitting on top of a mound, the Big Winch Lookout offers excellent 360 degrees scenic views over the town, including underground homes with flat rooftops and almost barren surroundings. If you are into photography, come here just before sunset for some amazing photos.
You can also see some unusual sculptures from the set of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome There is also a tree made out of scrap iron that to be called "The First Tree in Coober Pedy" by artist Klaus Wirris. Cooper Pedy was affected by the worst drought in history between 1960 and 1966. Klaus then decided to make this sculpture as he said this tree would be the only tree he would not kill by over watering!
Down at the foothill, you can find a cafe and an opal shop. The café is famous with its a freshly baked Belgian waffle. You can also find some undercover outdoor seating area nearby. The Big Winch clearly supports Coober Pedy's claim as Opal Capital of the World!