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Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest & Dugout

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
Author/lecturer/Intuitive/Natural Therapist/Artist/Soap-Maker/Chef. WEBS: or Also find us under RenascentBathBody or RenascentCollege on eBay, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram
Published April 14th 2013
The most amazing home ever created
As a visitor to Harry's home, you may feel like you have stepped into some other time dimension or dropped into some alien universe.

Harry has a great love for the female form, evident throughout. *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

Truth be known, this may have been the experience Harry was trying to create.

Crocodile Harry's \ home has been used on film sets in famous movies like Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Originally from Latvia, Harry spent over 13 years in the north of Australia hunting crocodiles. He then decided to try his luck looking for opals and mining in Coober Pedy.

An amazing collection of hats hanging from the kitchen roof *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

Whilst here, he set about making his art into his home and words really cannot begin to describe how bizarre and unique his art is.

Not too sure if the stove works, image *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

Is it worth the visit?
If you love things that are eccentric, bizarre and something amazing created from nothing, you will love it.

Fake snakes rest in lighting tunnels *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

Harry is no longer with us, having departed this earth, however you can share some of his experiences visiting Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest.

The entrance - no wonder they wanted to use it in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

Crocodile Harry's dugout home is located on 17 mile road north of Coober Pedy, just look for the signs.

A rather low maintenance garden, *Copyright Lesley Mitchell

A self-guided tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child

Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest is open:
9 AM to midday and 2 PM to 6 AM everyday.
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Why? be inspired and amazed at the art work of one amazing individual
When: 9 AM to midday and 2 PM to 6 AM everyday
Where: Crocodile Harry dugout home is located on 17 mile road north of Coober Pedy, just look for the signs.
Cost: A self-guided tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child
Your Comment
What a cool place. I love the paper mache cave.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12604) 2717 days ago
fascinating place!! Have never been to Coober Pedy, but would love to.
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3626) 2717 days ago
Great article, Lesley! I visited there as a young backpacker years ago and found it intriguing too.'s not paper mache, although it does appear to be. It's actually all underground...kind of like a man-made cave. Coober Pedy is in the arid country of central Australia where it gets very hot. To escape the heat, many miners live in what are called dug-outs, houses which are dug out of the ground. Quite a few of these are rather fancy, although most are pretty rustic! Some miners have even found valuable opals while they've been excavating their homes!
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|950) 2717 days ago
Hey Carolyn, I know a funny tale like that too. There was a miner who lived there for 40 years in the hopes of striking it lucky, every day he went out to the mines.

After 40 unsuccessful years, he sold his underground home and moved to the city.
The new owner was a foot taller and not wanting to redo all the flooring in the home he decided to go up and make the roof 1 roof higher.

Sure enough, just above the bed, he struck $3million in opals.

For 40 years the miner had been sleeping under his millions.

Stories like this abound in these areas.

Always a mixture of emotions to hear.
by Lesley Mitchell (score: 3|3513) 2717 days ago
Wow, the photos are great. Seems like a really interesting place.
by TheOnlyFiona (score: 2|423) 2716 days ago
Typical Antis of Coober Pedy what a great article and fantastic place
by zanes (score: 1|89) 2710 days ago
Yes, no paper mâché involved, it is all carved out of solid stone, but it does have that ethereal paper appearance.
An amazing part of our history.
by Lesley Mitchell (score: 3|3513) 2717 days ago
Went there as a kid and it was like an Alice in Wonderland adventure. The most memorable thing for me was the giant pink ladies torso complete with the appropriate anatomical parts. Harry encouraged my then 3 year old brother to touch the belly button and surprise it played music! So sad to hear that such a character of the outback has passed, but so good to know that his efforts are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Coober Pedy may not look like much on the surface, but it is such a fascinating place to visit, not to mention all the beautiful opals!
by Tabatha (score: 1|76) 2717 days ago
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