Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest is not listed on the tourism business council and is slightly difficult to get to because it’s so remote BUT…
... if you miss it, you’ll be kicking yourself! And here's why...
In an entire town where the homes, businesses, and all other structures are dug right out of the ground it takes a site as insane as Crocodile Harry’s Underground Nest & Dugout to stand out with its cacophonous collection of bones, primitive art, and messages from visitors.
Harry is what Australian legends are made of – Crocodile Dundee was based on him. But his real life stories put the movie to shame.
Crocodile Harry was an ex northern territory crocodile hunter who moved to Coober Pedy in the 1970s to fossick for opals. He was one of Coober Pedy’s most infamous characters and lived in an eccentric dugout (underground home typical of Coober Pedy). Sadly, Crocodile Harry passed away in 2006. Apparently he claimed he was Arvid Von Blumentals, a Latvian Baron who was forced to leave his country after World War II.
He became the original crocodile hunter by mistake. Living in the Northern Territory there’s a giant risk of crocs eating you and it’s so incredibly remote that when you’re in trouble deep in the mangroves, no one will hear you scream. So with a bit of quick thinking and a bit of hand to ‘claw’ combat, Harry took down the croc with a few stabs using the only protection he had – a hand-knife.
Not wanting to waste what he had just killed, he tried the sell the crocs as dog food – but unbeknownst to him, the buyer wanted to pay him $500 per crocodile! He went out and got a few more, funding his his newly accustomed lifestyle of making heaps of cash only to blow it on ladies and booze.
When he finally grew sick of being a badass Aussie superhero, he moved to Coober Pedy to chase the opal and thus Crocodile Harry’s Nest was born.
Many people from throughout Europe know of him and his underground nest through the Lonely Planet's "Guidebook to Australia".
Exploring Crocodile Harry’s Nest is definitely a highlight for anyone. His underground dugout featured in the movie ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’. The walls are covered in messages from tourists all around the globe.
Even though Harry sadly passed away in 2006 but his Dugout is open to the public from 9am - 12 midday and 2pm - 6pm daily (closed from midday to 2pm)
An interview with Crocodile Harry in his underground house near Coober Pedy. Harry discusses his battle with the biggest crocodile he ever caught, an eight metre monster.