The Big Winch in Coober Pedy, South Australia is 8 metres high and sits atop a hill that overlooks the town. It was constructed in 1970s by Klaus Wirries to commemorate Coober Pedy’s opal industry, but the original was destroyed in 1986. A new Big Winch was rebuilt shortly afterwards.
The Big Winch is not meticulously cared for, as these days, it looks a little old and rundown. While Juz went over to check it out, Dave was hijacked by a clingy man from Hong Kong who did his best to sell us some opals from his own private mine shaft but ended up scaring us away instead.