Things to See and Do
Near Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
There is nowhere on earth like Coober Pedy. Our unique desert landscape grows the most beautiful and precious opals in the world. It forges stunning sunsets; nurtures resourceful and colourful characters; builds homes under the ground and inspires a creative town filled with shops and art galleries. One Australia's most ethnically diverse communities, the population of 3,500 comprises some 45 nationalities.…
There is nowhere on earth like Coober Pedy. Our unique desert landscape grows the most beautiful and precious opals in the world. It forges stunning sunsets; nurtures resourceful and colourful characters; builds homes under the ground and inspires a creative town filled with shops and art galleries. One Australia's most ethnically diverse communities, the population of 3,500 comprises some 45 nationalities. A strong adherence to cultural backgrounds and values of each nationality creates a town with a distinctive ethnic flair in a stunning outback Australian landscape. A visit to Coober Pedy is a must for every traveller. It is a unique place in the true meaning of the word.
Featured Things to See and Do
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Stuart Range Outback Bus Tours
Our comprehensive Coober Pedy tour includes- the Breakaways, Dingo Fence, Opal fields, Moon plains, Opal mine and museum, underground Home, underground Church and town area. Tours leave early afternoon daily in the high season and fill up quickly, so we suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment. As a bonus with all bookings you receive 10% discount on our fabulous Nostimo Pizza. Takeaway, indoor or alfresco dining available, open 5pm-9.30pm daily.
Umoona Opal Mine and Museum
The Umoona Opal Mine and Museum contains an original opal mine, underground house, Aboriginal interpretive centre, panoramic theatre, historic displays, opal retailing shop and showroom, Aboriginal art and crafts. Guided tours conducted four times daily. Winner of four SA Tourism Awards.
Located within our park, the Nostimo Pizza & Restaurant was established by John and Maria Athanasiadis when they emigrated to Coober Pedy from Greece in the 1970's. Our pizzas are renowned in Coober Pedy and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Guests on our bus tours also receive a 10% discount on pizzas.
With 80% of the world's opals found in Coober Pedy, it's not hard to see why it's known as the "Opal Capital of the World". Gaea Gems is the jewellery shop located in the reception building of Stuart Range Outback Resort. Here you can find unique opal pieces, aboriginal art, the perfect gift, and souvenirs to attach your memories to. BIG4 memberships entitle you to a 10% discount.
Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre
The District Council of Coober Pedy and the Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre welcomes visitors to our unique town. There is nowhere else in the world like it. The Visitor Information Centre is within the administration complex of the Council Chambers. The centre provides detailed information on local attractions, a booking service for local tours and accommodation as well as information on areas throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory. Location: Hutchison Street Coober Pedy, South Australia
The Dog Fence
The Dog Fence is the longest continual construction in the world. Stretching some 5,300km, it begins east of Surfer's Paradise in Queensland and ends up north of Ceduna in the Great Australian Bite. It was originally built to protect the sheep country in the south from the Dingo (native Australian dog) in the north. This icon of the outback is located approximately 15km north-east of Coober Pedy. You can visit the Dog Fence as part of our Stuart Range Outback Bus Tour, departing BIG4 Stuart Range every afternoon in the high season. See all the highlights of Coober Pedy with a local guide on this 5 hour tour.
The unique Moon Plains in Coober Pedy are a must visit when driving through the South Australian outback. Used for the set of many movies, the moon like landscape will make you feel like you're on a different planet
The Breakaways are a spectacular example of beauty only to be found in the Australian outback. With a rich Aboriginal and European history along with rich flora and fauna, the area is not only beautiful but also fascinating. See the stunning Breakaways as part of our Stuart Range Outback Bus Tour, departing BIG4 Stuart Range every afternoon in the high season. See all the highlights of Coober Pedy with a local guide on this 5 hour tour.
Lake Eyre Basin
Lake Eyre is, on the rare occasion that it fills, the largest salt lake in Australia. Weather the lake has water or not mainly depends on the annual monsoon and how much rainfall it brings. 2016 has been a wet year and the lake is currently filled. This rare sight can be experienced from the air by flights departing from Coober Pedy with Wrights Air. Book yours now!
Ancient Inland Sea Made Today's Opals
Around 150 million years ago, the ocean covered the Coober Pedy region. After the sea water receded, climatic changes caused lowering of the underground water tables. Silica solutions were carried down to deposit in cavities, faults and fractures in the ground and now, millions of years later, these silica solutions have formed into opal. Coober Pedy is now one of the opal capital of the world and offers an abundance of opal attractions, tours, shopping and experiences for guests.
Underground Living, Shopping and Praying
Soldiers, returning from the trenches of France after World War I, are believed to have introduced the idea of living underground in warm summer days and cool winter desert nights. Regardless of the outside temperature, the underground temperature remains between 23-25ºC. Today more than 50% of Coober Pedy’s population (3,500) live underground in “dugouts”. There are underground shops, houses, art galleries and even four underground churches. Some underground spread to more than 450 sq metres.
Buying Australia's Best Opals
Coober Pedy shops have more opal on display than anywhere else in the world. You will find different types of opal from all around Australia so all you need to do is shop around for your special choice. All reputable shops will guarantee their opals in writing. Some shops also offer opal cutting demonstrations.
Wind Turbine Generator
The winds of the outback also generate our power. The Nordex Wind Turbine Generator was installed in 1991 and features a 30m high steel tower. The generators has an output of about 200KW, which services about 4% of the town’s power supply.
Noodling and Mining for your Own Opals
A designated opal noodling area is open to the public. Details from the Department of Mines & Energy. If you are not on a pegged claim and do not use a pick, shovel or any digging device then a permit is not required. Trespassers on claims can be fined. If you wish to mine in any way using tools, machinery or explosives, a precious stones prospecting a permit must be obtained from the Mines & Energy office.
Underground Art Gallery
A display mine with Aboriginal artifacts, art, didgeridoos and opal jewellery.
Coober Pedy Open Air Drive In Cinema
Enjoy this unique cinematic experience as gates open at 8pm and movie starts at 8:30pm summer time and gates open at 7pm and movie starts at 7:30pm during winter. So after watching the stunning sunset, head off to watch a movie