Coober Pedy, SA: Destination Guide

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Experience life underground with a visit to the fascinating and truly one of a kind South Australian town of Coober Pedy.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Coober Pedy or find and book accommodation in Coober Pedy today.

About Coober Pedy

Originally known as the Stuart Range Opal Field, Coober Pedy is a unique and breathtaking desert landscape. Opals were first discovered in 1915, and in 1920 the area was renamed Coober Pedy. Today, the cosmopolitan town is known as the opal capital of the world, and boasts an incredible cracked surface often thought to resemble the moon. A fascinating town, Coober Pedy offers a taste of a one of a kind Australian region.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is surprisingly rich in museums and art galleries, most of which are built underground to avoid the searing summer heat. In fact, exploring the expansive underground community on a tour is perhaps the best way to spend an afternoon in Coober Pedy, as at the peak of summer the temperatures can soar to blistering heights.

Attractions in Coober Pedy

Old Timers Mine

Hand dug in 1916, the historic Old Timers Mine offers a number of galleries, underground homes and precious seams of opal that offer an incredible insight into life in this harsh area.

The Breakaways

The ‘Breakaways’ consist of colourful low hills which have broken away from the Stuart Range, 32km north of Coober Pedy. Visitors to the area can enjoy the views from two lookout points which uncover the incredible reaches of this colourful and open environment. On your way back, be sure to check out the famous dog fence, the longest continual construction in the world, stretching 5300km.

Tom’s Working Opal Mine

Located on the Opal Fields of Coober Pedy, this fascinating mine is an original wold working mine and provides visitors with the chance to experience how mines operate an how opals are excavated underground.


Between April and October, Coober Pedy is quite mild, with the days ranging between 16 and 20 degree Celsius, and the nights cold. The weather warms up between November and Mark, with days typically sitting between 35 and 45 degrees Celsius in the shade and dust storms not uncommon.

Getting to Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is located about 545km north west of Port Augusta in outback SA.

By car

Coober Pedy lies about 847km from Adelaide, with a  driving time of nearly nine hours along the Princes Highway and Stuart Highway.

By air

Direct flights operate between Adelaide and Coober Pedy, with a flight time of two hours.

Where to stay in Coober Pedy

Riba’s Underground Camping offers the unique experience of pitching your tent in an underground alcove. For more accommodation options in and around Coober Pedy, click here.