Opals

Coober Pedy Profile


Opal Capital of the World

The cosmopolitan township offers all the facilities expected in a large country town, including numerous opal shops, restaurants and a variety of accommodation ranging from four star to backpackers and caravan/camping areas. The town is surrounded by a moon like landscape dotted with shafts and mullock heaps from opal mining activities, with opal workings extending for nearly 40km around the town.

 

Population

The District Council of Coober Pedy estimates the population to be around 3,500. Approximately 60% of the people are European, migrating from southern and eastern Europe after the Second World War. In all, there are more than 45 nationalities represented, which means that Coober Pedy has become one of the most ethnically diverse communities in South Australia, perhaps even Australia.


Although many residents were born in Australia, there is still a strong adherence to the cultural background, norms, values and expectations of each nationality. This gives the town a distinctive ethnic flair.

 

Industry and Income

Coober Pedy is quickly becoming the regional service centre of Outback South Australia, being the focus for essential services including medical, health, welfare, law and order, education and leisure. At present there are four main industries - opal mining, tourism, primary production and their support services. Coober Pedy is recognised as the largest producer of opal in the world. Together with Andamooka and Mintabie, 85% in quantity of the world’s opal is produced.

Experience Coober Pedy

  • Golf Club
    The Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club has been offering a unique course for golfers since 1976.  The course ...
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  • The Breakaways
    The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park covers almost 15,000 hectares featuring majestic arid scenery. There ar...
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  • Opal Fossils of South Australia; Origin Energy Fossil Gallery stage one
    Called the Opal Fossils of South Australia, the gallery shows the mighty marine reptiles that roamed in the cold ...
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  • Oasis Tours
    Oasis Town & Mine Tours  and Sunset Breakaways Tours run daily and are approx. 3 hours, Town & Mine ...
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  • Umoona Opal Mine
    Learn about mining and living underground in Coober Pedy with our informative tour and experienced guides. Visit ...
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  • Noble Tours Australia Pty Ltd
    Travel Coober Pedy and the Painted Desert with the professionals. Modern and well equipped vehicle with informati...
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  • Harmony Day Celebration
    Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owner...
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  • The Great Breakaways Marathon
    The GREAT Breakaways Marathon travels from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence, down Kempe Road (road to Oodnadat...
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  • Coober Pedy Opal Festival
    The Coober Pedy Opal Festival, fondly known as the Opal Festival, is the largest community event in Coober Pedy a...
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  • Westpac Banking Corporation
    Westpac Bank is Australia's First Bank with a range of innovative financial packages to suit your needs. ...
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  • Coober Pedy Regional Times
    The Coober Pedy Regional Times is a free independent newspaper established in 1982 by the dedicated voluntee...
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  • EATERY: Italian Club
    This is a local community club established in 1964 and run mainly by volunteers. Watch the sunset over the town f...
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