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

  • Noodling and Mining
    Noodling area open to the public. Check with the Department of Mines & Energy on areas to noodle. If you are ...
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  • Underground Living In “Dugouts”
    It is believed that the soldiers who returned from the trenches of France during the First World War introduced t...
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  • 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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  • Josephine's Gallery
    Discover the unique aboriginal art and local artifacts. Visit our Kangaroo Orphanage. Feeding times 12:00pm &...
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  • Faye's Historic Underground Home
    Tour an authentic Coober Pedy dugout and learn about life underground.  This underground home (or dugout as ...
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  • Arid Area Tours
    Arid Areas Tours offers small group and personalized tours of Coober Pedy and surrounding areas...
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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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  • 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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  • Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show
    The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show is a Great Outback Show held in the Opal Capital of the World and provides the opp...
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  • Mike Maylin Construction Pty Ltd
    Contractor and builder...
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  • SUPERMARKET: Carter's Coober Pedy IGA Supermarket
    A Member of the Carter's Retail Group across SA. Trading Hours: 8am – 7pm Monday – Saturday 9a...
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  • Coober Pedy Pharmacy
    A friendly local pharmacy located in the city centre for local and visitors convenience. Open weekdays 9am to 5p...
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