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

  • The Breakaways
    The Breakaways Reserve lies 32km north of Coober Pedy. It consists of colourful low hills which have broken away ...
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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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  • 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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  • Umoona Opal Mine
    Learn about mining and living underground in Coober Pedy with our informative tour and experienced guides. Visit ...
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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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  • Quest Opal Mine (Down & Dirty Tour)
    Dig for opal and try your luck....
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Revival Fellowship (Coober Pedy)
    A worldwide following of people from all races, walks of life, age groups and social backgrounds that share a com...
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  • Coober Pedy Historical Society
    Maintained by a dedicated group of Coober Pedy local volunteers, the Historical Society has an extensive collecti...
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  • Regional Development Australia, Far North
    The RDAFN provides economic development services to the communities of northern South Australia....
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