Our Place

Our Place


"Coober Pedy:  It has a special, friendly, magical desert atmosphere - and offers attractions like nowhere else on earth."

Thomas Hammermeister 2016
President, Coober Pedy Retail, Business & Tourism Association
Hub of the SA Outback

From oceans to opals...

Around 150 million years ago, Coober Pedy was covered by ocean - and when the water receded, the sandy silica minerals from the seabed flowed into the rocky cracks and cavities and solidified over time into multi-coloured gemstone – opal.

Millions of years in the making, this abundance of rainbow gems have put Coober Pedy on the map as the opal capital of the world.

Come and see them in their natural state on a tour of the mines – or see them sparkle as polished gemstones in the town's galleries and shops. Very special souvenirs of your visit.

Yet there are other gems to discover in this amazing desert region – and we welcome you to explore them all.

Our place is like no other – for many of us choose to live like the opals: in the cooler spaces underground. Come and visit our desert homes, churches, galleries, hotels – then take a tour to experience our region in all its spectacular shapes and colours.

Wildlife, natural wonders of the landscape – and the world's most ancient living culture seen in the Aboriginal art throughout the region.

We welcome you to share our place for a while.

This website will provide simple yet helpful information about Coober Pedy and the region and is a portal to the many attractions and businesses in Coober Pedy that can help make your trip out here all the more wonderful!

Experience Coober Pedy

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Desert Cave Tours
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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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  • Tom's Working Mine
    Tom's Working Opal Mine has been around since '1988'.  1 hour tour with an experienced tour guid...
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  • Coober Pedy Races & Gymkhana
    The Coober Pedy Racing Club was started up in 1969 with the aim of bringing together town and station people &nda...
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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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  • Regional Development Australia, Far North
    The RDAFN provides economic development services to the communities of northern South Australia....
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  • Mike Maylin Construction Pty Ltd
    Contractor and builder...
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  • Neville J Smith Pty Ltd
    Neville J Smith Pty Ltd can provide advice on a range of general insurance products...
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The opal capital of the world

Around 150 million years ago, Coober Pedy was covered by ocean - and when the water receded, the sandy silica minerals from the seabed flowed into the rocky cracks and cavities and solidified over time into multi-coloured gem-stone - opal. Explore the opal capital!

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