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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  • 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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  • Umoona Opal Mine
    Learn about mining and living underground in Coober Pedy with our informative tour and experienced guides. Visit ...
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  • Desert Cave Tours
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • SERVICE STATION: Shell Roadhouse Coober Pedy
    Shell Roadhouse Coober Pedy. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...
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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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  • 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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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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