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

  • Noodling and Mining
    Noodling area open to the public. Check with the Department of Mines & Energy on areas to noodle. If you are ...
    Read More
  • Underground Living In “Dugouts”
    It is believed that the soldiers who returned from the trenches of France during the First World War introduced t...
    Read More
  • The Breakaways
    The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park covers almost 15,000 hectares featuring majestic arid scenery. There ar...
    Read More
  • BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Tours
    Our air-conditioned Coober Pedy Bus Tours are a hassle free informative introduction to our town and the nearby B...
    Read More
  • Oasis Tours
    Oasis Town & Mine Tours  and Sunset Breakaways Tours run daily and are approx. 3 hours, Town & Mine ...
    Read More
  • Riba's Underground Tours
    An on-site Opal mine tour is the highlight of your stay at Riba's. It is offered every evening for guests an...
    Read More
  • Harmony Day Celebration
    Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owner...
    Read More
  • The Great Breakaways Marathon
    The GREAT Breakaways Marathon travels from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence, down Kempe Road (road to Oodnadat...
    Read More
  • Coober Pedy Opal Festival
    The Coober Pedy Opal Festival, fondly known as the Opal Festival, is the largest community event in Coober Pedy a...
    Read More
  • EATERY: Italian Club
    This is a local community club established in 1964 and run mainly by volunteers. Watch the sunset over the town f...
    Read More
  • Westpac Banking Corporation
    Westpac Bank is Australia's First Bank with a range of innovative financial packages to suit your needs. ...
    Read More
  • Regional Development Australia, Far North
    The RDAFN provides economic development services to the communities of northern South Australia....
    Read More
  • Attractions
  • Tours
  • Events
  • Services

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!

Travel Information