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Visitor Centre

It is estimated that approximately 150,000 tourists visit Coober Pedy each year.

The Visitor Information Centre is located in the District Council offices in Hutchison Street at the southern entrance of town and is open 7 Days. They provide an extensive range of information on Coober Pedy, the Outback Region, Alice Springs and Uluru, as well as being a booking agent for local tours and accommodation.

For up to date information or phone (08) 8672 4617

Open:
Mon to Fri 8:30am to 5pm,
W/ends & P/hols 10am to 1pm


Safety in Remote Areas

Know how to use your vehicle and engage 4WD. Take spare parts, including a strong jack and two spare tyres. Notify a responsible person of your itinerary.

  • Contact this person as you travel.
  • Carry adequate supplies of fuel, food and water.
  • Take frequent rest breaks and change drivers regularly.
  • Caravans - Pull over and give way to local traffic behind you if you are travelling slower than the speed limit
  • Avoid driving at sunrise and sunset when animals are most active.
  • Ring Department for Transport Energy and Infrastructure hotline (1300 361 033) for an update on road conditions.
  • Avoid travelling in summer when temperatures are extreme- 40 degrees plus.
  • Slow down or stop in event of dust storms September - December.

Leave gates as they were found. IN AN EMERGENCY DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE



Desert Parks Pass

The Desert Parks Pass includes a permit, handbook, park maps and wildlife information and allows 12 months unlimited access to South Australia's 12 million hectares of desert parks.

You will need one of these to plan your trip to Witjara National Park, Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve and Innamincka Regional Reserve (including Coongie Lakes,  Wamba Kadarbu Conservation Park and Lake Eyre National Park).



 Getting There


Drive
Most people self-drive to and around the region. Many of the roads are sealed so you don’t need a 4WD to see the key attractions. ALWAYS CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS before travel.

Car hire
Hire car companies are available in Coober Pedy, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Roxby Downs ex Adelaide.

Fly
Rex Airlines fly ex Adelaide to Coober Pedy, Sunday to Friday, Private charters are also available.

Rail
The Ghan departs Adelaide twice a week and stops in Port Augusta and Manguri (37kms outside Coober Pedy on a south-north and return north - south transcontinental journey. Take your car and break up your journey at Alice by driving through spectacular outback SA.

Coach
Greyhound Coaches service the region and is a national provider.

Caravans
Please be aware that the road from Pt Augusta to Coober Pedy and Alice Springs is a sealed road. Also note rest stops on the Stuart Highway are for temporary stops only, no overnight stays are permitted. For further information call Wadlata Outback Centre on 1800 633 060.



 Getting Around


The famous ''Ghan” railway line also runs nearby, linking Adelaide in the South to Darwin in the North – the world's longest rail route of its type...

...and closer to home, a stroll through the town's quirky collection of underground churches, galleries, homes (maybe rounding off the day with a round of golf on Coober Pedy's desert ''green'' – a place whose fame has spread to attract members of the venerable Royal St Andrew's course in Scotland.)



Phone Reception


Mobile phone coverage is limited. Check your supplier for coverage, or ask staff at a Visitor Information Centre. Public phones are common and internet is available in some places but do not assume easy access.



 Weather


Climate Data for Coober Pedy

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 48.2
(118.8)
46.7
(116.1)
44.4
(111.9)
40.0
(104.0)
33.0
(91.4)
29.4
(84.9)
32.0
(89.6)
35.0
(95.0)
39.1
(102.4)
43.9
(111.0)
45.6
(114.1)
47.8
(118.0)
48.2
(118.8)
Average high °C (°F) 36.4
(97.5)
35.7
(96.3)
32.8
(91.0)
27.6
(81.7)
22.3
(72.1)
18.8
(65.8)
18.7
(65.7)
20.7
(69.3)
24.5
(76.1)
28.9
(84.0)
32.1
(89.8)
34.6
(94.3)
27.8
(82.0)
Average low °C (°F) 20.7
(69.3)
20.8
(69.4)
18.2
(64.8)
14.0
(57.2)
10.1
(50.2)
7.2
(45.0)
6.3
(43.3)
7.4
(45.3)
10.1
(50.2)
13.6
(56.5)
16.6
(61.9)
19.1
(66.4)
13.7
(56.7)
Record low °C (°F) 9.4
(48.9)
10.6
(51.1)
9.6
(49.3)
5.0
(41.0)
1.4
(34.5)
0.1
(32.2)
−2
(28.4)
0.6
(33.1)
1.7
(35.1)
3.9
(39.0)
6.7
(44.1)
10.0
(50.0)
−2
(28.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 17.4
(0.685)
22.8
(0.898)
12.9
(0.508)
6.5
(0.256)
13.1
(0.516)
14.4
(0.567)
7.8
(0.307)
9.2
(0.362)
8.4
(0.331)
14.9
(0.587)
11.6
(0.457)
17.5
(0.689)
156.4
(6.157)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

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