Public Amenities

Water Supply

The region's low rainfall along with no permanent natural water source promoted the 1922 Government to construct an underground water tank to hold 500,000 gallons (approx.2 million litres). This supply remained unreliable so the State Government in 1967 developed a solar desalination plant to produce fresh water from salty water pumped from 100m below the surface. However, this did not produce enough water and was often damaged by high winds. Since 1985, a modern water desalination plant using a reverse osmosis process has been operated by the Coober Pedy District Council. Raw water is pumped from 60m deep artesian bores located 23 km north east of Coober Pedy, via a 200mm pipeline alongside the Oodnadatta Road to the town water tanks. Bore water pumps operate automatically via radio signals transmitted from the town Treatment Plant. The water quality is now excellent. For travellers, a coin operated water dispenser is available in Hutchison Street, adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre (Council Office).

Power Supply

Situated next to the Power Supply Plant, which is the largest diesel fired station in Australia, is the Wind Turbine Generator. Installed in 1991, the Nordex Wind Turbine Generator is mounted on a 30m high steel tower, having an output of about 200KW, which services about 4% of the town's power supply.


Coober Pedy has a modern 20 bed hospital with medical practitioners, on Hospital Road, Ph.8672 5009.


Ph.000 The Royal Flying Doctor is on call for emergencies.


Ph.8672 5207


Coober Pedy Pharmacy Hutchison Street. Ph.8672 3444


Wright Road. Ph. 8672 5056

Mine Rescue/SES

Ph. 8672 5999

Fire Brigade

Ph. 000

Post Office

In Miners Store. Ph. 8672 5062

Air Services

Regional Express Airlines - agent Desert Cave Hotel


Westpac Bank with ATM Hutchison Street, CBA Agency in the Post Office, ATM at Opal Inn Hotel & Desert Cave Hotel


Miner's Store & IGA Supermarket


Caltex, Mobil, Shell & BP Hutchison Street.

Car Hire

Coober Pedy Rent a Car Ph. 8672 3003, Budget Ph. 8672 5333


Coober Pedy Times


Area school for children from pre-school to Year 12

TAFE College

offering a variety of subjects.


Facilities are available for swimming, badminton, basketball, football, cricket, judo, 8-ball, soccer, golf, tennis, darts and netball. There is also an RSL, Lions, Motor and Rifle Club as well as numerous ethnic clubs.

Swimming Pool

ideal for laps, fun & aerobics.


ABC Radio 106.1FM, ABC Australian National 107.7FM Caama Radio 102.9FM, Dusty Radio 104.5M

Experience Coober Pedy

  • 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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  • 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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  • Desert Cave Tours
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  • Faye's Historic Underground Home
    Tour an authentic Coober Pedy dugout and learn about life underground.  This underground home (or dugout as ...
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  • Mail Run Tours
    An Outback Experience with a Difference Travel with the mail man delivering the mail to the historic towns of Oo...
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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 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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  • SUPERMARKET: Carter's Coober Pedy IGA Supermarket
    A Member of the Carter's Retail Group across SA. Trading Hours: 8am – 7pm Monday – Saturday 9a...
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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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  • 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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Experience life in the Outback

Coober Pedy would not exist without the 70+ opal fields providing the world's major supply of these gemstones – or the many family businesses and services which deliver the Outback hospitality which welcomes visitors each year. Today the town offers most modern amenities to allow comfortable living in a desert region where rain is rarer than gemstones.

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