Services

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.

Medical

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

Ambulance

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

Dentist

Ph.8672 5207

Pharmacy

Coober Pedy Pharmacy Hutchison Street. Ph.8672 3444

Police

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

Banking

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

Supermarkets/Hardware

Miner's Store & IGA Supermarket

Fuel

Caltex, Mobil, Shell & BP Hutchison Street.

Car Hire

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

Newspaper

Coober Pedy Times

School

Area school for children from pre-school to Year 12

TAFE College

offering a variety of subjects.

Sports

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.

Radio

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

Experience Coober Pedy

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  • Golf Club
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  • Noodling and Mining
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  • Faye's Historic Underground Home
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  • Noble Tours Australia Pty Ltd
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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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  • Coober Pedy Races & Gymkhana
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  • The Great Breakaways Marathon
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  • EATERY: Italian Club
    This is a local community club established in 1964 and run mainly by volunteers. Watch the sunset over the town f...
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  • SUPERMARKET: Miners Store
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  • SERVICE STATION: Opal Miners Enterprise (OME)
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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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