The Breakaways Reserve
Approx. 35km's North of Coober Pedy lies The Breakaways Conservation Park. These low lying hills have been the backdrop to many Australian & oversees films for its lunar like landscape and arid terrain. Parks pass available at the visitor information centre or the Underground Book Store.
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
This multi award winning complex has Coober Pedy's largest range of opal gemstones and jewellery.
Visit the Opal Mining Museum, see the Aboriginal Heritage
interpretive centre, a genuine heritage opal mine, dugout homes,
display of fossils from SA Museum
- just some of the treats Umoona has to offer! Tours 10am, 2pm & 4pm daily.
The Big Winch Monument & Cafe
The famous Big Winch has spectacular views over town.
Coober Pedy has 5 underground churches. All unique in their own way. Avaiable to walk through and take photos are:
*Serbian Orthodox church (as pictured)
The Dingo Fence
The Dingo Fence is the longest running fence in the world. The fence was built in the late 1800's to keep the dingo's out of pastoral South Queensland and ends in South Australia's far west. The length is approx 5,614 kilometres.
Coober Pedy Drive-In
One of only a handful left in Australia. Movies are screened each fortnight.
Summer Time (Nov - March) Gates open at 8pm. Movie screens at 8.30pm
Winter Time (April - October) Gates open at 7pm. Movie screens 7.30pm
Mail Run Tour
Join the Mail Run Tour delivering mail to the historic outback towns of Oodnadatta and William Creek as well as 5 remote cattle stations, including the world’s largest, “Anna Creek Station”.
You won't be disappointed!
Outback Film & TV
Coober Pedy and its hinterland has been the back drop to many movies & television series.
To name a few: Mad Max 3 - Red Planet -The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Opal Dream - Wim Wenders' - Until the End of the World - Dirty Jobs: Down Under - House Hunter & countless documentaries...
Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course the only club in the world with reciprocal rights to Saint Andrews in Scotland!
The course is a par 72, 18 holes.
Clubs and round hire is available from the Old Timers Mine.
Opal Fields & Mines
Of course the "Opal Capital of the World"is the place to see first hand how this unique town housed the boom of the opal industry. Unless you have a mining permit you will have to join a local tour to visit the Coober Pedy Opal Fields.
Check out the tours section of the Tours & Attractions booklet for available tours.
Lake Eyre National Park
Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre is located approx 250km's East of Coober Pedy. A surface area of 9500km's Lake Eyre is the largest in Australia and offers unbelievable photo opportunities. Tour Operators based in Coober Pedy offer 4WD tours or scenic flights to Lake Eyre North or Lake Eyre South.
Arkaringa Station 150km North of Coober Pedy, you can stay at the Arkaringa Homestead and catch the sunrise or sunset of The Painted Desert just 8kms away.
Toms Working Opal Mine
This is as close as you can get to the real thing! A modern day opal mine 500m North of town off the Stuart Highway. Experience a self guided walk through or join a guided tour to see it all in action.
Anna Creek Painted Hills
Only accessible by air you can enjoy scenic flights from Coober Pedy with Opal Air or flights from William Creek with Wrights Air.
This just may be one of the most unique places in Australia. Part of the film location for Mad Max 3 and home to "Crocodile Harry" the famous crocodile wrestler! Harry has since passed but you can still visit and view his underground home and see remnance from a scene of Mad Max 3 and sight the eclectic artwork & imagination of this local personality.
You will find a plethora of Opal Shops down the main drag of Coober Pedy. Window shop the best Opals from "The Opal Capital of the World".
Aboriginal Art, Indigenous Artifacts, Didgeridoos & Kangaroo Orphange.
Kangaroo feeding times daily at 12pm and 5:30pm.
Old Timers Mine
Historic Home & Museum. Guided and self guided tours daily.
Wilpena Pound - Flinders Ranges
The Extraordinary landscape of the Flinders Ranges and its ancient geological formations is breathtaking. You can visit Wilpena Pound by taking the highway from Port Augusta to Marree. You can then get to Coober Pedy via the Oodnadatta track or cut in from William Creek.