ATTRACTIONS

EXPLORE THE OUTBACK

COOBER PEDY

Gateway to the Outback

 

Staying or living underground is only part of what makes Coober Pedy an exciting destination. Coober Pedy was world renowned as the 'Opal Capital of the World' from the opal mining boom and still serves as an opal mining town but more importantly a tourist destination.

 

Whether you are driving the Explorer Highway (Adelaide to Darwin) or trekking the Streslecki and Oodnadatta track, Coober Pedy is a must see destination. From the Flinders Ranges all the way to Uluru you will discover some of the Outbacks most famous sights.

 

Our town suits as a great base camp for your outback adventure where you can travel out to Wiliam Creek, fly over Lake Eyre and The Painted Hills. For the adventurer why not drive the Oodnadatta track and visit the famous "Pink Roadhouse" continuing on to Arkaringa Station where you will see The Painted Desert; one of South Australia's best kept secrets! 

 

Travel to Mount Dare & Dalhousie Springs where you bypass Fogartys Claypan, the old Ghan Rail  and if you time it right you can go past Finke for the annual Finke Desert Race held annually every June.

 

The Coober Pedy Visitor Guide is available to download via our guest information page along with the Tours & Attractions booklet.

Arid Area Tours

Arid Area Tours

Organise a personalised tour of the Outback with Wayne from Arid Area tours. 0439 881 049 jo.ab@bigpond.com.au

The Breakaways Reserve

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

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 Big Winch Monument & Cafe

The famous Big Winch has spectacular views over town.

Underground Churches

Underground Churches

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) *Catholic Church *Catacomb Church

The Dingo Fence

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

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

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

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...

Golf Course

Golf Course

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

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

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

Arkaringa Station

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

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

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.

Crocodile Harry's

Crocodile Harry's

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.

Opal Shops

Opal Shops

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".

Josephine's Gallery

Josephine's Gallery

Aboriginal Art, Indigenous Artifacts, Didgeridoos & Kangaroo Orphange. Kangaroo feeding times daily at 12pm and 5:30pm.

Old Timers Mine

Old Timers Mine

Historic Home & Museum. Guided and self guided tours daily.

Wilpena Pound - Flinders Ranges

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.

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The Big Winch Monument & Cafe

The famous Big Winch has spectacular views over town.