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Coober Pedy Travel Guide: 52 reviews and 95 photos

On the way

Coober Pedy is the Opal capital of Australia, set in a rather dry, desolate and hostile environment.
Coober Pedy comes from Kupa meaning 'white man' and Piti meaning 'hole'. It is translated from aboriginal to "white fellows hole in the ground", which suitably reflects the way in which most people live. Many of the people live in dugouts due to the extreme climate conditions within the area.
Since it was on the way to Alice Springs and had a reputation I allowed a stopover here. How glad am I that I did but it wasn't the opals that had me raving; no, it was The Breakaways.

Things to do

Coober Pedy was made famous not only for its opals but also by the film Mad Max III. You can visit Crocodile Harry's that also featured in the film, which is a very unique dugout house. Travelling further north slightly you can also visit The Castle which is a white and yellow formation amongst the Breakaways Reserve. (You can buy permits from the tourist office in Coober Pedy for $2.20 per person [2010 prices]). You should also head out to the Big Winch that has a great lookout over the town. There are also several trips around the opal fields and the town itself, as well as an interesting mail run into small rural communities and other interesting things to do in Coober Pedy.
There are several places to stay including campsites which may not be as lush as others you have stayed in, but interesting all the same. There are also several hostels, motels and hotels, some of which offer room above and below ground. There are a number of restaurants and cafes in town, and some of the pubs serve food. You can also try the miners club. If you are not driving then you can get to Coober Pedy from both Adelaide and Alice Springs by Greyhound bus services.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of opals and The Breakaways
  • Cons:Can get very hot in summer
  • In a nutshell:Definitely worth adding to your itinerary
  • Last visit to Coober Pedy: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Spectacular scenery, Ian and agree entirely about walking though the "pub" might not be the reason to do it. ;) Love this camping find too. Yes, many reasons to return to Oz.

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    gosh i just love the colours of our aussie outback! id love to visit coober pedy, have heard many an interesting tale about the place. perhaps one day! nice page mate.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Coober Pedy is one of the places I'm really looking forward to visiting. Might just pick up on underground camping!


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