Coober Pedy Travel Guide

Coober Pedy is a mining town in the northern portion of South Australia. Located 846 kilometres north of Adelaide, the town is in a remote area of Australia. While Coober Pedy is far away from major cities, it is easy to reach from most places in Australia via Adelaide. you may reach Coober Pedy by bus or train. The Great Southern Railway has a station near the town.

Because of its large deposits of opal and other minerals, Coober Pedy is known as the opal capital of the world. Due to its isolation and harsh climate, Coober Pedy has a population of fewer than 2,000 people. The town’s economy is supported by the mining and tourism industries.

Things to see and do in Coober Pedy

This area has a desert climate. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature ranges from 6 to 38 degrees. Precipitation is expected on 38 days per year. On average, the area receives 130 millimetres of annual rainfall. Relative humidity fluctuates from 20 to 40 percent. Due to its nearly unlivable conditions, Coober Pedy does not have many permanent residents. Many of the town’s citizens live in dugouts, or normal homes that have been buried to avoid the sun’s harsh gaze.

Since Coober Pedy is located in an isolated area of South Australia, you will have opportunities to explore the raw wilderness nearby. Coober Pedy is situated on the edge of the Stuart Ranges. The opposite side of the town is guarded by a vast expanse of stony desert. Only a few species of resilient plants and animals are able to survive in the wilderness near Coober Pedy.


Coober Pedy – South Australia

People by the underground home of Crocodile Harry – a well known unique specimen in Coober Pedy, SA.

Begin your exciting adventure by visiting the Breakaways Reserve. Situated 32 kilometres north of the town of Coober Pedy, the Breakaways are known for painted hills and colourful rock formations. Due to their rugged beauty, the Breakaways are often featured in advertisements and films.

Bushwalk to the top of Panorama Hill for one of the most beautiful views of the area. If you travel through the area at night, you may encounter dingoes. After a hot day in the desert, explore the caves of the region. You will be rewarded with some well-deserved shade and lovely views.

Immerse yourself in the local culture by mining. Mining without tools, or noodling, is free to the public. If you wish to use a shovel, explosives, or dedicated mining tools, you will need a mining permit. During your mining adventure, you may be lucky enough to find your own opals that you can add to your personal collection.