Coober Pedy Information - Facts about Coober Pedy Outback Tours Australia

an opal in Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is in the South Australian Outback.  Most of the population here live underground in dugout homes to escape the high temperatures in the summer months.  It is a fascinating place to visit and experience adventure tours in Australia with your family and friends.

There are around 4000 residents in Coober Pedy from around 40 different countries.  It is the worlds largest producing town of Opals.

Derived from the aboriginal word kupa-piti (meaning white mans hole) Coober Pedy opal fields were discovered in 1913 by Willie Hutchinson, a 14 year old boy.  The opal fields cover around 4,954 square kilometres and have 70 individual fields.

The town has an opal gallery, around 30 shops, the Old Timers Mine, Museums, Umoona Opal mine and more and most are built underground 

There are amazing natural landscapes including the painted desert, the Breakaways, the Moon Plain and more.   These landscapes have inspired many movies including “Fire in the Stone”, “Mad Max – Beyond Thunderstone” , “Ground Zero”, “Pitch Black” and “Red Planet”.

Coober Pedy is around 846km North of Adelaide, South Australia and you get to it on the Stuart Highway.  It is the largest opal mining area in the world.

The average temperature is 30-32 BUT in summer it often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius.

Coober Pedy is a very popular stopover point when travelling to Alice Springs as it is around half way.

We visit Coober Pedy on some of our Outback Australia Tours from Adelaide or Alice Springs including Uluru.