Coober Pedy Australia

Coober Pedy Australia is one of the most unusual towns.

Eight hours north of Adelaide in the outback South Australia is the opal capital of the world. Australia produces 90% of the world's opals, and by far the most of them come from this town.

But in fact, it's more than that. The town is just as famous for its underground homes, mines and museums, and you can even experience a night in some of the underground hotels.
Opal Fields, Coober Pedy, South Australia
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Underground Homes, Mines and Museums - Coober Pedy Australia
It’s a harsh country – winters are freezing cold and summer temperatures exceed 50°C. Add the dust storms, and you understand why half of the population lives in underground homes. The underground homes that you can visit are Faye’s Underground Display Home and Diggers Dream. There are also two underground mine museums: the Old Timers Mine & Museum and Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, which also runs tours. You can also visit the Underground Potteries, and the Crocodile Harry’s - an underground home that was featured in Mad Max III.

Display of Old Opal Miners Home, Coober Pedy, Outback, Australia
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Coober Pedy Fossicking
Would you like to have a go at fossicking yourself, a good place to do it is at the Jeweller’s Shop Opal Field in the northern end of the town. Visitors Centre is in the main street, not far from the Roman Catholic Church. Across the road from the Roman Catholic Church is the Post Office Hill Road, where there is an underground bookshop.

Eroded Landscape, Painted Desert, Coober Pedy, South Australia
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Lookouts and Moon Plain, Coober Pedy Australia
There is also a bare-earth golf course, and views over the town from the Big Winch Lookout.

Fifteen kilometres north of the town is the so-called Moon Plain, and 35km north, off the Stuart Highway, is the Breakways Reserve.

Kangaroo in Opal Mining Area in Coober Pedy in the South Australian Outback
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Underground Hotels
For underground accommodation, try Radekas Backpackers Inn or Riba’s Underground Camping.

Other places to stay are Comfort Inn Experience, Desert Cave Hotel, Desert Vie Apartments, Down to Earth B&B, Mud Hut Motel and Opal Inn Hotel.

Breakaways at Dawn, Coober Pedy, South Australia
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Here is a map of Coober Pedy Australia, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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