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Run the Outback in 2023

Updated: May 18, 2023

Turn your visit into a stay

Check out our itinerary!


Arrive in Coober Pedy, settle into your accommodation, get race-ready. There are many dining options in the township.


Watch “The Story of Opal” documentary at Umoona mine and museum.

Learn about the region’s history, mining, geology, landscape, underground lifestyle and Aboriginal culture. Explore dugouts and see valuable opals and fossils.

Visit a working mine to see how opals are traced and extracted, both by modern and older methods, and try ‘noodling’ for opal at the public noodling area.

There are guided and self-guided tours available.


Race day! Catch the bus from out the front of the council chambers or drive approximately 30km to Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park.


Take a half day flight with Wrights Air from Coober Pedy, over Anna Creek and Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda). Contact Wrights Air to discuss flight options.

Got more time? Why not stay on until Coober Pedy Opal Fest – June 16 – 18!

There are day trips from Coober Pedy that take you to stunning landscapes and remote outback towns.

Consider doing The Mail Run Tour—spend a day with an Outback mailman as he delivers the mail to historic outback towns and stations—and tying this in with a flight to Lake Eyre.

The sunsets over the Kanku-Breakaways are beautiful, so you may wish to take another trip out to the park one evening and see this for yourself. Take your camera!

More detailed information can be found in the Coober Pedy visitor guide.​

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