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Visit Coober Pedy

Getting there

Bus, car or plane

By car:

The Stuart Highway is one of the iconic road journeys of Australia.The scenery and environment north and south of Coober Pedy is fascinating and ever changing.

 

From Adelaide allow 9-10 hours.

From Alice Springs allow 6-8 hours

 

By bus:

National coach Greyhound provides various daily services.

T: 1300 473 946

W: greyhound.com.au

 

By air:

Regional Express Airlines operate a service to and from Adelaide.

T: 13 17 13

W: rex.com.au

Turn your visit into a short stay

Check out our itinerary

Friday: 

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

Saturday: 

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

Sunday: 

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.

 

Monday:  

Visit the underground churches, the Josephine’s Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage and Crocodile Harry’s Dugout.

 

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

 

Got more time? 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 Outback character Rowie 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.​

Want to find out more?

Visitors Information Centre

Lot 773 Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy
Telephone: 61 8 8672 4617
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 1pm