To some, living underground is a daunting task but to others, it’s a way of life. People who have stayed in this little town in South Australia deserve a tap on the back for simply living in their so-called ‘dug-outs’.
Aside from their odd and somewhat primitive abodes, the locals of this blessed patch of land in Australia are also known for the generous opals they export to the world, hence being dubbed as the “World’s Opal Capital”.
With almost two thousand inhabitants based on the last census, the people of Coober Pedy have no plans of moving out and transferring to more modern cities, and there are plenty of reasons why they choose to stay.
Situated 846 kilometers from Adelaide’s northern tip is the small town of Coober Pedy. Due to its size, you can barely notice its existence on the map as that dot between Adelaide and Alice Springs.
Australia is known to have a very arid climate and so Coober Pedy has the same. Specifically, Coober Pedy has a desert climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. While visiting, expect to have warmer days and cooler, breezier temperatures during evenings.
In April and October, very mild weather is noticeable while December to February becomes much warmer than the remaining months of the year. There can also be rare episodes of dust storms.
If you expect to enter Coober Pedy by air, then you’d surely land in the sole airport servicing all travelers which is the Coober Pedy Airport.
Coaches from Adelaide mainly provide road transportation called the ‘Ghan’.
What to See
Old Timers Mine
Be submerged into a labyrinth-like underground complex which was built as a mining facility in 1916.
Get around and below Old Timers Mine via self-guided tours and look for the museum on the very veins of this underground destination.
Tom’s Working Opal Mine
For a fee, you can witness how people of Coober Pedy manufacture their main export product: opals. Watch miners get into serious business at 8AM, 10AM, 2PM and 4PM.
Serbian Orthodox Church
Despite the minuscule populace, Coober Pedy still upholds religion through this massive underground church adorned with well-placed wall carvings and a ceiling that’s hard to miss.
Losing yourself off the Big Winch is expected as this is one of the few ways that you can see the whole of Coober Pedy above ground.
Things to Do in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy – Travel Information