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Coober Pedy


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Coober Pedy, known as the Opal Capital of the World, is 529 miles northwest of Adelaide in South Australia and 427 miles south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.  Opals were first discovered here in 1915 and today 3,500 people, from all over the world, live in this frontier town.   What makes Coober Pedy so interesting is that half of its people live underground to escape the summer heat.  There are homes, stores, restaurants, bars, a museum and  churches that are all underground!  Surrounding the town are open mine shafts with sun-bleached mounds of earth.   While visiting Coober Pedy, you can go "noodling", which is the local expression for looking for opals, take some tours - town, desert, mine or even a mail-run, or visit an underground home.  The highlight for most people is a stay at the Desert Cave Hotel in one of their underground rooms. Just click on the Desert Cave button above to see this unique hotel in the middle of the South Australian Outback.   

The hills of waste are called mullock heaps, remnants of the mining. 

The unique Blower Truck is used in mining opals. 

Opal shopping underground at the Desert Cave Hotel.

You can help deliver the mail on the Mail Run Tour.

The Stuart Highway - 1670 miles from Adelaide to Darwin!

Going on a mine tour.

Noodling for opals.

Painted Desert

Painted Hills

Hanging out at the Desert Cave Hotel.

This is why this town was founded in 1915.  Opals! There are over 30 shops in Coober Pedy selling opals.

Coober Pedy has many unique things, for example, a public restroom - totally computerized - in the middle of this small desert town!  It's almost like space aliens dropped it here!

This beautiful area in the middle of the outback is called the Breakaways and is a 20 kms, 4-wheel drive trip  from Coober Pedy.

Boot Hill, Coober Pedy-style!


Photos courtesy of the South Australia Tourist Commission