Discover Coober Pedy Australia And Get Your Own Stunning Coober Pedy Opals
Coober Pedy Australia is a very unique Outback town that you will never forget because it is so unusual.
We visited Coober pedy when we were travelling from South Australia to Northern Australia via the Stuart Highway.
Coober Pedy is an opal mining town just off the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Port Augusta in the Central Australia of South Australia.
Coober Pedy is very popular and an iconic Australian Outback town.
Facts about Coober Pedy.
- Coober Pedy is well known for being the largest producer of opals.
- Coober Pedy is situated north of Adelaide and Woomera and south of Alice Springs and Uluru.
- Coober Pedys population is about 4000 people and most live in underground houses, especially in the extreme heat.
- The aboriginals originally named Cober Pedy.
- You can stay underground in a house, hotel or camping for something very unique. There are also caravan parks, motels and hotels for travellers.
Driving into Coober Pedy the first thing you see is red dirt and the shape of mullock heaps. But once you start exploring the town it has a very unique appeal.
We planned to stay for 2 nights.
We were going to camp with tents but soon discovered the ground was too hard to hit tent pegs into.
So we took the easier option and stayed in motel rooms at the Stuart Range Caravan Park which was basic but quite alright but it was not near the main street so we had to drive a short distance to the shops.
Another time we stayed at a motel on the corner of the main street called the Opal Inn Motel which made it real easy to walk around the main street.
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In the main street there is at least 10 or more Opal shops in the main street, there is actually about 29 businesses selling opals.
We looked in most of them and they started to all look the same, but the owners were interesting they all had a story to tell or something special to show. The opals where stunning with many varieties with prices to match.
There are several motels, hotels for accommodation even a underground hotel called the Coober Pedy Desert Cave Hotel.
There is a terrific lookout in the main street, the photo above shows how barren Coober Pedy Australia is. The football oval is dirt and so is the golf course, a very unique experience for golfers. The Coober Pedy golf course was featured on a recent episode of the 'Farmer wants a Wife' TV Show.
The underground homes are cool and so unusual, the entrance is at ground level with steps to walk down. The one we visited had the normal rooms also had a pool and billiard table.
When the temperatures outside gets to 50 – 60 degrees the temperature inside stays at a comfortable level.
There are many things for visitors to do, we went to ‘The Old Timers Mine’, Opal Museum, Underground buildings and searched for opals in the public noodling area.
There is also Coober Pedy Pottery, The Big Winch and lookout, the very interesting Breakaways which are about 30 minutes drive out of town, but well worth a look.
Photo of the Breakaways - Stunning at sunset and sunrise.
If you get the opportunity I highly recommend visiting Coober Pedy Australia, a very unique Aussie Town.
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