Coober Pedy Attractions

Opal Mining History, Landscapes & a lot more

The town Coober Pedy owes its existence to 14-year old William Hutchison. He found the first pieces of opal at Coober Pedy in 1915, whilst looking for water during a gold prospecting trip. The name Coober Pedy derives from the Aboriginal words ‘kupa piti’, commonly assumed to mean ‘white man in a hole’. The town is world renowned for its precious opal – and also for its unique method of living underground in ‘dugouts’.

Attractions in & around Coober Pedy

Serbian Orthodox Underground Church, Coober Pedy, Outback, South Australia, Australia

Underground Churches

Coober Pedy is known for its unique Serbian Orthodox Church and the Saint Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church.
Wikipedia Serbian Church



The Breakaways

The Breakaways are a striking & unique example of arid scenery. From the flat – topped mesas to the stony gibber desert, remnants of millions of years provide a wealth of geological interests and breathtaking views.


painted desert

The Painted Desert

Stunning at sunrise, sunset or during the day, the name says it all. And from the Arckaringa homestead…the changing looks of the desert hills are in full view all day long.

The Painted Desert Website



Arid Areas Tours

Arid Areas tours specialises in customised tours of Coober Pedy and the surrounding regions. Wherever you want to go, and whatever you want to see, we can make it happen.

Arid Tours Website


opal museum

Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

 A unique underground Museum with detailed historical content of the town. It also contains an Aboriginal Interpretive Centre, an underground home and an original opal mine.


anna creek sation

Visit the largest Station in Australia

Book a Mail Run tour and visit some of the largest stations in Australia, including the Anna Creek Station – Grazed sheep originally,with 23000 square km the largest station in South Australia, Australia and the world.


At William Creek you can have a drink and a meal at the unique outback-bush pub as well as investigating the memorabilia from the railway days and rockets from the days of Woomera rocket range in the heritage park.


Noble Tours

Sit back and relax while our Australian tour guide shows you the real outback from our spacious and comfortable 4WD bus. We aim to give you the best photo opportunities and the best local stories and information on a true outback experience.

tom's working mine

Tom’s Working Mine

Located on the Opal Fields at Coober Pedy, Opal Capital of the World, this mine is an original old working mine and has been especially developed to let visitors experience how local miners work and excavate opal underground.


dog fence


The Dog Fence is the longest continual construction in the world. Stretching some 5,300km, it begins east of Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland and ends up north of Ceduna in the Great Australian Bite.


Lake eyre

Lake Eyre Scenic Flights

William Creek is also the home to Wrightsair that does scenic flights over the unique Lake Eyre. It contains the lowest natural point in Australia, at approximately 15 m below sea level , and, on the rare occasions that it fills, is the largest lake in Australia. Birds such aspelicans and banded stilts are drawn to a filled lake from southern coastal regions of Australia, and from as far afield as Papua New Guinea.

Take in the beauty of this arid land which has been the backdrop of many world-famous movies!