Coober Pedy is a town like no other. Situated in northern South Australia, 846 Kilometers north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy supplies the world with the majority of gem quality opal, and is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world”.
It is one of the most unique places in Australia, best known for its unique underground homes called “dugouts”.
Coober Pedy got its name from the Aboriginal term Kupa-piti, which means ‘white man’s hole’ or ‘white man’s burrow’.
When visiting Coober Pedy, you can stay in one of the unique undergroud accomodation places, like the Desert View Apartments. It really is something quite spectacular to be living underground, and the dug-outs stay a nice consistent temperature for most of the day.
John’s Pizza Bar & Restaurant in Coober Pedy is one of the best places you can go to eat in Australia. This family run business has taken out numerous awards.
Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on the 1st of February 1915. Today it relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability.