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Coober Pedy Holidays Overview
At the edge of the Stuart Ranges lying on beds of sandstone and siltstone is Coober Pedy. Resting on what was once an ‘inland sea’, Coober Pedy provides the ideal rest stop for travellers between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Located 850 kilometres north of Adelaide and 680 kilometres south of Alice Springs, clear evening skies in this Outback town showcase the stars above splendidly.
Coober Pedy has evolved since the first Opal was found in 1915 into one of the most unique places in Australia and even the world. A multicultural melting pot, Coober Pedy has a relaxed and friendly lifestyle showcasing a diversity of people. Due to the high temperatures in Summer, Coober Pedy is best known for its style of underground living. Explore underground homes, museums, opal shops, art galleries and also the opal mines.
Arid desert country surrounds Coober Pedy. Water is precious in this Outback town with low rainfall, you will find mainly Australian native and desert plants in Desert Cave gardens. The Sturt Desert Pea is South Australia’s floral emblem and can be seen flowering spectacularly in gardens.
Originally known as Stuart Range Opal Field, Coober Pedy was renamed in 1920. Coober Pedy is believed to be an anglicised version of the Aboriginal words ‘kupa piti’, that is assumed to mean ‘white man in hole’.
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holidays - Top Events
The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show is held in July each year. Take this opportunity to browse the showcased products. If you are interested in Opals, register as a buyer to take up this opportunity. Classed as one of Australia’s premier Trade Shows, this is one event you don’t want to miss if you are interested in opals.
A day at the races will top off any visit to Coober Pedy. The Coober Pedy Races are held in August and is a wonderful opportunity to relax and get to know the locals. Enjoy a punt on your favourite horse and the atmosphere of an Outback Country racing.
The Desert Cave/Opal Inn Opal Classic is held in May each year and offers an intriguing experience to golfers. Take a turn around the course for fun or enter yourself in this 27 hole competition. If you just enjoy watching the game, cheer on your favourite and have fun joining in the camaraderie at the Desert Cave/Opal Inn Opal Classic.
holidays - How to Get There
Regional Express provides flights between Adelaide and Coober Pedy and Alice Springs and Coober Pedy Monday to Friday and on Sundays.