Top Choice Museum in Coober Pedy

Old Timers Mine

This interesting warren of tunnels was mined in 1916, and then hidden by the miners. The mine was rediscovered when excavations for a dugout home punched through into the labyrinth of tunnels. As well as the great s…
Top Choice Sculpture in Coober Pedy


Check out this amazing leftover prop from the film Pitch Black, which has crash-landed on Hutchison St (...a minor Millennium Falcon?).
Museum in Coober Pedy

Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

For a terrific introduction to Coober Pedy – including history, fossils, desert habitats, Aboriginal culture, ecology and mining – take a wander through this free museum, run by the Umoona shop. Book yourself on a g…
Nature Reserve in Coober Pedy

Breakaways Reserve

The Breakaways Reserve is a stark but colourful area of arid hills and scarps 33km north from Coober Pedy along a rough road − turn off the highway 22km west of town. Entry permits (per vehicle per 24 hours $10) are…
House in Coober Pedy

Faye's Underground Home

Faye’s was hand dug by three women in the 1960s – an exercise in persistence, to say the least. It's now a time-warp museum and a window into life in Coober Pedy last century – a little flowery decor-wise, sure, but…
Landmark in Coober Pedy

Painted Desert

En route to Oodnadatta via the route running east from Cadney Homestead (151km north of Coober Pedy) you pass through the aptly named Painted Desert – a lumpy landscape of rock outcrops, coloured deep red, brown, or…
Mine in Coober Pedy

Tom's Working Opal Mine

The best place to check out a working excavation is Tom's, 2km southwest of town: miners continue their search for the big vein; visitors noodle for small fortunes. Self-guided tours run any time between 8am and 5pm…
Landmark in Coober Pedy

Moon Plain

The bleak, table-like Moon Plain on the road between Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta is a surreal place. The earth here has an oddly crusty, fractured surface: if it's been raining, you'll need a 4WD (and often even if i…
Sculpture in Coober Pedy

Big Winch

You can't miss the Big Winch, from which there are sweeping views over the Coober Pedy rooftops. An optimistic 'if' painted on the side of the big bucket sums up the town's spirit.
Church in Coober Pedy

Serbian Orthodox Church

This is the town's largest and most impressive underground church, with intricate rock-wall carvings and a gorgeous vaulted ceiling. It's about 3km east of town.