Coober Pedy, the opal mining town located in the harsh outback of South Australia about 540 miles (850km) north of Adelaide, operates largely underground. Homes, a church, a pottery studio and various businesses consist of 'dugouts', which have been built by the locals to escape the intense heat of this harsh region. Coober Pedy is recognised as the largest producer of opals in the world, and more than 100,000 tourists from around the world make the long pilgrimage to this unique town every year. The town features a working mine with a museum and shop for visitors, who can opt to stay in the 'Desert Cave Hotel' underground. The town is located beside the Stuart Highway, Highway 87, which provides plenty of refuelling spots on the route from Adelaide in the south or Alice Springs in the north. It is also possible to reach the town by air with Kendell Airlines, or by coach.
Address: Visitor Centre is located in the District Council Office, on Hutchison Street
Telephone: (08) 8672 5298 (Visitor Centre)
Opening times: Visitor centre is open from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 1pm on weekends and public holidays. Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day