Date: Sunday 1 February
In 1915 the New Colorado Gold Prospecting Syndicate were prospecting for gold in outback South Australia. On the 1st of February 1915, a young prospector named William Hutchison wandered off in search of water but instead came back with a bag full of opal! This discovery sparked a mining rush in the area and the beginning of Coober Pedy as a town. A breakfast gathering will be held to celebrate William’s discovery, the birth of Coober Pedy and launch the Centenary year.
Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to and enrich this nation. In 2015 we hope to transform the usual Harmony Day celebrations into a Multicultural Festival. Come and celebrate Harmony Day with the Coober Pedy locals. There will be a range of food, arts, crafts and entertainment.
Date: Thursday2 April
The main street (Hutchinson Street) will come alive as the venue for the Centenary Street Party. The night will be full of fun, food and live music.
Date: Friday3 April
The 100 Year Ball promises to be the premier event of the Centenary celebrations. The evening will showcase our region; paying tribute to our pioneers and acknowledging the diversity and innovation that we enjoy today.
Date: Saturday4 April
Venue: OZ Minerals Oval
Ticket Price: $8 per Adult (18 & over)
$4 per Child (5-17 years) – children under 5 free
$20 Family tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Key Activities: Street Parade
Festival & Novelty Events
Opal ‘Noodling’ on site
Entertainment for all age groups
The Opal Festival is South Australia’s only event dedicated to the celebration of Opal and the significant role that the gem stone plays in the Coober Pedy community. The festival is held each Easter to celebrate the vibrant and culturally diverse community, the end of a long hot summer and to mark the commencement of the opal mining season. The Opal Festival is strongly supported by locals with approximately 1500 attending on the day. Intrastate, interstate and international visitors add an additional 20% to the attendance number.
It's hard to imagine a better place than the “Opal Capital of the World”, for a festival that is unique in every way. Coober Pedy not only produces an estimated 70 per cent of the world's opal, it boasts over 45 different nationalities living in the locality and is one of the most multicultural towns in Australia. Coober Pedy is also unique for its underground living lifestyle and famous landscapes, particularly the spectacular Breakaways, featured in many films.
The Opal Festival celebrates all these features and is the biggest local event of the year.
Date: Sunday 5 April
The Centenary Committee is pleased to invite past residents to a reunion lunch in Coober Pedy following the Centenary Opal Festival on 4-April. Take this opportunity to catch up with some long lost friends and acquaintances.
Date: Saturday 23 May
Venue: The Breakaways & OZ Minerals Oval
The ‘Bolt’ will take place on Saturday 30 May 2015; it is a marathon style event from the spectacular Breakaways, along the Dog Fence down the Oodnadatta Track and finishing at the Coober Pedy Town Oval. Participants in the ‘Bolt’ can walk, run, or ride, choosing to complete the full 35km or a portion of the distance, either 5, 10, 15 or 20km. The ‘Bolt’ has run annually since 2009 and due to its success and many requests we are planning to hold it again in 2015.