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Welcome to Coober Pedy, South Australia's Outback

You can now purchase tickets and items for the centenary online!

The District Council of Coober Pedy, Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre & the Coober Pedy Retail Business & Tourism Association welcomes you to the Coober Pedy tourism website.

Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915. Since then, Coober Pedy has been supplying the world with the majority of gem quality opal.

Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability.

Coober Pedy has evolved into one of the most unique places in Australia and perhaps the world. It's a cosmopolitan town with a population of 3,500 and over 45 different nationalities.

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Centenary Calendar Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs for the 2 Centenary Commemorative Calendars. The winning photos are listed below.

Historical 1915-2015

There were not enough valid entry’s for the Historical calendar so the additional photos were supplied by the Coober Pedy Historical Society (CPHS)

January 1921 Sydney Mills on Opal Fields – CPHS
February 1930’s Miners in Front of Post Office – CPHS
March 1930 Tom Ryan’s Camp on Post Office Hill – CPHS
April 1947 Butchers Truck – CPHS
May 1958 8 Mile Hill, Ron Gough & Partners – CPHS
June 1958 Brewster’s Store with Tourist Bus – CPHS
July 1960 Aboriginals Noodling at Yorke Hoist – CPHS
August 1960 Local Aboriginals at Miners Store – CPHS
September 1980 Hutchison Streetscape – Steve Alford
October 1980 Kempe Road – Fay Alford
November Field Remnants – Michelle Riha
December Original Coober Pedy Plumbing – Marcia Child

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January Crystal Opal – Yanni Athanasiadis
February Coober Pedy Drive-in at Sunset – David Pietsch
March Coober Pedy Races – Freiya Reef MacNicol
April Coober Pedy Township – Marcia Child
May Cut Crystal Opal – Yanni Athanasiadis
June Lightning during Storm – Chantelle Van Poorten
July Moon at Two Dogs – Monique Harding
August Blower on Field at Sunset – Desrey Jones
September Sunrise over 12 Mile Field – Tanja Burk
October The Breakaways – Fay Alford
November Opal at the End of the Rainbow – Michelle Riha
December Wildflowers – Kim Reef & Sue MacNicol
Latest News

Breakaways Bolt

5 June 2014

Opal Festival Report – from Event Organiser

9 July 2014

Some exciting changes to The Breakaways Bolt including a name change

19 September 2014
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Contact Details
Lot 773 Hutchison St
PO Box 425
Coober Pedy SA 5723